2017 ended on a high note for golf in Cambodia with the Cambodia Golf Federation (CGF) and Pisnoka International Corporation teaming up to organize the Samdech Techo Prime Minister Cup at the Grand Phnom Penh Golf Club on the 16th to 17th of December. The event was the biggest of the year with the attendance of over 200 golfers.
Prime Minister of Cambodia, Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padey Techo Hun Sen, opened the event with a nice drive up the tenth fairway as the Team Event, a three-person scramble, got underway in the morning of December 16th. The Individual Event was a two -day affair played in the afternoon of the 16th and morning of the 17th with more than 140 players entered. Closing out the event was a gala dinner at the Cambodiana Hotel, followed by the award ceremony with Prime Minister Hun Sen himself presenting the trophies to the winners.
In the Team Event, H.E. Meas Seng, H.E. Neang Phat and H.E. Huy Piseth were named as the winners with a very nice 9 under par for a score of 63. First runners-up were the team of H.E. Pol Saroeun, H.E.Touch Seounghay and H.E. Bin Chhin who were a shot back at 64. Second runners-up title went to the team of H.E. Tea Vinh, H.E. Meas Sam Ol and H.E. Khiev Muth with a score of 66.
The top golfer of the competition was the left-handed Ly Hong, who fired an impressive 3 under par for a score of 69 to capture the Gross Division title. Poh Ee Kiat took first runner-up honor with a round of 70 followed by second runner-up Seng Vanseiha‘s 73 to round up the top 3.
The Net Division was lead by an unbelievable net score of 57 from Prum Suonpraseth. Nou Eleden was named first runner-up with a net score of 69 while Ly Kea was named second-runner up with a net score of 70.
“I really didn’t expect to do well since I was really busy the few weeks before the event and didn’t have much time to practice. My short game was not great but my long game really came through and I ended up shooting a 74 to give me a net score of 70.” Ly Kea told Cambodia Golf Today.
The Non-Handicap Division was lead by Mr. Tomoyuki Yamashita with a 4 under par performance for a round 68 while first runner-up was Gen. Veat Tha with a score of 70. The Ladies Gross Score trophy went to City Golf’s caddie, Say Sreyny, who managed shoot 4 over par to card a score of 76. Net honor for the ladies was awarded to Chhorn Vicheka with a net score of 67.
“I am really happy and very proud of myself for this victory. I want to thank City Golf for giving me the opportunity to pick up golf and be able to continue practicing and Deputy Prime Minister Samdech Pichey Sena Tea Banh for providing me with the golf equipments to use.” said Sreyny.
The CGF committee members, the team of Pisnoka International Corporation and Grand Phnom Penh Golf Club as well as everyone who was involved in organizing the event deserve a big thanks for their hard work in making the tournament enjoyable for everyone.