Saturday the 22nd of March and Sunday the 23rd, golfers from around the globe will be showing up with their clubs to the Angkor Golf Resort in Siem Reap. Why? The 9th FCC Nations Cup!
While this tournament aims to allow golfers some fun, this country-against-country tournament is a battle for both pride of flag and pride of nation. Participants will represent and play for their country in hopes of adding their country into the coveted and regionally-renowned FCC Nations Cup.
The FCC and Golf: A Cambodian History, a Global History
The FCC held its first Nations Cup in October, 2008, with 11 participants. The tournament has always been loosely based on the Ryder cup format, where team members represent home nations. The FCC started the FCC Nations Cup to promote Siem Reap as a golf destination, as it has one of the most beautiful golf courses in Southeast Asia.
The second cup in February, 2009, saw teams from Australia, UK and Ireland, Canada, France, Thailand, and Cambodia. Team Canada, led by Jonathan Naylor and Andy Vasily, took the cup despite the rainy conditions and strong competition from the UK/Ireland and Cambodia teams.
By the third cup in May, 2010 the board had grown to 60 players representing 10 countries. Golfers from everywhere around the globe would visit Siem Reap representing countries like Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, France, and Belgium. Later, in November, 2010, the Singapore-Myanmar team beat out team Canada in a two-hole playoff, while all participants supported a charity hole-in-one challenge for Indochina Starfish Foundation.
In March, 2011, as the Phnom Post reported, the FCC Nations Cup was taken by the South Korea Blue Team, led by Mun Dueokyeon. The South Korea White Team scored to second place and Belgium and USA tied. The October, 2011 tournament saw Team Malaysia claim the trophy and following in October, 2012 Team Australia emerged as the leader. And last year? Vietnam managed to take the lead at the right moment securing the prize in their name.
The 9th Cup: A New Year, a New Battle
Who will it be this year? Who will take the cup? With more than 10 registrants, coming from diverse nations including UK, Russia, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Canada, and India, it’s anyone’s guess.
FCC and the Angkor Golf Resort are calling on registrants (teams of 4 golfers per) from anywhere in the world to come participate. Registration runs until the 22nd of March, so there’s still plenty of time to sign up. Registration for the tournament inclusive of one room is $330net per person and without the room is $275net per person. Sharing a room? Two golfers can each pay $300net.
Registration includes 2 green fees of 18 holes with free beverages on the golf course, a welcome gala dinner at FCC Angkor, and a lunch buffet on the final round. And if that wasn’t enough, the FCC’s bringing back the big prize with its FCC Hole in One Challenge (details forthcoming).
The 9th World Cup: A True Fundraiser
Despite the degree of casual funfair and relaxed competition, the tournament event is honoring history and looking responsibly to the present as a fundraiser for the Kampuchea House Foundation. The money raised during the “Hole in One Challenge” portion of the event goes to a foundation this charity, which started in 2007.
Kampuchea House supports education and opportunities for orphaned children in Sotnikum District, Cambodia. The organization provides many types of support, including housing, security, education, and security. As their organization mission says:
Kampuchea House is in a rural area so none of the children are street children. Previously, these children lived with ageing grandparents or in large extended families and their future was uncertain. They had little or no chance at an education or vocational training and the host family struggled to feed and clothe them.
With a day of practice and a day and half of tournament activities, this weekend is one golfers from all backgrounds will enjoy. The packages for participation include numerous opportunities to enjoy the FCC’s cuisine and maybe a round or two on the green.
Friday, March 21st
- Practice Round: 18 holes offered by Angkor Golf Resort, inclusive of buggy and caddy, only $99.00net. This is not included in the tournament package price.
Saturday, March 22nd
- 11:30: Golfer Registration
- 12:00: Tee Off
- 19:30: Gala Dinner at FCC Angkor
Sunday, March 23rd
- 7:30: Welcoming Golfers and Tee Off
- 8:30: Last Championship Round
- 12:00: Lunch Buffet and Prize Ceremony at Angkor Golf
As details emerge for this legendary event, they will be posted here. If you have questions or would like to register, contact Mr. Sean Vanthan either by email or dial +855-96-888-5598.