Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Thousands Observe Tsunami At Seulawah Golf Club

Aceh Besar, 26 December 2011 - Thousands of people gathered at Seulawah Golf Club in the city of Lho'nga, Aceh Besar regency in Indonesia's Aceh to observe seven years of major tsunami disaster in the province that claimed hundreds of thousands lives.

People who observed the tsunami disaster incited by a 8.9 magnitude earthquake in the Indian ocean off Aceh province on December 26, 2004 solemnly delivered prayers for the victims of tsunami that reached more than 200,000 people.

Lho'nga was among several cities in Indonesia's northernmost province of Aceh hit the most by the tsunami. Eighty percent of the city's population perished in the tsunami, the Antara news service reported.

The observance ceremony on the golf course was attended by thousands of students, civil servants, the military as well as Aceh Governor Irwandi Yusuf.

Tourists and the scholars from Japan also took part in the observance. The scholars distributed yellow papers for those attending the observance, encouraged them to express their feeling on the deadly tsunami disaster.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Indonesia Featured on World's Stage for New Year 2012

A Two-Unit Rose Parade® Float Celebrates Indonesia and Welcomes Visitors

PASADENA, Calif., Dec 21, 2011 - Indonesia, one of the trendy new travel destinations, will delight millions viewing the Tournament of Roses® New Year's Rose Parade on January 2, 2012.

The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy is promoting the incredible diversity of the world's largest archipelago. "We want the world to know that Indonesia offers something for everyone: from the finest luxury vacation spots to the most rugged eco-adventure travel," remarked Minister Mari Elka Pangestu. "The Rose Parade is seen by millions around the world. It is the perfect way to start the new year for 'Wonderful Indonesia.'"

The two-unit float features a Sumatran princess in a gesture of a traditional welcome dance, followed by a stately Garuda, the mythical bird-like creature that is Indonesia's national symbol. Indonesian dancers accompany the float.

The Sumatran princess showcases the city of Pagar Alam in South Sumatra, an eco-adventure travel destination with ancient megaliths.

While many Rose Parade floats represent various Asian cultures of the world, Indonesia's float is the only one sponsored by the nation itself.

"Indonesia is proving to be the hot new destination for U.S. tourists," said Sapta Nirwandar, Vice-Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy. "Indonesia offers everything, from award-winning golf courses and spas to marvelous cultural attractions and natural wonders. We see the sponsorship of international events as a unique opportunity to promote our islands and introduce travelers to all we have to offer."

Indonesia, with its 17,000 islands, is strategically located south of China, north of Australia and is as wide as the United States. Because of her location and geology, Indonesia is blessed with the most diverse landscape: fertile ricelands on Java and Bali, abundant rainforests of Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi and savannah grasslands of the Nusatenggara islands. The prehistoric giant Komodo lizard finds its home here as well as the Orangutan, Java Rhino and Sumatran Tiger, with a rich and unique flora and fauna.

Indonesia is the third largest democracy in the world. With a national motto of Unity in Diversity, it celebrates religious tolerance and women's rights, even as it is the largest Muslim country in the world (by population). It has hundreds of distinct ethnic cultures, each with their own dance, textiles, music, visual art and ceremonial traditions.

More information: www.indonesia.travel

The Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia promotes Wonderful Indonesia as a memorable tourist destination.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

OneAsia Raises The Bar Further With 2012 Schedule

Hong Kong, December 20: OneAsia's ascendency will continue in 2012 with an expanded schedule featuring at least 14 events, three of them new tournaments, and an overall purse of nearly US$16 million.

An impressive line-up of million dollar events, including five national Opens, will be staged starting with the US$1 million Indonesia Open, to be played from March 15 to 18.

OneAsia will also welcome on board for the first time, the China Classic, the Guangzhou Open and the PGA Championship of Malaysia.

The Guangzhou event will be the final tournament of the season and be staged from December 13 to 16.

Returning to the schedule having successfully been staged in 2011 are Korea's three leading events the Kolon Korea Open, the GS Caltex Maekyung Open and the SK Telecom Open.

The Nanshan China Masters, the Thailand Open and the Volvo China Open, joint sanctioned with The European Tour, will also be back in 2012.

OneAsia will once again head to Australia for the Emirates Australian Open and the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola.

The dates for the two Australian events, the Kolon Korea Open and the Nanshan tournament will be confirmed shortly.

The High 1 Resort Open in Korea, which had to be cancelled this year due to inclement weather, will also be held next season as will the Dongfeng Nissan Cup, a team event between Asia Pacific and China.

This exciting new team tournament was inaugurated at the weekend and saw Asia Pacific beat China by a single point at Tycoon Golf Club in Shenzhen.

"We have been able to increase our number of events and prize money in 2012 which is something we have done every season since we started OneAsia in 2009. We had five events in that first year, held 10 tournaments in 2010, and featured 11 this season. It has been a rapid growth which provides endless opportunities to our members," said Sang Y. Chun, Commissioner and Chairman, OneAsia.

Added Chun: "OneAsia was founded by the PGA of Australia, the China Golf Association, the Korea Golf Tour and the Korea Golf Association and we are delighted that our schedule features tournaments spread across all of the respective regions. It is also extremely rewarding to stage events in places like Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia and we are confident that further additions will be made to the schedule in 2012."

The 2011 OneAsia season came to an exciting conclusion earlier this month when Australian Greg Chalmers won the Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-Cola. The lefthander also won the Emirates Australian Open to become the first player to win back-to-back titles on OneAsia.

American Tiger Woods competed in the Emirates Australian Open contributing to record television ratings and the attendance of nearly 70,000 spectators during the week.

