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Organisers for Angkor Amateur Open remain hopeful

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A player in action during last year’s tournament at the Nick Faldo-designed course. Angkor Golf Resort

The organisers for the Angkor Amateur Open, one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in Cambodia, said they remain hopeful that this year’s edition of the annual event will push through as scheduled.

The Angkor Amateur Open 2020 is scheduled to be held from August 7 to 9 at the Angkor Golf Resort in Siem Reap. But in common with additional sports events in Cambodia and other countries, the holding of the three-day golf tournament has been thrown into uncertainty because of the escalating health crisis.

The ongoing health crisis is expected to have lingering effects on the Kingdom’s sports sector that will last for a month or more, depending on how the local or global health situation pans out.

David Baron, director of golf at Angkor Golf Resort, said they are hoping that the event will be held as scheduled. The Angkor Golf Resort is the main organiser for the event.

“Hopefully, the Amateur Open will go ahead but there is a real risk that the situation may not have fully recovered by that time,” he said.

The event is already fully subscribed with 120 participants from Cambodia and abroad. As usual, golf players and enthusiasts from Malaysia, Singapore, Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Philippines, India, Japan and Thailand are expected to come to Cambodia for the tournament, which has grown to be one of the most established and eagerly anticipated golfing events in the Kingdom.

Last year’s edition drew 118 participants from Cambodia, Australia, Malaysia, Singapore and other countries. Among them were several National Team Players, including 2017 winner Seng Vanseiha and 2018 winner Ly Hong.

“The Amateur Open is Cambodia’s most established and prestigious tournament with a loyal following. We are also pleased to see new faces each year. The camaraderie is excellent,” Baron noted.

The event is open to men and women with multiple divisions and prizes based on handicap. “We have Division 1, Division 2, Seniors’ Division and Ladies’ Division,” he added.

Part of the event’s proceeds go to charity.

“We work with amazing sponsors each year and always incorporate a local charity to benefit from the proceeds. This year we will be working with the Women’s Resource Center here in Siem Reap,” Baron said.

Cambodia has recorded 87 confirmed cases of COVID-19 as of March 24. The escalating health crisis has caused the cancellation or postponement of most football, basketball, martial arts, golf and other sporting events in the Kingdom.

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