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Angkor Open tees off in Siem Reap

Angkor Open tees off in Siem Reap

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Nick Toon tees off at the first hole of the Angkor Golf Resort. The course will host the Angkor Amateur Golf Open this weekend. Photo Supplied

The 3rd Angkor Amateur Golf Open will hit the greens at the picturesque Angkor Golf Resort in Siem Reap this weekend.

After a practice round for each player on Friday, the first round tees off on Saturday with the final round on Sunday.

Unlike the two previous editions, this year’s event bears a truly international look with golfers from India, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, South Korea and Vietnam jumping into the fray alongside some of the leading names in the Cambodian golfing scene.

“Leading the charge is a group of 25 golfers from Chennai [India],” Adam Robertson, General Manager of Angkor Golf Resort, told The Post yesterday.

“After having experienced Siem Reap and Angkor Golf Resort, the group was keen to return for the Open.”

According to organisers, the 2011 tournament has attracted a record number of sponsors with prizes on offer from Cambodia Angkor Air, Golf Asian, Liberty Travel, Taylor Made, Best Western Hotel and Tiger Beer.

“I am especially pleased with securing the sponsorship of Oakley sunglasses which are a very popular brand in the golfing scene,” added Robertson.

“The magnitude and quality of prizes to be won at the Open is a testament to those companies wishing to align themselves with golf and create more brand awareness amongst golfers. I am thrilled with the response so far and I look forward to a keenly contested tournament.”

The manager also revealed that the Angkor Golf Resort had recently featured in the Rolex World’s Top 1000 golf courses.

A lavish dinner will be hosted at the course on Saturday evening with drinks provided by Tiger Beer and Johnnie Walker. After the final round on Sunday, the prize giving ceremony will be held on the clubhouse balcony.

Those who have not yet registered can do so by completing a form at 50 Norodom Boulevard in Phnom Penh or at the Angkor Golf Resort, or by visiting www.angkor-golf.com.

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