Andre Stolz from Australia claimed the OneAsia Order of Merit title. He earned US$464,811 in nine events, including victories in the Indonesia PGA Championship and Thailand Open, with Korean Kim Kyung-tae in second place after banking US$327,178.

With an exciting and lucrative year of tournament golf ahead in 2012 the OneAsia Qualifying School has been inundated with entrants.

The Qualifying School's First Stages are taking place this month and in January in Melbourne, Australia, and in the States of Johor and Sabah, Malaysia.

Competitors will head to the Final Stage which will be held at the prestigious Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

A total of 144 players will compete for over 20 OneAsia cards through four rounds of golf from January 10 to 13.

2012 OneAsia Schedule:

Qualifying School, Final StageSutera Harbour G&CC, MalaysiaJan 10 to 13
Indonesia OpenVenue TBCMar 15-18US$1 million
Volvo China OpenBinhai Lake GC, Tianjin, ChinaApr 19-22RMB 20,000,000
(Joint sanctioned with The European Tour)
GS Caltex Maekyung OpenNamseoul G&CC, KoreaMay 10-13KRW 1,000,000,000
SK Telecom OpenPinx GC, KoreaMay 17-20KRW 900,000,000
Thailand OpenSuwon G&CCAug 16-19US$1 million
High1 Resort OpenHigh 1 CC, KoreaAug 23-26KRW 1,000,000,000
PGA Championship of MalaysiaVenue TBCSep 13-16Prize money TBA
China ClassicVenue TBCOct 11-14US$1 million
Guangzhou OpenVenue TBCDec 13-16US$1 million
Nanshan China MastersNanshan International GC, ChinaDate TBCUS$1 million
Australian PGA Championship presented by Coca-ColaHyatt Regency GC, CoolumDate TBCAUS$1.5 million
Emirates Australian OpenThe Lakes GCDate TBCAUS$1.5 million
Kolon Korea OpenWoo Jeong Hills CCDate TBCKRW 1,000,000,000
Dongfeng Nissan CupVenue TBC, ChinaDate TBC
(Specially approved team event sanctioned by OneAsia and China Golf Association)

Dates subject to change.

For further information please email OneAsia's Tina Lee at tlee@oneasia.asia

Friday, December 9, 2011

Martin Luther King Charity Tournament

Launched in 2009 by expats, the Martin Luther King Charity Tournament has grown from 42 players in 2009 to an estimated 180 in 2012. This charity event features sponsors from all sectors of society, participants from the diplomatic community, foreign expats, and both the public and private sector in Indonesia. This event, like years past, is a random pairing based on handicaps. A great day to network, share stories, indulge your senses, and this event is about giving back and having fun doing it, knowing it’s going to the right causes.

The Martin Luther King Charity Scramble is raising funds for the Yayasan Balita Sehat and Yayasan Yayasan Pendidikan Pelita Harapan.

Monday, January 16, 2012 Imperial Klub Golf, Lippo Karawaci

Seats are limited, and pairings are random based on handicap. Email notification will be forwarded for registration confirmation.
INDIVIDUAL REGISTRATION Rp 1,500,000. (Includes Welcome Bag, Breakfast, Golf, Caddy, Cart, Lunch, Beverages, Awards, Lucky Draw)
Be prepared to participate in the charity auction for great vacations, gifts, equipment, and others.

07:00am Registration/Breakfast
08:00am Shotgun

All questions regarding registration should be sent to MLK.GOLF.COMMITTEE@GMAIL.COM with “MLK REGISTRATION/YOUR NAME” in the SUBJECT LINE.

Life's most persistent and urgent question is,
"What are you doing for others?"

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Indonesia's Reza Targets Repeat Faldo Series Success

8 December 2011: Fahmi Reza will be targeting a successful defense of his title when the fifth Faldo Series Indonesia Championship returns to Damai Indah Golf’s BSD Course on January 16-17, 2012. The 20-year-old from Jakarta followed last year’s six-shot victory with a top-20 finish in the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final, the best performance by an Indonesian in the 80-strong field.

Reza will join more than 70 of his country’s leading golfers aged 12 to 21 in the 2012 Indonesia Championship at the BSD Course in Jakarta. With the field divided into five age-groups – three for boys and two for girls – the winner of each division over two rounds will join Sir Nick Faldo for the sixth Grand Final at Mission Hills Golf Club in China on March 14-16, 2012.

In a bid to further support golf development in Indonesia, competitors will also receive expert advice from guest speakers during the tournament, while an audience of younger children from the local community will receive free golf instruction and then watch the competitors in action.

The 2011/2012 Faldo Series Asia schedule features 17 tournaments in 13 different countries including five in mainland China plus others in The Philippines, Vietnam, India, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Brunei, Japan, Chinese Taipei, Pakistan, Thailand and Indonesia.

The Faldo Series Asia is supported by major partners ISPS, Mission Hills and The R&A, official golf wear partner UFL and official suppliers TaylorMade and Tricor. It is endorsed by the Asian Tour and the Asia Pacific Golf Federation (APGC).

Established in 1996, 37 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 27 countries worldwide with more than 5,000 golfers participating each year. Past winners include Major Champions Rory McIlroy and Yani Tseng.

Golfers born in 1990 or later wishing to enter the fifth Faldo Series Indonesia Championship at Damai Indah Golf (BSD Course) on January 16-17, 2012, should email agus.effendi@damaiindah-golf.com or visit www.damaiindah-golf.com.

For more information on the Faldo Series visit www.nickfaldo.com. You can also follow the Faldo Series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/faldoseries and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/faldoseries.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

2011 Ancora Family And Friends Christmas Golf Day

On Sunday 11 December 2011, Ancora Golf Institute and Bali Golf and Country Club organize the 2011 Ancora Family and Friends Christmas Golf Day.
This 4 person scramble event is in a 4 person best ball format over 9 holes. Each team should have minimum 3 people - 1 adult and 2 kids.
Registration fee is Rp 995,000 per team.
Under 10 and Ladies tee off from the Red Tees, 11 and over from the White Tees.

