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Bashundhara Bangladesh Open 2015 kicks-off today

By UNB, DHAKA
27th-May-2015       
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All the preparations have been completed to host the first-ever Asian Tour event in Bangladesh, the 300,000 US Dollars "Bashundhara Bangladesh Open 2015" Golf tournament, begins today (Wednesday) at new look Kurmitola Golf Course in the capital.
Kurmitola Golf Club is fully prepared to embrace national and international players and officials participating in the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open 2015 and most of the golfers are already in the capital.
In all, 156 leading golfers from 24 countries of the world including a record 31 players from hosts Bangladesh, including country's premier golfer Siddikur Rahman, will compete in the four-round 72-hole tournament, sponsored by local leading business house Bashundhara Group.
At least 10 former Asian Tour winners and 127 top golfers from all over the world will compete at the international standard 6500-yard golf course in the tournament, one of the five new Asian Tour events of this year and the 2nd Asian Tour in South Asia after India.
Asian Tour, the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia based in Singapore, is going to organize the International Golf Tournament in
Bangladesh from May 27-30 in conjunction with the Bangladesh Golf Federation.
A three year-agreement has been signed earlier between Bangladesh Golf Federation (BGF) and the Asian Tour and similarly another three year-agreement has also been signed between BGF and the title sponsor Basundhara Group.
Bangladesh previously staged domestic and regional golf tournaments including with Professional Golf of India (PGTI) Tour and also hosted an Asian Development Tour (ADT) tournament in 2011.
Two-time Asian Tour event winner Siddikur Rahman, whose performances were not up to the mark in the last few tournaments, think that the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open (BBO) is an opportunity for him to come back and he believes this is his golden ticket to a third Asian Tour title.
The 30-year-old Siddikur Rahman, ranked 32nd in Asia, hopes to shine at his home course at the Kurmitola Golf Club and win the prestigious trophy which is designed in the form of Bangladesh's national animal, the Royal Bengal Tiger.
"If I can play my own game here, I think I can win this tournament. This is definitely a golden opportunity for me to win and prove that Bangladeshi golfers are good," said a confident Siddikur.
"I'm physically fit and I really look forward to a good week. I didn't prepare any differently this week because I feel very comfortable here. I think the fans and golfers will really enjoy the week," he added.
"I'm very excited that this week has finally arrived. I'm feeling great because this is my home course. I don't feel pressure because I've won many tournaments here" said Siddikur.
Siddikur, who worked as a ball boy at Kurmitola Golf Club before turning pro, will headline the US$300,000 Asian Tour event alongside Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, Singaporean Mardan Mamat and India's Rashid Khan.
The winner will receive approximately 18% of total prize money and 64 other players who make the cut after two rounds will also get prize money in sliding scale.
Apart from 31 players from hosts Bangladesh, 30 golfers from Thailand, 26 golfers from neighboring India and 10 from Australia will compete in country's first-ever heavyweight golf event.
The tournament committee also announced the daily ticket rates which will be available at Tk 300 for members and Tk 500 for non-member spectators.
Meanwhile, Vice Chairman of Bangladesh Golf Federation and Chairman of the meet's Organising Committee Major General Mizanur Rahman Khan, Chairman of the Event Management Committee Major General Mashud Razzaq, Secretary General of Bangladesh Golf Federation and Captain of Kurmitola Golf Club Brigadier General Abul Fazal Sanaullah are all working hard to manage the whole event along with 60 associated officials.
Besides, some 15 officials from Asian Tour will administer the tournament alongside 4 Bangladeshi officials qualified at the highest level. Nearly 300 ground staff will assist in the running of the event.

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