AAO Post Event Press Release 2019

Sold out in record time the 11th edition of the famous Angkor Amateur Open lived up to all the pre-event anticipation. With players from all around the region and beyond competing for the prestigious trophy, the Siem Reap venue saw almost half the field consists of players from Singapore and Australia in addition to fourteen players representing their home Country of Cambodia.

The local players in the filed would consist of three current National Team players hoping to make a strong impression, including 2017 winner Seng Vanseiha, Poeu Pichmeta, IM Reahul and last year’s winner Ly Hong.

The course set-up would prove to show a true test for the 118 competitors, with the rough left a little longer than normal there was a big emphasis on hitting the pristine fairways around the Faldo Design Championship lay out, add in the testing (unusual) windy conditions it was to be a ‘survival of the fittest’.

 Calle Lund (Sweden), based in Kuala Lumpur, in recent years a regular to the event would lead the way after round one with an impressive level par 72. Amish Jaitha (India) opened up the event with an impressive 73 (level par), one shot behind tied with Vanseiha who also opened with a solid 73 (+1). The top three separated themselves from the field with Im Reahul (national team player) the next closest challenger a further five shots behind on +6 (78).

Round two would prove to provide some testing playing conditions in the back-9 with strong winds blowing across the golf course. Using their past experiences the battle for the Trophy would be decided on the final hole.

With a double bogey on the 10th Lund would find it difficult to keep in touch. 2017 champions Seiha would be pushed all the way but birdies on 10 and 14 saw him maintain a narrow lead over Amish who made a birdies of his own on 11 and 13. After a bogey on 17 it was the local (Seiha) who would take a one-shot lead going to the 36th holes over Amish.

Amish (last year’s runner-up) made an impressive par on the final hole while Seihas second shot found the green side bunker, at one point his ball was only a few yards from the pin but luck was not on his side as the ball caught the slope and ended it an awkward position in the sand that would proceed to cost him a double bogey six to lose by one. Amish was rewarded by taking driver on the final tee shot, setting up a short approach to the narrow front pin position leaving a simple two-putt to claim victory. Amish is now only the second multiple winner of the AAO with his maiden win coming in 2014.

“From the start of round two I was behind, having to catch Calle then Seiha but I was patient and eventually got passed them on the 18th to secure the win. I would like to thank the Pro (Alan Martin) at Angkor who helped me with some quick tips on Saturday after my round and my Pro (Jon Garrett) in Hanoi who helped me prior to the event with my short-game.

I would like to dedicate this victory to my four-year-old son and I look forward to returning next year to defend the title” Amish Jaitha – 2019 AAO Champion.

“We’re delighted with the response and feedback from all of the participants. Over the years the event has brought so many golfers together from around the world and it’s always nice to see these friendships strengthen each year through the platform of golf. I would like to congratulate all of the prize winners and take this opportunity to thank all of our partners and sponsors for their continued support.” David Baron, Director of Golf


With the increasing popularity and demand for the two flagship events at Angkor Golf Resort, they have launched a new International Team Championship for late October 2019. Full further details check out their website.


Post Event Release Angkor Fourball Championship 2019

Cambodian pair grab stylish victory….

 The 4th edition of the popular Angkor Fourball Championship was another huge hit. The pairs event attracted 116 players representing 14 countries worldwide. The award-winning Faldo layout is arguably one of the finest courses in SE Asia and is well suited to the pairs format. The strategic layout dishes out numerous challenges but the composite set-up of Blue & White tee’s presents the teams with several risk or reward holes.

 This year produced record scoring and after day 1 the event was wide open. In the gross division, defending champions Neville Hogan & Zak Hasting were in a tie for the lead on -5 with Sebastien Sawtell & Gary Brookes. Just 1 stroke behind on -4 the Cambodian pairings of Im Reahul & Chhhin Chansangha and Ly Hong & Tan Savun. A further 4 teams were also well in contention.

 What a difference a day makes!

 Overnight leaders Neville Hogan & Zak Hasting and Sebastien Sawtell & Gary Brookes struggled to build on their overnight lead, posting rounds of 69 (-3) and 71 (-1) respectively. In years gone by this may have been enough, if not for the phenomenal form of leading Cambodian players; Im Reahul & Chhin Changsangha who charged through the field posting 9 birdies with no dropped shots in a memorable final round performance. The pair raced out of the blocks making birdies on holes 2,5,6,7,8 to open up a lead at the turn. Past Champions Amish Jaitha and Khusaal Thakersey were also making a charge, closing with a final round 65 (-7). However, the local pairing held their nerve and posted a further 4 birdies on the back 9 to post a stunning final round score of 63 (-9).

