The eighth edition of the eagerly awaited Angkor Amateur Open Golf Championship tees off next Saturday (6th August) at the Nick Faldo-designed Angkor Golf Resort in Siem Reap.
A full field of 120 international players, representing 13 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 and local favourite, Ly Hong is in the field again, more determined than ever, after creating history last year becoming the first player to win the title twice 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 3 years in-a-row, will be run in four divisions, offering amateurs of varying handicaps and skills a fair go in their chosen categories.
After the popular introduction last year, there is again a senior division for players aged 55 and over.
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 Heineken, awaits the participants on Saturday evening at the Sokha Angkor Resort.
“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.
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." Director of Golf, David Baron
A new feature for the event this year will see AGR's Head Professional, Alan Martin, on hand to provide some free golf tuition to all competitors on the morning of the practice day (Friday 5th).
"The greens here are a strong feature of the golf course in particular the subtle surroundings and run-off areas, I will be on hand to assist anyone who wants some advice/hints/tips on chipping and putting in preparation for the main event" Head Professional, Alan Martin