Once again, the Angkor Amateur Open did not fail to impress as the biggest golf event of the year ended with a different twist. We finally got to see the first ever two-time champion of this highly anticipated event.
Cambodia’s leading amateur golfer, Ly Hong, told us before the event that he is focused on winning and he did exactly just that. In doing so, he made history by becoming the first person to win the Angkor Amateur Open more than once with a consistent performance of 71 on both rounds for a total of 142. The left handed golfer lifted the championship trophy for the first time in 2012 before claiming it again this year by dethroning last year’s champion, Amish Jaitha.
The race for the title was a close one, as Amish produced a round of 70 on the first day, leading Ly Hong by one stroke. However, it was Ly Hong’s steady play and skillful short game on the second day that sealed the deal and allowed him to cruise ahead of Amish by a total of four strokes.
“I am very happy since I was in second place last year and now I am back in first place. On the first day, I was trailing Amish by one stroke. Once we entered the second day, I tried my best to keep a good score and it worked out just like I’d hoped. The tournament this year is even more special as Amish and I had a very intense battle. He’s a very good golfer, nothing like your average player.” Ly Hong told Cambodia Golf Today.
“For next year, I will continue to try my best. Anything that you set your mind to will succeed and I am determined to give it my all to get the victory. “ Ly Hong added.
“I had a steady first round. I played the first nine holes fairly well on the second round, but that indifferent back nine (4 bogeys) set me back a great deal and after a fantastic 20 meter putt from Ly Hong on the 16th, I knew it was played” Amish said.