Perera says #BBO will inspire new markets

Wed 20 May 2015

Perera says #BBO will inspire new markets

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Dhaka, Bangladesh, May 20: Mithun Perera believes the Bashundhara Bangladesh Open, which will make its debut on the Asian Tour next week, will be the blueprint for emerging countries like Sri Lanka to stage tournaments on the region’s premier golf circuit in the near future.
The stocky Sri Lankan will be among the top contenders at the US$300,000 tournament from May 27 to 30 (Wednesday to Saturday) where it is one of five new events to feature on the Asian Tour Schedule this season.
He will be joined at the Kurmitola Golf Club by local hero Siddikur Rahman, two-time Asian Tour number one Thaworn Wiratchant of Thailand, India’s Rahil Gangjee, Spaniard Carlos Pigem and Berry Henson of the United States.
“It is good to see Bangladesh hosting an Asian Tour tournament before Sri Lanka. I’ve played a few events in Bangladesh as an amateur. In fact, my first professional tournament was also at the Bangladesh Open,” said Perera.
Perera, whose father Nandasena was stalwart on the old Asian circuit during the 1980s and 1990s, is eyeing a madien Asian Tour win but acknolwedges he will face strong challenges from the likes of Siddikur and the local golfers.
“The golf course suits my game and the condition is good. Siddikur and a lot of local players play well there so it will be a big challenge for all of us. I don’t think it will be easy to take the trophy out of Bangladesh,” he said.
“I have a lot of friends in Bangladesh and they always treat me well when I’m there. I’m excited to play in the first ever Asian Tour event in the country. I think it will be a good tournament and experience for all the players,” Perera explained.
The 28-year-old, who is known for his straight-hitting game, hailed close friend Siddikur for inspiring him to win on the Asian Tour.
“Siddikur is one of my closest friends on Tour. We always play practice rounds together and he will give me good advice. He is such an inspiration to golfers in Bangladesh and he a great person.
“Golf has grown in Bangladesh because of Siddikur. He gave me a lot of confidence to play on the Asian Tour. He is a short hitter and his game is almost like mine but he can still win on the Asian Tour. Because of that, I know that I can also do well,” he said.
This is the first time Bangladesh will host an Asian Tour event. It previously staged domestic and regional golf tournaments including with the Professional Golf of India (PGTI) Tour and also hosted an Asian Development Tour (ADT) tournament in 2011.
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