The 2017 Angkor Amateur Open, Cambodia`s biggest golf event not only in size but also in prestige, came and went earlier in August. With the absent of the reigning champion Ly Hong, all eyes were fixed on last year`s runner-up Seng Vanseiha to be the favorite for this year’s title.
The two days event, with the 2017 Angkor Amateur Open being the 9th edition, was held in the weekend of 5th and 6th of August with an included practice round on the prior Friday for the field of 109 players spread out over four divisions. Despite the unrelenting downpour in the week leading to tee-off, the course managed to stay dry throughout the whole competition. Instead of worrying about the rain, however, players now had to take on the Cambodian heat. The course was in excellent condition and ready for players to make their mark in the competition.
With three times winner Ly Hong unable to make it to defend his title, it leaves the door open for a new champion to emerge. As part of their schedule to get ready for the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia, the Cambodia’s national golf team also competed in the tournament. Among them is Seng Vanseiha, last year’s runner up by a hair strand and the favorite to win this year. The Phnom Penh’s long hitter definitely did not disappoint as he came in strong and finish the first round with a one under par to gain a one stroke lead over Timothy G Lau and Todd Doss.
The second day was a different story as only a few players managed to post a consistent score over the weekend. Nonetheless, Seiha kept himself composed and finished up the humid second day with a round of 77 (+5) which was enough to keep Todd Doss at bay after the American posted a round of 78. With a total score of 148 (+4), Seng Vanseiha was crowned the new Angkor Amateur Open champion.
“This is the first time for me to win this tournament. I’m so happy to be the Champion of the 2017 Angkor Amateur Open. It is a very good event for me to get my momentum going for the 2017 Sea Games.” Seiha told Cambodia Golf Today.
“Seiha is a worthy champion and I have no doubt he will be a leading national player for many years to come. He is a powerful young player who conducts himself very well on and off the golf course. Hopefully he can be a role model for young players in the Kingdom.’’ said David Baron, AGR’s Director of Golf, after the trophy presentation.
For net score winners in Division 1, it was an all Khmer podium. National team member Leng To took the highest step with a total of 77 stableford points to place himself ahead of Sor Thet and Lee Hong who had 76 and 75 Stableford points respectively, making the top 3.
Division 2 was prey for Cambodia`s Yem Rada who posted rounds of 89 and 86 that resulted in a total of 83 Stableford points, enough for him to take the trophy home while Best Gross title went to Alex Baker with rounds of 83 and 87. As for the Ladies Division, Best Net went to Rachel Cheng with 69 stableford points and Best Gross went to Tiana G Lau with rounds of 75 and 80.
In the Senior Division, the congratulatory went to Siem Reap`s resident expat Don Bonner with rounds of 91 and 96, giving him 78 Stableford points and his first Angkor Amateur Open trophy. Best Gross went to Ooi Wai Kin who played incredible golf with rounds of 73 and 74.
“Thanks Angkor Golf Resort for putting on the tournament. Loved the buffet lunches and the course was beautiful. This was my third time playing the Angkor Amateur Open. I had good fun in the heat, met and played with some very nice people. I hope to play again next year.” said Don Bonner winner of the 2017 Angkor Amateur Open Senior Division.
Next year will be the 10th anniversary of the Angkor Amateur Open and there will be a special celebration. We look forward to the occasion and to see you all again next year!
Find more photos of the 2017 Angkor Amateur Open here.