Jazz wins 3rd Bashundhara Bangladesh Open title
The 21-year-old Thai, who started the round with a four-shot advantage, showed nerves of steel as he completed a sensational wire-to-wire victory with a winning total of 17-under-par 267.
Jazz was delighted to get his career back on track after failing to keep his Asian Tour card for the first time of his career last season where he finished 63rd on the Order of Merit. He returned to the Qualifying School last month but did not manage to secure his card.
Country’s ace golfer Siddikur Rahman flew his country’s flag high in his National Open where he emerged as runner-up (13-under-par 271) in the third leg of the Asian Tour this season.
The 31-year-old double Asian Tour winner really rocked with his performance as he strongly moved up from 29th place after first round. He got US$33,000 for confirming second spot in the competition.
Bangladesh golfer Dulal Hossain finished at 15th with 5-under-par shots and Jamal Hossain Mollah finished 26th with an equal par performance.
Akbar Hossain, another rising talent of Bangladesh, was adjudged the ‘Best Amateur’ golfer in the tournament. He scored 294 points from the four rounds whereas he played 10-over-par shots for holding 65th spot.
American Dodge Kemmer secured his best finish after returning with a 68 to take third place on his own on 273.
Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat, who turns 24 years old yesterday, produced an impressive back nine 32 on the way to a solid 67 to share fourth place on 274 with countryman Rattanon Wannasrichan (68) as well as Indian duo Chiragh Kumar (68) and Shubhankar Sharma (70).
Bashundhara Group, the country’s largest business conglomerate, was the title sponsor of the four-day long ‘Bashundhara Bangladesh Open-2017’ of Asian Tour Golf Tournament, which was organised by Bangladesh Golf Federation at Kurmitola Golf Club.
A total of 134 golfers from 22 countries, including 33 professional golfers and six amateur golfers from home, participated in the competition.
Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain handed over the champion’s trophy to Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond as chief guest.
Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan graced the event as special guest.
The winning trophy was designed in the form of Bangladesh national animal, the Royal Bengal Tiger. Jazz bagged US$54,000 courtesy to his title from the Bashundhara Group Chairman Ahmed Akbar Sobhan.
Among others, Senior Vice-President of Bangladesh Golf Federation and Chairman of organising committee Major General AKM Abdullahil Baquee, Tournament Director of Asian Tour Jittisak Tamprasert, Joint Secretary of the Bangladesh Golf Federation Brig Gen Md Obaidul Haque (Retd) and Bashundhara Group Adviser (PR) and Head of AHR Lt Col (retd) Khandaker Abdul Wahed were present during the prize giving ceremony.
Vice-Chairman of the organising committee Brig Gen Md Mohiuddin Siddique hosted the closing ceremony of the 3rd Bashundhara Bangladesh Open-2017 Asian Tour Golf Tournament.
Apart from these, higher officials of Bashundhara Group, officials of Bangladesh Golf Federation, officials of Asian Tour, guests, journalists and photographers of electronic and print media also attended the final day of the mega event.
Housing and Public Works Minister Engineer Mosharraf Hossain said, “I am happy to be present here. Bashundhara Group has successfully completed the tournament for the third time. The tournament is a pathway for promoting golf as well as our tourism sector also. I congratulate to all home and overseas golfers for their participation in this competition. The popularity of golf is increasing day by day. We have 13 golf clubs. Our government is taking an initiative for establishing another golf club in Cox’s Bazar.”
“I congratulate all golfers for their participation. I congratulate Jazz Janewattananond for achieving the champion title and also for his brilliant performance. It is not actually only a golf competition; it is a way of creating bondage and friendship with others,” Tournament Director of Asian Tour Jittisak Tamprasert said on his speech.
Singaporean golfer Mardan Mamat capped the first Bashundhara Bangladesh Open title in 2015 whereas Thailand’s Thitiphun Chuayprakong won the 2nd Bashundhara Bangladesh Open in 2016.