Dhaka, Apr 6 (UNB) - Thai rookie Sadom Kaewkanjana lifted the US$ 350,000-Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open title on Saturday, carding nineteen-under-par 265 total to hold off the challenge of two Indians, both of who briefly overtook him in the closing stages of round four.
But Kaewkanjana came back to regain the lead on the penultimate hole of the day, and in the end, probably had to thank the sensational 62 he shot in round two, the best round of the tournament, in seeing off Ajeetesh Sandhu (266) and Rashid Khan (267), who finished 2nd and 3rd respectively. Just three shots separated the top 3.
Bangladesh’s ace-golfer Siddikur Rahman started the day on fourth, although 7 shots behind the leader he wasn’t perhaps expected to challenge for a title he desperately wants to win, as the pioneer who put Bangladesh on the golfing map.
Even so, Siddikur will have been disappointed with how his round fizzled out on Saturday, shooting over par for the first time in four days, that made him completely lose touch with the top of the leaderboard. Eventually he finished tied for 12th carding eight-under-par 276 total after four rounds.
It also meant Zamal Mollah, for the 2nd successive year, finished highest in the table among Bangladeshis, although this year’s uninspiring tie for 10th can never compare to his exciting run in finishing 4th in 2018.
Among others Bangladeshi, Sajib Ali and Akbar Hossain ended respectively in 18th and 19th slots carding seven-under-par scoring 277 each. Md Nazim ended in 25th slot, Badal Hossain in 32nd, Muaj Mohammad in 37th, Shakhawat Sohel in 64th. Md M Sayum clinched 65th slot while Md Nur Jamal ended in 66th.
In the top-ten list, Australia’s Maverick Antcliff remained in his 4th spot carding twelve-under-par 272 total after the round four (63, 70, 69, 70). Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond and Britain’s Jack Harrison ended tied for fifth carding eleven-under-par 273 total each. USA’s Trevor Simsby grabbed 8th place while his compatriot Berry Henson ended in 9th carding ten-under-par 274 total each.
This was the 5th consecutive year that the Asian tour has come to Bangladesh, marking it as a fixture now on the respectable, professional tour catering to the world’s biggest and most populous continent. But what the Asian tour may lack in terms of prestige, or history or finance, compared to their American or European equivalents, it more than makes up for with its sheer growth potential. And you have to look no further than the progress the game has made in just one country, Bangladesh, in the last 5 years for a demonstration of that.
Dhaka, April 6 (UNB) – A 14-member Titas Club Volleyball team left Dhaka for Nepal on Saturday morning to compete in the Open Volleyball Tournament scheduled for April 7-11 in Chitwan.
Titas, a leading Dhaka Premier Division Volleyball League club, will compete in the Nepalese International Volleyball Tournament organised by Pancha Ratna Youth Club, along with Indian Railways and four other teams from hosts Nepal.
Titas Club formed a strong team for Nepalese tourney recruiting four start players from other teams. They are Al Amin, Imran Haider, Harshit Biwas and Ruhul Amin.
However, grouping and fixture of the six-team tournament are yet to be finalised.
Members of Titas Club: Al Zabir, Ratul Haider, Sona Miah, Redwanur Rahman, Ashraf uddin Sheikh, Mohammad Saifuddin, Abdul Momin, Al Amin, Imran Haider, Harshit Biswas and Ruhul Amin.
Officials: Ashaf-ud-Dollah (Manager), Ashim Saha (Head Coach), Salim Nakib Khan (Assistant Coach)
Dhaka, Apr 6 (UNB) – The Marcel 3rd National Women Baseball Championship 2019 will begin Sunday at Dhanmondi Sultana Kamal Women’s Complex here.
Eight teams, split into two groups, will participate in the three-day tournament organised by Bangladesh Baseball-Softball Association.
Participating teams are: defending champions Bangladesh Ansar, runners-up Bangladesh Police, BJMC, Dhaka District, SKSP, USCD Gazipur, Dhaka Community SC and Solaiman SC.
Bangladesh Baseball-Softball Association General Secretary Aminul Islam Liton, Walton Group Executive Director (Games and Sports) FM Iqbal Bin Anwar Dawn, and Secretary of Tournament Committee Azam Ali Khan disclosed the tournament details at a media conference at BOA auditorium on Saturday.
Dhaka, April 6 (UNB) – The Popular Life Insurance Dhaka Metropolis Open Women’s Volleyball Competition will kick off at Shaheed Nur Hossain National Volleyball Stadium here on Sunday.
Dr Zafar Uddin, acting secretary to ministry of Youth and Sports, will formally inaugurate the five-day meet in the afternoon.
Eight teams, split into two groups, will compete initially on league basis matches and later two top teams from each of the groups will play in the semifinals on Tuesday (April 9). The final and the 3rd place-deciding matches will be held on Wednesday (April 10).
General Secretary of Bangladesh Volleyball Federation Ashiqur Rahman Miku disclosed the details at a press conference at the federation’s meeting room on Saturday.
Federation member Mustafa Kamal, tournament’s vice chairman Nayana Chowdhury and tournament secretary Nibedita Das were also present on the occasion.
Group A – Wari Club, Narayanganj District, Dhaka University and Quantum Foundation
Group B – Ansar & VDP, Bangladesh Police, Kishoreganj District and Viqarunnissa Noon School.
Five matches will be held on the opening day (Sunday) in the morning and afternoon.
Dhaka, Apr 5 (UNB)- Bangladesh golf star and Asian Siddikur Rahman (68) remained in the 4th slot, sharing the place with Australia’s Maverick Antcliff (69) carding eleven-under-par scoring 202 after the round three of the Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open 2019 at the Kurmitola Golf Course here on Friday.
Siddikur expressed his disappointment after fail to putt. “It’s great to shoot another bogey-free round. Everything was good today except my putting. I didn’t putt as well as I did in the last two rounds,” he said.
“I hope to make more putts tomorrow and jump up a little bit higher on the leaderboard. I made a long birdie putt on 17th from about 15 feet. That was my longest putt today,” he said.
“This is our National Open and it’s a big tournament for us. It’s important and I want to play well,” the golfer added.
Thai youngster Sadom Kaewkanjana stands on the verge of his Asian Tour breakthrough after signing for a three-under-par 68 to take a two-shot lead heading into the final round while Indian Rashid Khan also remained in his second position carding sixteen-under-par scoring 197.
But the biggest move was made by India’s Ajeetesh Sandhu, who returned with the day’s best score of a 65, thanks to six birdies, including four in-a-row from the 11th hole, to trail by six shots in solo third in the tournament, which is celebrating its fifth consecutive edition on the Asian Tour this week.
Among the other Bangladesh golfer Akbar Hossain (69) remained in his 7th slot, Sajib Ali (72) in 14th, Jamal Hossain Mollah (72) and Md Nazim (74) in 24th slot each and Muaj Mohammad (79) in 29th slot after the third round.