The activities start at 13.00 with Tee Off at 14.30:
  • Donate a Gift for Charity
  • Club Demo, by "Just Golf"
  • Putting Competition
Night Time Driving Range:
  • Unlimited Driving Range until 20.00 for the price of a bag of balls

After the game there's BBQ and Drinks at the Bunker Bar.

For reservations and further information contact Bali Golf & Country Club at (0361) 771 791 or reservation@baligolfandcountryclub.com

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Special Promotions At Pakuwon Golf & Family Club

Pakuwon Golf & Family Club, managed by Sheraton Hotels & Resorts, has recently been expanded with an additional 9 par-3 holes, so that the course is now a full 18-hole par 54 course.
To celebrate special promotion rates are applicable for green fees and driving range:
  • Course Promotion: 50% off on green fees
  • Driving Range Promotion: Buy One Get One
Both promotions are valid Tuesday-Friday between 5am-3pm, excluding public holidays.

For more information and reservations contact Pakuwon Golf & Family Club at (031) 739 0888.

Open Letter To Minister Mari Pangestu

The Jakarta Post, 3 December 2011 - My name is Dennis G. Kloeth and I am the founder of Golf Promo Indonesia. For the past 12 years, through our website indogolf.com, Golf Promo Indonesia has been actively and globally promoting Indonesia’s fabulous world of golf and leisure, which also includes Indonesia’s hospitality and spa industry as well as its rich and diverse world of art and culture. Our website attracts more than 55,000 visitors a month.

Globally, golf tourism is a US$30 billion industry (2011 figures). In Asia, Thailand attracts roughly 200,000 foreign golfers each year, while Indonesia attracts no more than 5,000.

In Asia, Thailand is the undisputed leader, and earns more than $500 million in revenues from inbound golf tourism. Knowing all that, for the past 12 years we have attempted to create synergy and cooperation between us and the Ministry of Tourism, but these attempts have been unsuccessful so far.

Lately and ever since your appointment as Indonesia’s new minister for tourism, much has been said about boosting tourism in Indonesia and making it one of the main contributors to Indonesia’s economy.

In an article printed in The Jakarta Post on Nov. 22, 2011, on boosting tourism, it was stated that to support tourism development a total of $13.74 billion was needed. Given what we know about Thailand’s inbound golf industry, one important sector that could boost tourism (and hard currency income) could definitely be inbound golf travel to Indonesia.

Moreover, with perfect infrastructure in place, not much money has to be spent on the development of such and improving ways of getting foreign golfers to our fabulous courses.

For the past three weeks, daily and relentlessly, I have tried to contact your office in order to request an audience to discuss with you sustainable and affordable plans to promote Indonesia as one of the world’s best golf destinations.

Getting past your electronic telephone operator, however, has turned out to be utterly impossible and in the end, and after three weeks, I have had to give up. Therefore, allow me to (respectfully) approach you through this open letter.

With hard work, together we can do a lot in the coming three years. What we ask from you is to give us a chance to present to you our elaborate plans with respect to the promotion of Indonesia as the world’s next golf destination. We have clear ideas as to how to creatively and affordably promote Indonesia Golf and transparently run and manage a reasonable budget as well as preventing it from being misused.

Finally, we clearly see experts and professionals from your ministry working closely with experts from the golf and travel industry as well as from the creative publicity industry. In doing so, we surely aim at finally creating a long overdue synergy between government and private enterprise.

I am looking forward to hearing from you or from your staff in the not too distant future.

Dennis G. Kloeth
South Tangerang, Banten

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Garuda Indonesia Official Airline For Indonesian Masters

Garuda Indonesia, the National flag carrier, has signed on as Official Airline for the Indonesian Masters presented by PNTS, an Asian Tour sanctioned event. The announcement comes with commitments from Asian Tour legend, Thongchai Jaidee and local golfing star Rory Hie to participate in the 2012 edition. World number three Lee Westwood has already confirmed his defence of the title at the Indonesian Masters presented by PNTS at Royale Jakarta Golf Club from April 19-22, 2012.
The Englishman claimed a memorable victory in the inaugural edition on
the Asian Tour earlier this year which coincided with his 38th birthday
and a return to the world's number one position, albeit briefly.

"Garuda Indonesia is pleased to announce its sponsorship of the Indonesian Masters - an event which we regard as one of the most important sporting events in the country. We see a great synergy between golf and our company. This initiative achieves one of our goals of cementing Indonesia's position as a key player in the world's golfing community and we are delighted to be on board for what we believe will be splendid event. We are delighted to be a part of such a wonderful family of sponsors for golf in Indonesia," said Mr. Emir Satar, President Director of Garuda Indonesia.

Through this new partnership, Garuda Indonesia will also enjoy multiple opportunities to leverage its brand through the strong international and local media platforms that the event offers including the Asian Tour's global television platform, which reaches out to over 200 countries and 850 million households.

Asian Tour's Executive Chairman, Kyi Hla Han praised the partnership with Garuda Indonesia saying that it was another strong endorsement for the Indonesian Masters and professional golf in the country.

"I would like to extend our fullest appreciation to Garuda Indonesia for its support towards the Indonesian Masters. This is a wonderful recognition towards the growing prestige of the Indonesian Masters," said Han.

Garuda Indonesia consistently directs its strategy and initiatives to meet its corporate goal and realize its mission to become the flag carrier of Indonesia to the world. Its Corporate Vision is to become a strong distinguished airline through providing quality services to serve people and goods around the world with Indonesian hospitality while its Corporate Mission is to be the flag carrier of Indonesia to the world, to support national economic development by delivering professional and profitable air travel services.

