Cambodia’s first international golf tournament

Cambodia’s first international golf tournament

In late 2006, Asian Tour announced that they are going add 8 new tournaments in 2007 edition of Asian Tour.

Jonnie Walker Cambodian Open was one of the debut events in 2007 season and this tournament was a very special one for the country because for the first time Cambodia hosted an international golf event.



The Phokeethra Country golf course
(Photo Credit: exoticgolfholidays.com)

The Phokeethra Country Club was given the golden opportunity to host the country’s first international event where more than 125 players took part in the event.
 
The four-day event was scheduled from 29 November to 2nd December and was the second last event of 2007 season.



Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen tees off 
during the opening ceremony (Photo Credit: CAAI News Media).
 
Round 1:

Adam Groom (Photo Credit: Golf Grinder).

On day one, Australia’s Adam Groom led in round one by scoring seven under 65.

Round 2: 


Bryan Saltus (Photo Credit: golftrade.net)

Groom got -4 in the second round to overall score of -11 for a share in the lead with Bryon Saltus, who got 66 and 65 in first two rounds for his T1.
 
Round 3:
Groom got better of Saltus in round three as he got 70 compared to Saltus’s 71.
So, the Groom was the new leader with an overall score of -13 and Saltus was in second place on -12.
 
Round 4:
Groom and Saltus were separated by just one stroke before the final round begins on Sunday.
On Day four, both Groom and Saltus were the last groups (including Thaworn Wiratchant) in round four’s draw, to tee off at 11:20 AM.

Leader Groom got +1 and had a poor start in first nine and Saltus on other hand had a great start with a hat-trick of birdies in first three holes followed by a bogey and birdie to end first nine at -3.
After the end of the first nine, Groom was at -12 and Saltus was leading over Groom by three strokes with -15.
In second nine, Groom got more birdies (3) then Saltus (2) but still, Saltus won the tournament with an overall score of -17 and Groom who lost the lead on day four, got a score of -14 and had to take the runner-up finish.



2007 Cambodian Open Champion
Bryan Saltus (Photo Credit: The Associated Press).

To come back from one stroke deficit and win the tournament over three strokes was a big thing for Bryon Saltus who won his first professional tournament in 2007 at the inaugural Jonnie Walker Cambodian Open.

Final Result:

Position: Player Name: Par: Round 1: Round 2:
1. Bryan Saltus -17 66 67
2. Adam Groom -14 65 68
 
Round 3: Round 4: Score:
71 67 271
70 71 274

The two highlights of this tournament were, Indonesia’s first international tournament and the amazing contest between Australia’s Adam Groom and USA’s Bryan Saltus for first place.
 
After 2007, the country hosted three more Asian Tour events and 2010 was the last edition of Asian Tour’s Cambodian Open.
 
Nonetheless, the inaugural edition of Cambodia Open was a stepping stone in Indonesia golf because, after that, Cambodia hosted several international golf events and the most recent tournament was 2019 Asia Golf Championship which targeted South-East Asia golfers.


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May 23, 2020 - By Dhruv Trivedi

From sleeping in the bunkers to winning the Indonesia Open: The Incredible story of Indonesia’s Golfing Legend Kasiadi

From sleeping in the bunkers to winning the Indonesia Open: The Incredible story of Indonesia’s Golfing Legend Kasiadi

Kasiadi is one of the most influential figures in Indonesian golf. He is remembered for winning the Indonesian Open in 1989.
 
Kasiadi was born at Indonesia’s port city of Surabaya and in city’s eastern part there is a course named Ahmad Yani golf course, where young Kasiadi got his first job of caddie and along with accompanying guests.

While seeing the guest play golf on a regular basis, he developed a curiosity about the game, even though he didn’t know anything about golf and thought of playing the game but it was difficult to play on day time because of his work in the club and on the course. A few months later, he established a proper plan for playing golf and he decided to play golf at nights when he was free and there was no work.
Kasiadi took golf equipment from the club where he was working because he couldn’t afford to buy one and started practising golf at nights from 9 PM.

Kasiadi was a self-learned golfer because there was no one to make him enlighten about the sport so, one day, he thought of figuring out by himself as he started observing the guests playing golf shots, then he used to replicate the same shots at night.
After practising hard, he used to sleep at midnight in the sand bunkers, where he kept his head on the sand and legs outside, on the grass. He continued this routine for the next six years where he worked all day and practiced at nights on the course.
 
In 1984, Kasiadi directly turned professional instead of amateur, because he couldn’t afford to pay registration fees for becoming an amateur so, turning pro was easier. From 1984-1988, he won a couple of local tournaments and then the year came (1989), which changed his life forever.
 
In 1989, Kasiadi participated in the 15th edition of Indonesia Open sanctioned by Asian Golf Circuit.
The tournament course was a shorter one with 70 pars and was hosted by the revered Jakarta Golf Club.
On day one, players and fans were stunned to see a rather unknown player Kasiadi, getting a good score of two under 68 for round one and playing really well, again he got the same score in round two (68) and improved his score by one par in round three by scoring five under 67.
Staying inside par 70 for three days, helped Kasiadi to gain confidence and have an outside chance of winning the national open.

