By Quoc Huy July 21, 2022 | 7:21 p.m. PT

The Marshland Course at Vinpearl Golf Hai Phong, venue for the three amateur golf tournaments in July. Picture of Vinpearl Golf Hai Phong

Three amateur tournaments organized by the Vietnam Golf Association (VGA) kicked off on Thursday, starting with the Vietnam Amateur Open (VAO) and the Vietnam Ladies Amateur Open (VLAO).

After VAO and VLAO, the VGA will launch the Vietnam Junior Open youth tournament from July 29 to 31. All three events will take place at Vinpearl Golf Hai Phong’s Marshland Course.

VAO features 91 male golfers to play over four rounds, while VLAO features 28 female golfers competing over three rounds. The tournaments feature seven foreign golfers, including two who participated in the 31st SEA Games in Vietnam – Hlaing Min Tet (Myanmar) and Rhaasrikanesh Kavanathi (Malaysia). At the May event, Hlaing Min Tet finished 10th and Kavanathi 15th. In the team event, Kavanathi was the factor that helped Malaysia win the gold medal against Thailand.

With Hlaing Min Tet and Kanavathi, VAO 2022 will look like a mini version of the SEA Games since the tournament has the participation of the entire Vietnamese men’s golf team from SEA Games 31, including Nguyen Anh Minh, Nguyen Dang Minh, Le Khanh Hung and Nguyen. Quang Tri.

Dang Minh, 17, is attending this year’s VAO as the defending champion, having won the title in 2020. 2020 VLAO winner Hanako Kawasaki will not be participating in this year’s tournament. Last year, both tournaments were canceled due to Covid-19.

This year, VAO only accepts male players with a maximum handicap of 9.0 and female players with 15.0. Among VAO’s national golfers, Anh Minh is the most formidable, being the only Vietnamese player in the world ranking of the world’s top 1000 amateur golfers (928th).

Since the start of the year, the 15-year-old has achieved impressive feats for Vietnamese golf. From March to April, he won two VGA Tour titles to become the first and youngest amateur champion of a professional golf tournament in Vietnam. A month later, the young talent finished sixth in the individual event at the 31st SEA Games.