Dhaka, Bangladesh: Mohd Akber Hossain will be seeking to set the record straight when he faces off once more with Mohd Rasel in the 2015 edition of the Faldo Series Bangladesh Championship.
In a thrilling climax to last year’s inaugural event at Kurmitola Golf Club it was Rasel who claimed the glory, edging out his compatriot at the first hole of a sudden-death play-off.
Rasel also earned bragging rights at the ninth Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, where he finished tied for seventh in the Boys’ Under-21 category at Mission Hills China – one stroke ahead of Hossain.
But Hossain gained a measure of revenge this month when he ended three shots ahead of Rasel at the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship in Hong Kong, although he was disappointed to miss the half-way cut by one stroke.
Nonetheless, that performance saw him rise to 2,810th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking – almost 1,000 places in front of Rasel.
As such he will enjoy a psychological advantage over his long-time sparring partner heading into the 13th leg of the record-breaking 2015-2016 Faldo Series Asia season.
In addition to the honour of victory, Bangladesh’s leading amateur duo have their sights firmly set on securing return trips to Mission Hills China next March for the 10th anniversary Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, to be hosted by Sir Nick Faldo.
Sir Nick, Britain’s most successful golfer, said: “Introducing the Faldo Series to new countries and creating access to the sport for a younger audience through grass-roots initiatives at our tournaments remains central to our ambitions. That’s why I was so happy we were able to add Bangladesh to our schedule.”
Representatives from all 14 of the country’s golf clubs took part last year and there has been a similarly positive and enthusiastic response to the 2015 event with more than 85 boys and girls in the starting line-up for the 54-hole event that tees-off on Tuesday [October 27].
There are high hopes, especially, for Afnan Mahmud Mahi, who will compete in the Boys’ Under-18 category while spearheading the female challenge are Nasima Akter Shiva and Zakia Sultana, last year’s Girls Under-21 winner.
Founded in the 1950s, the Kurmitola Golf Club moved to its present location in the heart of the capital during the 1960s. It’s the best-known course in Bangladesh.
Supported by The R&A and Mission Hills and endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Confederation, the 2015-16 Faldo Series Asia campaign stretches over 11 months and will include a minimum of 21 events in 17 countries including, for the first time, Australia.
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