DHAKA, Feb. 7 (Xinhua) -- The Bangabandhu Cup Golf Open 2020 will become the richest professional golf event in Bangladesh with the total purse for the full-field Asian Tour event set to increase to 400,000 US dollars.
To be staged from March 25 to 28, the sixth edition of the event will continue to be played at the Kurmitola Golf Club, which is also the home course of its honorary member, Siddikur Rahman, the country's first champion in Asia.
Siddikur became the first player from Bangladesh to win on the Asian Tour when he emerged victorious at the Brunei Open in 2010.
He also became the first sportsman from his country to qualify for the 2016 Olympics on merit and was accorded the honor of becoming Bangladesh's flagbearer during the opening ceremony in Rio de Janeiro.
The inaugural edition of Bangladesh's National Open was established in 2015 with the aim of promoting golf in Bangladesh following the exploits of Siddikur.
It had offered the region's finest players an initial prize fund of 300,000 dollars then and has been the springboard to success for many of its champions - Singapore's Mardan Mamat (2015), Thailand's Thitiphun Chuayprakong (2016) and Jazz Janewattananond (2017), Malcolm Kokocinski of Sweden (2018), Sadom Kaewkanjana of Thailand (2019).