On day four, he had a great start and for 15 holes, there was no lapse in concentration for Kasiadi but when last three holes started, he found it peculiar that the fans had started following him whenever he used to go from one par to another.
Finally, this affected his game in the 18th hole when, somebody from the crowd said “he is going to win it for Indonesia” and this affected his concentration and had a terrible shot, which makes him gave away a bogey from his scorecard.
But still, Kasiadi won the event by three strokes over defending champion Frankie Minoza.
Kasiadi became the first Indonesian to win the Indonesia Open, since its inception in 1974.
 
Over the years, Indonesia’s international tournament, the Indonesia Open was won by non-Indonesian players for last 15 years, but thanks to Kasiadi, Indonesia also have their very own champion in the Indonesia Open winners list.
 
11 years later, Kasiadi got a dreadful accident and suffered a grave injury in his left hand and it took him many months to recover.
 
Kasiadi went to the course after recovering completely and when he hit a couple of shots, he felt that his driving distance was reduced and earlier, he easily got drives over 250 yards but after the accident, Kasiadi struggled to get even a distance of 200 yards. So, a few years later, Kasiadi thought of teaching the younger generation and focusing on a new career of golf coaching and due to this, he reduced the no. of tournaments, he played in a year after 2000.
 
Two of the best traits about Kasiadi were determination and his mental game, from the very beginning Kasiadi was determined to become better and he was never satisfied with his practice and achievements which subsequently made him win so many tournaments in his career because he always wanted more.
Kasiadi always mentioned about the importance of the mental game in golf, during his interviews as before every shot, par or hole he used to analyse the game, just like the game of Chess and this strategy helped him to become a better player.

Last time when a local player won the Indonesia Open was in 1989 and 31 years have passed and still, not a single Indonesian player is able to win the tournament.
 
Then also, there are few players who went really close to winning the open:

2011 Indonesia Open - Rory Hie:
Throughout the week, Rory Hie had great rounds but missed the win by just one stroke and finished runner-up in 2011.
 
2019 Indonesia Open – Naraajie Ramadhanputra:
Naraajie was the closest to winning the open for Indonesia because he was leading the tournament after end of round three and was carrying the hopes of a nation when he went to the course to play the final round but unfortunately in last six holes of round four, he got four bogeys, one birdie and one double bogey to +6 and he went from leading the tournament to finishing 4th, which shattered his dream of becoming the second local player to win the Indonesia Open after 30 years but it looks like, Indonesian fans might have to wait a little longer when a golfer like Kasiadi will come and win the event for Indonesia.

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References:
-Inilah.com
-Kompas.com

[COVER PHOTO CREDIT: ASIAN TOUR]


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May 09, 2020 - By Dhrub Trivedi

Last Bangladeshi golfer to win the Indian Open: Siddikur Rahman

Last Bangladeshi golfer to win the Indian Open: Siddikur Rahman

Hero Indian Open is one of the prestigious tournaments in Indian golf, started from 1964.

In 1970, Indian Open became part of the Asia Golf Circuit (now, Asian Tour) which has helped the event to become global and allowed more international players to participate in the Indian Open.
 
Over the years, the only South Asian country to win Indian Open was India itself and after 49 years Bangladesh became second South Asian country to win the Indian Open.
 
So, we got back in time to relive Bangladesh’s first Indian Open win:
 
The Indian Open came back to DLF Golf Course in 2013, after 2012 edition was hosted by Karnataka Golf Association course.
 
120 Players participated in 2013 edition, first round was started at 6:30 AM and like every other early round, this one also had large no players tied with each other and after end of first day’s play, 6 players were tied for first place including, Siddikur Rahman.

Siddikur Rahman became the sole leader in round two after getting six under par, total score of 12 under par.
 
Round three’s cut off was at 71, Rahman not only stayed in the lead, but also had a clean round with zero bogies and increased his total score from -12 to -17 by scoring five under 67 in a 72-par course.
 
Now, the final round of 2013 Indian Open was really strange for Rahman as he entered the round with 17 under and a four-stroke lead over second place SSP Chourasia.
Rahman got even par in his first nine of round four by sinking two birdies and at the same time giving away two bogies.
The Bangladeshi’s second nine was bad because he got bogies in first two holes (10th and 11th) but brought his round score back to even par from +2, after getting back to back birdies in 13th, 14th hole.
 
After controlling his scorecard for 14 holes finally, he slipped in last four holes, where his score was double bogey, bogey, birdie, and an even par on 18th hole to end round four on +3. Due to this, his final score was decreased from -17 to -14.
 
Siddikur Rahman escaped the playoffs and won the tournament just by one stroke over tied Anirban Lahiri and SSP Chowrasia.
Even after having an unusual final round still, Rahman won because of his initial three rounds, where he got 66, 66, 67 which created a big gap between him and his opponents.

Final Results:

Position: Name: Par: Round 1: Round 2:
1. Siddikur Rahman -14 66 66
Round 3: Round 4: Final:
67 75 274

So, on 10th November, 2013 Bangladesh’s Siddikur Rahman became the first Bangladeshi to win the Indian Open.
[COVER PHOTO CREDIT: DHAKA TRIBUNE]
 

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