Bangladesh is a country with immense potential in golf. Siddikur Rahman showed the way to up-and-coming golfers by winning the Brunei Open in 2010 and Hero Indian Open in 2013 that background and financial status doesn’t matter if you have the talent and perseverance. Siddikur has since played all over the world and represented Bangladesh in major golfing tournaments.
However, no-one else since Siddikur have been able to reach that height. The Bangladesh Golf Federation (BGF) is trying it’s best to unearth new talents. It is conducting various tournaments and programs with amateur golfers. As part of the talent hunt, the Kurmitola Golf Club is hosting a tournament with amateur golfers from 10 countries. The prestigious tournament will be held from March 8-11.
It is the biggest tournament after the Asian Tour in terms of ranking (‘E’ category). Apart from hosts Bangladesh, the best amateur golfers from Australia, South Korea, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Nepal and Bhutan will participate.
Joint Secretary of Bangladesh Golf Federation and CEO of KGC, Colonel (retd) M Shahidul Haque said, “We are going to organize this amateur ranking tournament with many countries of the world. After gaining experience by playing in such tournaments, our amateur golfers will become professionals and carry the flag of Bangladesh.”
Golf Federation’s Chief Coordinator Lt. Colonel (Retd.) Ahsan Aziz said, “We have two challenges in this tournament. One is to successfully complete the event; another is to win the title. Hopefully we will succeed in both. It is a great honour for us that golfers from countries around the world are coming to play here.”
Bangladesh national golf team coach Nadeem Hossain said, “I am very optimistic about winning the title. Our boys are doing very well. I believe that one of them may be the next Siddiqur Rahman. I believe that we can bring our country the title of events like Asian Tour or European Tour.”