The AB Bank Bangladesh Golf Open-2018, an Asian Tour approved Professional Golf tournament of the country, inaugurated today at the Kurmitola Golf Club, one day before the formal start of the tournament, said an ISPR press release.
Mirpur cantonment defense services command and staff college commandant and Bangladesh Golf Federation (BGF) senior vice-president AKM Abdullahil Baquee inaugurated the meet as the chief guest.
General Secretary of BGF Brigadier General Kazi Shamsul Islam, tournament director Brigadier (retd) Abidur Reza Khan, joint secretary Brigadier General (retd) M Ohahidul Haque, AB Bank Limited managing director Mosahiur Rahman Chowdhury and its deputy managing director Sazzad Hossain were present, among others, on the occasion.
Host Bangladesh is directly participating in the main round of the tournament with 35 rising golfers and six professional golfers being as a host country which is a big achievement for the country.
The 65-year old Kurmitola Golf Club, has been a regular venue for Bangladesh to host the Asian Tour and the Asian Development Tour.
AB Bank Limited, the main sponsor of the tournament, entered its first foray into professional golf by supporting the country's National Open by offering prize money of US$300,000 to give an opportunity to local golfers to follow the footsteps of Bangladesh celebrated golfer Siddikur Rahman, who is a two-time Asian Tour winner.
The fourth edition of the country' professional golf tournament welcomed by many celebrated golfers from Asia, Europe, America and Africa including worthy champions since its inaugural edition in 2015.
On the occasion, professional golfers, officials, referees, organisers, media related persons from 25 countries across the World have already arrived in Bangladesh.
Chief of Army Staff and Bangladesh Golf Federation president General Abu Belal Muhammad Shafiul Huq is expected to present on the closing day (May 12) of the tournament and distribute the prizes.