The third edition of Bashundhara Bangladesh Open is all set to start at the capital’s Kurmitola
Golf Club from tomorrow with the participation of 132 golfers from 19 countries across the world.
The US$300,000 event, considered as Bangladesh’s biggest international golf tournament, will feature Singapore’s Mardan Mamat, who won the opening edition of the meet in 2015, in-form Thai golfer Sutijet Kooratanapisan, who finished runner-up last year, India’s Jeev Milkha Singh and American Johannes Veerman. Other notable players in the tournament this year include in-form Shubhankar Sharma and Rashid Khan of Indiaas well as Casey O’Toole of USA.
Ace local golfing sensation Siddikur Rahman, the two-time Asian Tour winner, will lead Bangladesh contingent along with Shakhawat Sohel, who was country’s top performer in the last edition and Zamal Hossain Molla. As hosts, 33 rising professional golfers and six amateur from Bangladesh will be taking part in the final round.
Siddikur’s performance in the previous two editions was not up to the mark as he failed to emerge as the best local player in both tournaments. Siddikur finished 35th last year while Sohel and Zamal placed sixth and seventh respectively.
The winner of the Bangladesh Open will take home a prize purse of US$54,000 and a unique trophy designed in the form of Bangladesh’s national animal, the Royal Bengal Tiger.