Thongchai, the only player to win three Asian Tour Order of Merit crowns, is looking forward to a return to Indonesia. "I am excited to return to the Indonesian Masters. I came in second this year and I hope to walk away with the trophy next year. I will continue to play in as many Asian Tour events as I can as the Tour has helped me build my career to what it is today."

Local golf hero Rory also expressed his eagerness to compete against many of the world's best at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, regarded as Indonesia's premier golf club. "I was very happy with my performance this year. To finish in the top 10 for me with such a strong field and to have such fantastic support from golfing fans throughout the four days was a great experience. I hope to make my country proud again in the 2012 Indonesian Masters."

The players' early confirmations are a huge boost for the Indonesian Masters which is growing immensely following its launch this year as new sponsors such as Pelayaran Nasional Tanjungriau Service (PNTS), a leading demurrage solutions company, BMW (Official Car), Coca-Cola (Official Drinks Partner), Four Seasons Hotel Jakarta (Official Hotel), Thiess Indonesia (Main Partner), Navigat Energy (Main Partner) and San Miguel (Official Beer) have joined the stable of sponsors for the premier event.

Local Players Must Sell Themselves Better: Asian Tour Official

Indonesian golfers risk losing their wild cards into Asian Tour events if they don’t compete in at least 15 tournaments next season, an official said on Tuesday.

The Asian Tour began providing Indonesian golfers a wild card into its tournaments in 1995, adding a second one last year.

“[The Asian Tour] has 28 tournaments throughout the year, but we rarely see Indonesian players in those tournaments,” Irfan Hamid, Asian Tour senior manager for tour development, said on Tuesday at a news conference in Jakarta for the 2012 Indonesian Masters.

“We hope Indonesian golfers will play in at least 15 tournaments next season or we will consider not giving them two wild cards.”

The other path into Asian Tour-sanctioned events is by earning a tour card at Qualifying School, which takes place on Jan. 11 to 21 in Hua Hin, Thailand.

Rory Hie was the only Indonesian to compete in Asian Tour events this year. He finished ninth at the Indonesian Masters in April but then failed to make the cut at this month’s Singapore Open and Iskandar Johor Open in Malaysia.

Rory, who won the Tangshan China PGA Championship in September to become the first Indonesian golfer to win an international tournament outside his home country, played in 13 Asian Tour events in 2010.

Hamid said the dearth of Indonesian golfers was because they struggled to find sponsors.

“The PGPI [Indonesian Professional Golfers Association] should help them find sponsors,” he said. “They don’t know how to sell themselves. No one guides them. There are a lot of sponsors out there. These guys need to find them and the PGPI needs to educate them because it’s all about the value of the players.”

PGPI chairman Syafei Asnap admitted that a lack of sponsors was a primary problem in Indonesia’s golf development.

“Players have tried to find sponsors by themselves. The PGPI will start being actively involved in helping the players, and I think we have a good chance because lots of PGPI officials are entrepreneurs,” he said.

“Now that the Asian Tour has given its warning, we’ll pay close attention to this matter. We don’t want to lose the wild cards.”

Indonesian Masters organizers confirmed on Tuesday that world No. 3 and defending champion Lee Westwood would play in the 2012 event, which will take place on April 19 to 23 at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.

Asian Tour star Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, the only player to win the tour’s Order of Merit title three times, and Rory also confirmed they would compete in the $750,000 tournament.

“I am excited to return to the Indonesian Masters. I came in second this year and I hope to walk away with the trophy next year. I will continue to play in as many Asian Tour events as I can as the Tour has helped me build my career to what it is today,” Thongchai said in a statement.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Team Indonesia Finishes 4th At WGC World Finals

The Indonesian team of Pieter J Prinsloo, Wawan Setiawan, Vincent N Kusame, Yusmansyah A Thamrin and Cing Suharsono finished in a respectful 4th place at the World Golfers Championship World Finals in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Thailand took first place, with the Chinese team taking second and a third place for the host nation's South Africa 1. 26 Teams from all over the world participated at this event, held from 29 October until 5 November 2011.
For full results visit www.worldgolfers.com.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Keppel Group Raises $360,000 For Community Building And Relief Efforts In Indonesia

The Keppel Group raised $360,000 in support of Gawad Kalinga Indonesia, Singapore Red Cross as well as for education and needy students in Bintan through a charity golf tournament at the Ria Bintan Golf Resort in Bintan Island, Indonesia, today.

Mr Choo Chiau Beng, Chief Executive Officer of Keppel Corporation, said, "Keppel is committed to empower lives and nurture communities wherever we operate and this fund-raising event aims to benefit Indonesia through community building and relief efforts. We have been privileged to grow with Indonesia through our businesses and this is one of the ways we are giving back."

The cheque was presented by Keppel Corporation's Chairman Dr Lee Boon Yang and Mr Choo to the Yang Terhormat Bapak Khazalik, Deputy Bupati of Bintan; Mr Ed Macesar, Head of GK Indonesia and Mr Tee Tua Ba, Chairman of the Singapore Red Cross.

The Keppel Group continues to grow with Indonesia through a quality portfolio of properties in Indonesia including Jakarta Garden City, an integrated township; International Financial Centre comprising two office towers in Jakarta's CBD; BG Junction, a retail complex in Surabaya; the 36-hole Ria Bintan Golf Club and Bintan Offshore, a subsidiary of Keppel FELS, involved in steel structure fabrication and outfitting works.

Home Team Exceeds Expectations At SEA Games

Jakarta, Indonesia -
After keeping golf fans throughout Indonesia on edge for days, eventually the host golf team exceeded expectations at the 26th SEA Games in Indonesia 2011, which ended on Thursday (17/11) on the New Course Jagorawi Golf & Country Club.

