Growing Local Interest in Vietnam

Sun 07 Dec 2008

Growing Local Interest in Vietnam


Ho Chi Minh, December 7: Local youngster Tran Le Duy Nhat will walk away with cherished memories after an eventful outing at this week's Hana Bank Vietnam Masters.

The 19-year-old golfer, who turned professional this week, was pleased with his overall performance in the first two days at the Vietnam Golf and Country Club.

"I shot a 76 and 79 but the experience has been great. I am now inspired to join the Asian Tour's Qualifying School in the hopes of playing in a full season next year," said Tran, with three amateurs wins on home soil.

"I've learned to not be so aggressive and to stay in the moment. The standard of the game is high with a lot of good players and it will be a great place to be," added Tran, who spent two years in United States studying at the Lin Field High School in California.

"It's nice to see a top class tournament like the Hana Bank Vietnam Masters this week. I think we should have more events like this in the country to further promote the sport to the masses. Golf is still considered an elitist sport and for the rich but it is slowly changing and if there are more courses available to the public, then the sport is sure to boom," admitted the Ho Chi Minh-born golfer.

Compatriot Huynh Van Son shared a similar sentiment after two solid days this week.

"This is a great event and I would like to gain more experience by competing on the Asian Tour more often. I plan to head to Thailand for Qualifying School for a spot in 2009," said Huynh, who won the 2005 and 2007 Vietnam National Amateur Championship.

"I am a self taught golfer but I think if there are more public driving range available, it will definitely boost the interest among the masses. But the sport is gaining more prominence and hopefully grow even stronger next year," added Huynh.