The seventh edition of the eagerly awaited Angkor Amateur Open Golf Championship tees off this Saturday at the Nick Faldo-designed Angkor Golf Resort in Siem Reap.
A full field of 120 international players, representing 14 countries will hit the fairways of the award winning course in a two-round competition that offers up to 20 prizes in four divisions.
Defending champion Amish Jaitha of India is back again, more determined than ever, to create history as the first player to retain the title since the inaugural Open in 2009.
This year’s field is arguably the strongest ever assembled with 15 players within a handicap bandwidth of 0-5, raising the spectre of a thrilling climax to the fight for the overall Gross Prize that also ensures Championship success.
The Kingdom’s most prestigious golfing event which has been fully subscribed like last year will be run in four divisions, offering amateurs of varying handicaps and skills a fair go in their chosen categories.
For the first time, a senior division for players aged 55 and over has been introduced.
Players with a handicap between 0-12 will figure in Division I while the second division is for players in the handicap range of 13-28. The women’s event will run concurrently.
Friday’s official practice round sets the tone for two competitive rounds on Saturday and Sunday.
A lavish welcome dinner, hosted by the event’s lead sponsors Tiger Beer, awaits the participants on Saturday evening at the Sokha Angkor Resort.
In addition to the free flow of Tiger Beer, players will be able to enjoy on-course cocktails mixed by Hard Rock Cafe Angkor, Fruit flavoured Ciders by Brunty’s and Aquarius sports drinks provided by Coca-Cola.
Any player lucky enough to score a Hole In One on Hole Number 9 will drive away with a brand new BMW sponsored by BMW Cambodia.
On Hole Number 12, players will have the opportunity to take part in the ‘SMART Challenge for Education’ whereby anyone hitting the green will be entered into a lucky draw for an iPhone 6 with all proceeds going to the Charity, Family Care Cambodia.
“We are once again delighted by the response to the event and look forward to welcoming all of the players on Friday, both returning players and new participants alike.
” AGR’s Director of Golf David Baron told the Post yesterday.
“I must take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors who have kindly donated numerous prizes.
We have golf equipment supplied by Puma, Footjoy, Fenix, Srixon, Volvik and Champ in addition to golf holidays provided by luxury five star hotels such as Raffles Grand D’Angkor and Park Hyatt to name a few.
Our main aim is always to allow people to participate in a fun, yet professionally organised golf tournament while showcasing the wonderful destination of Siem Reap.
’’ said David Baron, who is a member of the British PGA.