Net Champions:

 The net division was an equally close and competitive affair. The top 10 teams were all within 5 strokes of each other after 36 holes. The eventual winners were Lewis Hood & John Palumbo with rounds of 65 & 64(-15) to claim victory by 2 shots from the female pairing of Mychelle Tai & Lim Pai Ling who closed with an excellent final round of 61 (-11). 3rd place went to local stalwarts Ly Hong and Tan Savun with a 36-hole total of 132 (-12). Thomas Woolsey and Oneal Qin claimed 4th place, narrowly missing out on a countback also on -12. The early pacesetters in the gross division continued to gel well and held on to claim the 5th net prize on -11. May Leow & Helen Ee of Singapore grabbed the 6th net prize on -10 pushing Andrew Nicholson & Brendan Leadbetter into 7th place on a countback.

Final Leaderboard:

Rina Tatematsu Wins Pre-Qualifier C, Heads To Final Stage of Lalla Aicha Tour School


Japanese amateur Rina Tatematsu won Pre-Qualifier C by seven strokes after carding a final round of 70 at Angkor Wat Golf Resort in Siem-Reap, Cambodia.

Tatematsu finished with a 72-hole total of nine-under-par 279 on the Faldo Design Championship Course.

Savannah Vilaubi from the USA came through the pack with a 67 to finish in second position on two-under-par.

Japan’s Mina Nakayama, Hikaru Teranishi and Ayaka Nakayama finished in third, fourth and fifth respectively.

The top five players advance to the Final Stage of Lalla Aicha Tour School, to be held at Amelkis Golf Club and PalmGolf Marrakesh Ourika in Morocco from Friday 16th to Tuesday 20th December.

Tatematsu made six birdies and four bogeys on the final day. The 17-year-old, who lives in Bangkok, Thailand, said afterwards: “I got birdie on number two and on number three, I missed a short putt so I took a bogey. On the fourth, I made bogey, but on the fifth, I got a nice birdie which turned things in my favour and I also birdied the sixth. I got to three-under after 17 and made a bogey on the last hole.”

“I think that this course has a lot of water on the left side and you need to hit the driver in position on every fairway so that you can hit your second shot into the green with no problems. I think I did that well and had good course management.

“I’m very happy that I won the qualifier and looking forward to qualifying in Morocco. I would like to keep it up. There are lots of great players playing in the LET and it could be a great start to my career.”

European Tour hopefuls tee off in Siem Reap

After Tuesday’s practice session and feel of the award-winning Sir Nick Faldo-designed course, 10 aspiring tour pros from five countries will be in high spirits for Wednesday’s tee-off at Siem Reap’s Angkor Golf Resort (AGR) for the Ladies European Tour (LET) Q-School Pre-Qualifier C.

The four-round LET Lalla Aicha Tour event is a gateway for female players to compete at an elite level globally, and the last six winners have gone on to achieve phenomenal success.

The top finishers in the Cambodian leg will move up to the final stage of the Qualifying School that doles out tour cards for the new season to compete at the highest level.

For the second consecutive year, Amelkis Golf Club and Palm Golf Ourika (Morocco) will play host to the Final Stage in December, with two fields playing both courses twice ahead of the final round to be held at Amelkis Golf Club.

The five-round event will test the skills and stamina of the rising stars of the game under intense pressure to gain their 2019 Ladies European Tour cards.

To make it all the way to Morocco, the players will have advanced from the pre-qualifying stage or finished in the top 25 of the world amateur golf rankings. Players who are in the top 100 of the Rolex women’s world golf rankings or who narrowly missed out on a full card via the LET access series are also eligible.

The AGR earned plaudits from both the competitors and LET for its organisational excellence last year, marking Cambodia out as a popular destination.

Thailand’s Jackie Chulya won the event last year, and despite the field being small, it was highly competitive and the AGR’s head professional Alan Martin is optimistic over a similar build-up this year.

The significance of the qualifying process has been heightened by the fact that the last six winners have gone on to achieve phenomenal success.

Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn, who won the first Lalla Aicha Tour School at Al Maaden in 2012, is now a two-time Major who has twice held the World No1 spot, including as recently as July, following her victory in the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open.

She, along with the 2014 and 2015 medallists, Aditi Ashok and Nanna Koerstz Madsen from India and Denmark respectively, have won multiple tournaments and played in the historic Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Meanwhile, Sweden’s Madelene Sagstrom, the winner in 2016, advanced directly to the European Solheim Cup team.

“The golf course is in top condition as always and it seems like rainy season is over. So, the course will be a little firmer than in previous years,’’ noted Alan Martin.

“It’s a great honour to host such an event for the LET. We are hopeful of developing this event into a main Tour Event with Live TV coverage that will help raise the profile of golf in Cambodia.

“The ladies will play the course at around 6,200 yards – a good test – and they will probably have to score under par to progress to Morocco,” the AGR’s head professional said.