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Poor Laos gears up for first pro event

GOLF: Communist Laos will pass a sporting milestone next week when it hosts its first professional golf event, the $80,000 Luang Prabang Laos Open.

By Agence France-Presse

Friday 27 April 2012, 11:04AM

The small, poverty-stricken southeast Asian state will hold the ASEAN PGA Tour event in the world heritage city of Luang Prabang, known for its idyllic temples.

Centre-stage for the hosts will be the multi-talented Daliya Saidara, 22, Laos's first professional golfer who has also represented his country in tennis and archery.

"I will feel more nervous than in a normal competition because all eyes will be on me," Daliya said in comments released by organisers on Wednesday. "I have been practicing five days a week.

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"I am excited and proud. I am hoping there will be more tour events in Laos."

Thailand's Thaworn Wiratchant, a three-time Asian order of merit winner, will headline the Laos Open.

The May 3-6 tournament also kicks off this year's ASEAN PGA Tour featuring eight events around southeast Asia.



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