Indonesia's ladies golfer Tatiana came out as champion and won an individual gold medal after a play-off against Pinrath L from Thailand with a total score of 217 (74-74-69). Pinrath had to settle for a silver medal while Dottie Ardina (Philippines) got the bronze medal.

The hosts ladies golf team, consisting of Tatiana, Juriah and Ika Woro Palupi, also won the gold medal in ladies team event number with a total score of 439.

Meanwhile, the two gold medals in the men's division went to Thailand, with the men's individual's gold taken by Rattanon from Thailand, with a total score of 2 under (75-68-73-70), and the men's team gold medal for the Thai team consisting of Rattanon, Natiphong, Chanachok and Poom.S with a total score of 865. Individual silver medal was taken by Natipong S (Thailand) with a score of 290 (70-75-72-73) and bronze medals won by George Gandranata (Indonesia) with a score of 291 (70-81-70-70).

Indonesia's men's golf team consisting of George Gandranata, Ian Andrew, and Suprapto Rinaldi won the silver medal team event with a total score of 873.

Bronze medal went to the Malaysian team of Abel Tam, Arie Fauzi, Kenneth De Silva and Low Khai Jei with a total score of 889.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Malaysia Leads After First Day Of SEA Games Ladies Golf

Jakarta, Indonesia — With rivals hell bent on dethroning them, the defending champion Philippines’ Chihiro Ikeda, Andrea Unson and Dottie Ardina found themselves trailing by five against current leader Malaysia in the opening round of women’s golf competition in the 26th Southeast Asian Games.

It’s a crowded top four with only single-digit leads separating the teams. Malaysia is off to a fine start with 142 followed by Thailand (143), Singapore (144), and the Philippines (147).

Ikeda and Ardina are no strangers to this kind of situation. Call it a déjà vu of sorts but this is the same story line that happened in the first day in the 2009 Laos SEAG in Vientiane. Eventually, they caught fire in the last two days to capture the gold team and individual medals.

In fact, the managers and coaches of Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and host Indonesia know too well that the Philippines have the strongest team coming here and are even more dangerous when their backs are against the wall, especially with high-caliber players like Ikeda and Ardina.

“I expect the ladies to bounce back in a big way on Wednesday. There will only be a few adjustments as they played decent rounds today," said national coach Bong Lopez.

Lopez’s major adjustment would focus on limiting mistakes on specific holes where the trio recorded a combined five double-bogeys at the narrow, tree-lined fairways of the Jagorawi Golf and Country Club’s New Course.

Ikeda paced with an even 72, highlighted by three birdies on Nos. 1, 3 and 10. She got into trouble on the 12th where she had a double bogey and on the 13th for her only bogey.

Unson, a first-time in the SEA Games, added a 75 in the three-to-play, two-to-count format as she accounted for the PHL’s 147 total. Dottie Ardina, the third member, managed a 76.

Malaysia, meanwhile, leaned on the two-under 70 of Kelly Tan and the 72 of Aretha Pan. Thailand’s Pinrath Loonboonruang also made a 70 and was backed up by Pannita’s 73. Koh Sock Hwee shot the day’s best of 69 while Amelia Yong added a 75 for Singapore.

In the men’s division, powerhouse Thailand overtook Indonesia for the lead after the second round even as the Philippines stayed in fourth place in the competition also played at Jagorawi.

Rupert Zaragosa, the many-time Junior World champion, churned out a one-under 71 to spearhead the Philippines campaign. Jobim Carlos and Art Arbole each returned with a 74 that gave the country a 219 for the day and 242 in 36 holes.

Thai Rattanon Wannasric rattled off with a superb four-under 68 and got ample support from Poom Saksansin (72) and Natipong Srithong (75) for 218 and 433 aggregate. Malaysia jumped to second with 222-440, one ahead from erstwhile leader Indonesia (227-441).

Indonesia In The Lead On First Day Of SEA Games

Jakarta, Indonesia - In the first round of men’s competition, Indonesia displayed extensive course knowledge as it assembled a 214 to grab an early four-shot lead against Thailand while the Philippines pooled in a 223 for fourth place, one behind Malaysia.

Indonesian George G. provided the spark as he scored on a two-under-par 70. After limping a bit with a 37 at the back side where he started, he dropped in three birdies on holes 1, 2 and 9 at the front nine to wound up with a 33 for that 70.

Also buoyed up with the cheers of the handful of local fans that showed up at Jagorawi, Ian Andrew and Rinaldi Adiyandono each supported George G. with a 72 for Indonesia’s tournament-leading 214.

Filipino pint-sized golfer Rupert Zaragosa played steadily with an even 72 despite the New Course’s narrow fairways, fast greens and tall roughs for the Philippines, which finished third in the 2009 Laos SEA Games in Vientiane.

Jobim Carlos, who was expected to score heavily, struggled in the early holes, making a double bogey on the 13th and bogeys on 14th and 16th. He birdied the 17th then added three more on three of five holes at the turn that gave him a 74.

Art Arbole was actually on his way to a good round until he got busted with a horrible 9 on the par-5 eighth hole. His drive sliced to the right and went out-of-bounds then on his third shot, he missed on the ball completely on his chip but was still assessed as a stroke that added to his woes.

Still Arbole made it to the scoring column format (four-to-play, three-to-count) with a 77.

Thailand had a 218 on the 70 of Natipong Srithong, 73 of Poom Saksansin and 75 of Chanachock D. Malaysia was led by Low Khai Jei’s 70 followed by Kenneth de Silva’s 73 and Muhammad Arie’s 79.

