AB Bank, Bangladesh’s leading bank, will enter its first foray into professional golf by supporting the country’s national Open, which offers a prize purse of US$300,000.
The tournament has welcomed a trio of worthy champions since its inaugural edition in 2015 when Singapore’s Mardan Mamat claimed his fifth Asian Tour victory.
In 2016, Thitiphun Chuayprakong earned a sensational first win while his fellow-Thai Jazz Janewattananond scripted an inspiring victory last year.
“AB Bank is proud to be the title sponsor of the Bangladesh Open, an event which holds high prestige in the country. We look forward to working together with the Asian Tour and Bangladesh Golf Federation to ensure another highly successful tournament,” said Moshiur Rahman Chowdhury, President and Managing Director, AB Bank Ltd.
“Siddikur (Rahman) is an inspiration to many people in Bangladesh. We salute his passion for the game and hope that he will lead a new generation of golfers from Bangladesh who will contend regularly on the Asian Tour,” he added.
Josh Burack said AB Bank’s title sponsorship is testament to the fact that golf is enjoying growing popularity in the country.
“We would like to welcome AB Bank as the new title sponsor of the Bangladesh Open, an event which has grown in popularity since 2015. A big thank you to AB Bank for their vision and sponsorship which goes a long way to promote the game of golf in Asia,” said Burack, Chief Executive Officer of the Asian Tour, a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.
AKM Abdullahil Baquee, Senior Vice President of the Bangladesh Golf Federation, said: “We look forward to another successful event. A big thank you to AB Bank for their support in the event which has been a great platform for the younger generation to watch the international Asian Tour stars in action. We hope that more young golfers will take up the game of golf and, in the future, join Siddikur on the Asian Tour.”
The Kurmitola Golf Club, which is more than 65 years old, has been a regular host venue on the Asian Tour and the Asian Development Tour.
Club Captain Quazi Shamsul Islam said: “Our club has successfully staged the last three editions of our national Open and we look forward to welcoming the Asian Tour stars again. We are proud to host the fourth AB Bank Bangladesh Open and hope to watch another exciting event at our course.”