The four-day long ‘ Asian Tour’ Bashundhara Bangladesh Open 2015 organised by Bangladesh Golf Federation (BGF) is all set to commence from today being hosted at the prestigious Kurmitola Golf Club (KGC), an International Golf Tournament is being held on our soil for the first time.
Bashundhara Group, the country’s leading business conglomerate, is the title sponsor of the international professional golf event involving prizes totaling US$300,000, with local hero Siddikur Rahman headlining the tournament on home soil.
The four-day long tournament is anticipated to be one of the biggest professional golf events in Asia with the leading professionals from Europe, Africa and Asia taking part in this prestigious International golf tournament.
Most of the leading players on the tour are Asian, but players from other parts of the world also participate. For example, a good number of Australian, American and European golfers are participating in the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open.
However, BGF organized a Pro-Amateur (professional-armature) competition held on Tuesday at KGC, where 25 selected professionals team up with 75 local amateurs in a friendly match play ahead of the today’s Bashundhara Bangladesh Open-2015 opener.
Additional Managing Director of Bashundhara Group Safwan Sobhan, teed off the event as chief guest.
Among others, Major General (retd) Mahbub Haider Khan, adviser of Bashundhara Group, MM Jashim Uddin, head of Branding and Marketing of Bashundhara Group, Bashundhara Group Adviser (PR) and Head of AHR Lt Col (retd) Khandaker Abdul Wahed, BGF Secretary General Brig Gen Abul Fazal Mohammad Sanaullah, BGF Federation’s Junior Division President Maj Gen Md Masud Razzak were also present on the occasion.
The Bashundhara Bangladesh Open will be held on the Asian Tour from May 27-30, marking the fifth new tournament added to the continental circuit this year.
The True Thailand Classic, AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, Vascory Classic in Malaysia and Ho Tram Open in Vietnam were previously added to this year’s Asian Tour.
Country’s golf ace Siddiqur Rahman aside, a total of 150 Asian professionals from 25 nations, including 31 Bangladesh golfers, will participate in the four-day world-class golf meet.
Bangladesh maestro Siddikur became the first Bangladeshi champion on the Asian Tour when he won the 2010 Brunei Open and subsequently added a victory at the 2013 Hero Indian Open. The 30-year-old finished in the top 10 on the Order of Merit in 2010, 2011 and 2013, and was 36th last season after his year was curtailed by a back injury.
He also featured prominently in Team Asia’s fantastic fightback to draw with Europe in the inaugural EurAsia Cup in Malaysia, contributing two points from out of three including a convincing 4&3 singles victory over Ryder Cup player Stephen Gallacher. Siddikur is also in the running to qualify for next year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
According to BGF, in all 31 local golfers are going to represent our nation in upcoming Asian tour Bashundhara Bangladesh Open and at least 6-10 local Golfers among the participants, have the capability to beat any Golf competitor. Besides Siddikur, they believe three to four players, including Sajib Ali, Jamal Hossain Mollah and Jibon Ali will come up and probably they will finish in the top five.
The winner of Asian Tour will secure approximately 18% of the amount totalling US$300,000 as prize money. Some 65 players will receive prizes in sliding scale.
Earlier, a three-year agreement between the Bangladesh Golf Federation (BGF), the organiser of the tournament, and the Asian Tour (AT) was signed at the launching ceremony at International Convention City Bashundhara.
The logo unveiling ceremony and formal launching of Bashundhara Bangladesh Open Golf Tournament-2015, was also held at the same carnival where Additional Managing Director of Bashundhara Group Safwan Sobhan, Senior Vice-President of BGF Maj Gen Mizanur Rahman Khan and Mohammad Shariz of Asian Tour officially unveiled the tournament logo.
Bashundhara Group entered into a three-year sponsorship agreement with Bangladesh Golf Federation on April 7.