BELL Ace Charity Golf Tournament 2011

BELL Foundation is a non profit organization that was formed to focus on underprivileged children's schooling and to help them getting the best education they can get.

For the 6th time, BELL Foundation will be hosting its annual event "BELL Ace Charity Golf Tournament" on Friday 2nd December 2011 at Cengkareng Golf Club. This event is organized to raise fund to finish building a school in West Jakarta.

Please support this good cause by participating in the tournament and contribute to Indonesian children's education.

11.00 Registration and lunch
12.30 Shotgun Start
17.30 Dinner with entertainment
18.00 Trophies and prize giving ceremony, door prizes
         Charity Auction

4 Man Team Stroke Play, using System 36 Handicapping

Tournament Fee:
Rp. 1,750,000

Registration and RSVP:
Syela - Golf Events Indonesia
(021) 5793 6315/16 - 0856 9162 6874
Susan - BELL Foundation
(021) 565 8388 - 0815 818 3221

Monday, November 14, 2011

The Sutowo Amateur Open Golf Tournament

The Sutowo Amateur Open Golf Tournament 2011 will be held at Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club on Sunday 27 November 2011.
The tournament will be a 18-hole Individual Stroke Play Competition with Shotgun Start at 7am.

Tournament registration fee is Rp 650,000 for Members and Juniors, Rp 750,000 for Indonesian citizens and KITAS/KIMS holders, and Rp 850,000 for visitors.
Registration fee includes Green, Cart and Caddy Fees, buffet lunch, on-course snacks, 1 mineral water, golf souvenir, lucky draw and Hole-in-One prizes, and trophies awarded to the winners in Men's, Ladies, and Junior Divisions.

Special Room Rates (26-27 Nov) Rp 350,000 for Members and Juniors, Rp 400,000 for Indonesian citizens and KITAS/KIMS holders and Rp 450,000 for Visitors includes 1 night accommodation in a Superior Room and breakfast for 2. Upgrade to a Deluxe Golf View Room for only Rp 150,000 or a Bungalow for only Rp 250,000.

Special 18-hole Practice Round Rates on 26 November of Rp 300,000 for Members and Juniors, Rp 450,000 for Indonesian citizens and KITAS/KIMS holders and Rp 650,000 for Visitors.

All rates are nett. For more information and registration contact Bali Handara Sales Team at sales@balihandarakosaido.com or (0361) 288 944, fax (0361) 287 358.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thai Golfers Target Three Of Four Golds In Jakarta

Thailand's golf chief aims to win three of the four gold medals that are available at the SEA Games.

The Thai squad are expected to win in the men's individual and team events and the women's individual competition. "I have confidence in three events particularly the men's competitions," Rungsrid Luxitanond, president of the Thailand Golf Association, said yesterday.

"Every man is in good form and can win gold if they can play to their standard during the tournament."

In the men's team, Thailand made a late change with Chanachoke Aphirattanamongkol replacing Nattawat Suvajanakorn who is injured.

The other three men are Poom Saksansin, Natipong Srithong and Rattanon Wannasrichan.

The women's team feature Pinrat Loomboonruang, Panitta Yusabai and Pavarisa Yoktuan.

"In the women's event, Pinrat is one of the favourites to win the women's individual title," Rungsrid said.

"In the women's team competition, the Philippines and Indonesia are the teams to beat."

Thailand coach Gerry Norquist said his players were fit physically and mentally and that any of his men could win the individual title.

But he refused to predict how many gold medals his squad would win as this could put extra pressure on himself and the athletes.

Instead, he said he would try to motivate them to win in every event.

"Rungsrid's prediction will not put us under pressure," said the American who has been with the team since November 2009.

It is difficult to predict golf results because it is a battle between players and the course, he said.

Singpapore and the Philippines could be Thailand's toughest opponents in the men's and women's events respectively while Indonesia could be a surprise package thanks to home field advantage, Norquist said.

The golf tournament will be held at Jagorawi Country Club in Jakarta. The Thai team will fly to Indonesia on Friday.

Thailand swept all four gold medals at the 24th SEA Games on home soil in Nakhon Ratchasima in 2007 and took two golds and two silvers at the previous tournament in Laos in 2009.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Thai Wisut Wins Again, Rory Finishes 4th At Sabah Masters

KOTA KINABALU: Thailand’s Wisut Artjanawat claimed the US$60,000 Sabah Masters yesterday to become the first player to win four times on the Asean PGA Tour and also the first golfer to claim back-to-back titles.

Wisut recorded a one-stroke victory over Filipino Anthony Fernando and Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung at the Sutera Harbour Golf and Country Club to add to his success in last month’s Palembang Musi Champion­ship in Indonesia.

The 30-year-old fired a four-under 66 for a two-under 278 total. He had started the final round three shots behind leader Fernando but stormed into the lead with a brilliant front nine of four-under 32, which included birdies on the first two holes.

Fernando carded a 70 while Fung, who started with a costly double bo­­gey seven, came in with a 69. Indonesian Rory Hie and Thai Tanat­chan Puaktes shared fourth place.

“I’m delighted and very excited after winning my first back-to-back titles as a professional. Everything came together for me today, every part of my game worked well and I stayed calm and focused,” said Wisut, who won US$9,750.

He moved to the top of the Order of Merit with earnings of US$23,092

“It is definitely a confident booster ahead of my trip to Australia next week for the Australian Open. A world class field will gather there and after these two wins, I believe that I can get a good result Down Under,” said Wisut.


