January, 11 2010 09:46:49

Hoang Gia golf course opens

The Hoang Gia Golf Course opened on Saturday in Yen Mo District, Tam Diep Town in the northern province of Ninh Binh. After two years of phase-one construction, the first 18 holes of the planned 54-hole golf course opened for business.

The 670ha golf course is said to be the largest in Viet Nam, with total investment of VND1,700 billion (more than US$92 million). Golfers will have to drive just over an hour from Ha Noi to reach the course.

Designed to fit in with its surroundings, the golf course is nestled at the foot of ancient limestone cliffs. It is scheduled to be fully complete by 2013.

A tournament with 115 golfers from the Government, ministries and departments at all levels was organised for the opening and to honour Viet Nam’s 2010 ASEAN chairmanship.

 China to play Viet Nam in AFC match

China’s national football team will arrive in Ha Noi on Thursday for its last group match against Viet Nam in the qualifiers for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Cup.

After returning from a 1-1 match against Lebanon, Viet Nam’s national team had two days off before gathering again today to prepare for the game.

China currently ranks second in group D with 10 points, following Syria with 11 points and Viet Nam in third place with five points. China and Syria will represent group D in the AFC Cup 2011 in Qatar.

Young tennis star leaps into top 400

With 9,125 points, Vietnamese tennis player Nguyen Hoang Thien has jumped from 497th to 371st in the recent International Tennis Federation (ITF) rankings.

Thien is the youngest tennis player of the world’s top 400.

Thien, who has made an impressive showing at a number of ITF events, was born on March 12, 1995.

In 2009, Thien entered the final round of both the Becamex Binh Duong and Singapore events in the U-18 category. He shook US tennis after winning the recent Orange Bowl Tennis Championships in Florida. — VNS

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