278: Wisut Artjanawat (Tha) 72-68-72-66
279: Nicholas Fung (Mas) 70-68-72-69, Anthony Fernando (Phi) 68-70-71-70
281: Rory Hie (Ina) 71-71-71-68, Tanatchan Puaktes (Tha) 68-73-71-69
283: Apichart Papitak (Tha) 70-74-72-67, Gerald Rosales (Phi) 75-73-67-68, S. Sivachandran (Mas) 70-68-72-73
284: Jay Bayron (Phi) 65-71-75-73
286: S. Murthy (Mas) 74-75-70-67
287: C. J. Gatto (US) 71-76-73-67, Marvin Dumandan (Phi) 75-74-69-69, Lim Eng Seng (Mas) 72-74-71-70
288: Marlon Dizon (Phi) 69-73-73-73
289: Nicholas Pua (Mas) 76-71-73-69, Varut Chomchalam (Tha) 74-75-71-69, Rashid Ismail (Mas) 74-72-73-70

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Ministry Of Tourism & Creative Economy Visits U.S. To Build Awareness And Encourage Travel To The Country

NEW YORK,2 Nov 2011 -- Indonesia is proving to be the hot new destination for U.S. tourists. The Ministry of Tourism & Creative Economy for the Republic of Indonesia reports that during the first six months of 2011, U.S. visitors to the country increased 7.4 percent from 85,385 to 91,569 over the same period last year.

The Ministry is intent on further strengthening the position of Indonesia as a preferred holiday destination for international tourists and increasing the number of visitor numbers coming from the U.S. by 10 percent by the end of 2011. To achieve its goal, the Ministry is participating in a series of events and sponsorships in the U.S., including the upcoming ING New York City Marathon on November 6, 2011.

The Ministry has appointed IMG to strategize and execute the sponsorship and marketing of Indonesia tourism at the 'ING New York City Marathon.' In New York, Indonesia will be represented in a variety of consumer-driven events, including the "International Taste of Travel" and "Parade of Nations." The Ministry believes the 'ING New York City Marathon' is an ideal platform to promote tourism in Indonesia to both U.S. and international tourists by showcasing Indonesia's vast offerings.

"Indonesia offers everything, from award-winning golf courses and spas to marvelous cultural attractions and natural wonders. We see the sponsorship of these international events surrounding the 'ING New York City Marathon' as a unique opportunity to promote our islands and introduce travelers to all we have to offer," said Sapta Nirwandar, Vice-Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy.

In addition to engaging in sponsorship opportunities, the Ministry is exploring new ways within the cruise industry to attract more travelers. As the country is conveniently located in close proximity to Southeast Asia's largest cruise hub, Singapore, the Ministry will be campaigning for new cruise routes in the next few years that explore islands beyond Bali.

Buoyed by the solid growth in travelers from the U.S. market, the Ministry announced that it will open a Visit Indonesia Tourism Office (VITO) in New York City in 2012. The role of the VITO is to promote Indonesia as a leisure and business destination. The U.S. office will join the family of 12 other VITOs located around the world in countries that are key tourism markets for Indonesia.

2011 Rotary Club Nusa Dua Charity Golf Tournament

Bali's Charity Golf Event
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The tournament is supported by:
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Shothun Start 1.00pm - Saturday November 12, 2011
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Entries Limited to First 144 Players to Register
Great Golf Festivities - Sponsored "Goodies" on All Holes

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Great Lucky Draw & Grand Prizes
Entry Fee Rp 1,250,000 Nett, inclusive of Golf-Poolside BBQ Awards Dinner
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Sunday, October 30, 2011

CIMB To Send Budding Juniors For Stint In America

Kuala Lumpur, 29 October 2011: The CIMB Foundation will send eight of the region’s top junior golfers for an overseas training stint in the United States in December.

This is part of the CIMB junior golf development programme in the ongoing CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia.

The juniors – four boys and four girls – will be from Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand.

They are Paul San and Sarfina Seretharan (Malaysia); Putri Aisyah Amani and Joshua Andrew Wirawan (Indonesia); Puwit Anupansuebsai and Savitree Thavong (Thailand); and Caleb Ng and Rachel Cheang (Singapore).

The eight are the second batch of juniors to be sent to undergo the intensive training programme, which will be conducted by the US PGA Tour Academy at its headquarters at TPC Sawgrass in Florida.

The junior golfers also had an opportunity to learn from the professionals during the practice round on Tuesday and the pro-am on Wednesday.

Padang Golf Modern 16th Anniversary Tournament

To celebrate Padang Golf Modern's 16th anniversary, there will be a big '1001 Nights'-themed tournament with fantastic prizes to win on 26-27 November 2011.

Date:Saturday 26 Nov 2011Sunday 27 Nov 2011
Member:Rp 800,000Rp 749,000Rp 749,000Rp 1,049,000
Guest:Rp 1,925,000Rp 1,809,000Rp 1,849,000Rp 2,149,000
Fees include: Tournament fee, breakfast, lunch, gala dinner, and goodie bag worth Rp 750,000.
Bookings before 7 November will receive a 5% discount.

Hole-in-one prizes are 1 exclusive house at Kota Modern and 3 luxury cars.
Lucky draw prizes: 3 Yamaha Mio, electronics, handphone, airline tickets, golf trip, vouchers, golf equipment and much more.
Grand lucky draw is Nissan March.

For further information and reservation please call (021) 552 9228

Friday, October 28, 2011

Nongsa Cup At Tering Bay And Palm Springs Batam

On 13 and 14 November 2011 the Nongsa Cup will be played on Batam Island. This weekend tournament will be played over 36 holes on 2 courses, Tering Bay Golf & Country Club and Palm Springs Golf & Beach Resort.
There are many prizes to be won, including a top prize of S$2,011 in cash and Rp 400,000,000 hole-in-one prize.
The tournament format is 36 holes stroke play, with maximum handicap of 24 for men, 36 for ladies.
Registration fee is S$248 per person, including:
  • Return ferry transfer to Singapore
  • 2x 18 holes green fee (Tering Bay & Palm Springs)
  • Buggy & caddy (twin sharing)
  • 1 Night stay at Turi Beach Resort or Batam View Beach Resort (twin sharing)
  • 2x Lunch
  • 1x Dinner
  • 1x Breakfast
  • Golfing insurance
  • Land transfers (Golf course-hotel)
  • Immigration & Porter charge
  • Goodie bag
  • Live entertainment
Single supplement S$45.
Local registration fee S$203, excluding ferry.

For more information please contact +62 778 761 080 or sm@turibeach.com

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Westwood To Defend Indonesia Title

World number two Lee Westwood has confirmed he will return to defend his title at the Indonesian Masters held at Royale Jakarta Golf Club next April.

The Englishman claimed a memorable victory in the inaugural edition on the Asian Tour earlier this year which coincided with his 38th birthday and a return to the world's number one position, albeit briefly.

His early confirmation is a huge boost for the Indonesian Masters which is growing immensely following its launch this year. The second edition of the tournament will be held from April 19 to 22, 2012.

"I am delighted to confirm that I will be back to Royale Jakarta to defend my Indonesian Masters presented by PNTS title," said Westwood, who holds 34 international victories in his illustrious career.

"I enjoyed my time in Indonesia earlier this year as it is an amazing place and I managed to play some very good golf to beat a strong Asian Tour field. It will be fun to defend my title as I always enjoy competing in Asia where I have been very successful."

Westwood carded brilliant rounds of 68, 66, 66 and 69 for a 19-under-par 269 winning total at Royale Jakarta to beat Thai star Thongchai Jaidee by three shots. The final round was graced by the presence of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Yamaha Demo Day At Cengkareng Golf Club

Experience Yamaha !!

Demo days from 21 - 23rd October 2011 at Japanese Corner, The Arcade Cengkareng Golf Club.

Get a Yamaha Golf T-shirt every purchase Yamaha Golf product.

Info : 021-40400475

Monday, October 17, 2011

JCJHA Save Borobodur Charity Golf Tournament

The Jogja & Central Java Hotels Association (JCJHA) is organizing the JCJHA Save Borobudur Charity Golf Tournament to raise funds for the support and preservation of the Borobudur Temple complex and generate economic activities in its surrounding areas.

You can join this fun day and contribute to the safe guarding of Borobudur.

DATE: Sunday 23 October 2011
LOCATION: Merapi Golf, Yogyakarta
FORMAT: 18 Hole Stroke Play
RULES: The R&A Limited and Local Rules of Merapi Golf
FEE: IDR 1,250,000 per person
REGISTRATION: 05.30-06.30 AM

Hole in One prizes 1 unit Toyota Camry and 2 units Toyota Avanza.

Please register with JCJHA secretariat:
Phone: +62 274 488588
Fax: +62 374 484589
Email: lea.meliana@sheratonyogya.com
Bank Account: 018-0100-669-009
Account Name: PT Mustika Princess Hotel
Bank Details: CIMB Niaga - Jl Jendral Sudirman Yogyakarta

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Wisut Cruises To Palembang Win

Palembang, Indonesia, October 16: Thailand’s Wisut Artjanawat handled the pressure of leading going into the final round of the US$75,000 Palembang Musi Championship today with consummate ease by strolling to a five stroke victory.

Ahead by one at the start of the day he proved to be uncatchable as he fired a bogey free six-under-par 66 at Palembang Golf Club.

He finished with an impressive four-round aggregate of 17-under-par 271.

Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung took second place after shooting a 69 while a stroke further back were Jay Bayron from the Philippines and Thailand’s Supravee Phatam.

Bayron stormed through with a 64 while Supravee returned 67.

It is Wisut’s third victory on the ASEAN PGA Tour and the US$12,111 winners’ cheque moved him up to third on the Order of Merit from 43rd. The huge leap also puts him into prime position to qualify for the US$6 million Barclays Singapore Open as the top seven from the Merit list as of November 6 make it through.

“I felt relaxed and just focused on what I had to do and nothing else. This win puts me on track to be able to work towards playing like this in the big events in the region. I am really happy,” said Wisut.

He made six birdies including on 17 and 18. The only real concern during his round came on the par-four 17th where after a stray tee shot he had to chip sideways into the fairway. Remarkably he then holed his third shot from the fairway to put one hand firmly on the trophy.

“I didn’t panic on 17. I deliberately chipped out so that I only had 50 yards left which is a distance I am very comfortable with. Holing it was a bit of luck though,” added the 29 year old from Bangkok.

On the par-four 18th he finished off in style after nailing his second shot to four feet.

Wisut is a proven winner having won the Thailand PGA Championship last year and in 2008 he won the Mercedes-Benz Masters Vietnam and the Mercedes-Benz Masters Philippines on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

He turned professional in 2006 after enjoying a distinguished amateur career which saw him claim the individual and team titles in the 2005 Putra Cup.

Playing partner Fung tried valiantly to catch Wisut and was two shots behind at the turn.

However it was not to be and a bogey on the final hole saw him slip further behind.

“I wasn’t feeling well at the start of the week. I had a stomach upset and nearly pulled out so I really am happy to finish second,” said Fung who won US$8,346.
Indonesian veteran Ilyassak, the halfway leader who was one shot behind Wisut after round three, carded a 72. The 46 year old from Aceh ended in sole possession of fifth place to be the leading local player.

The next event on the ASEAN PGA Tour is the US$60,000 Sabah Masters which will be played at Sutera Harbour Golf & Country Club from November 3 to 6.
Leading Final Round Scores:

(Par 72)

Indonesian unless stated

271 - Wisut Artjanawat (THA) 71 68 66 66

276 - Nicholas Fung (MAS) 69 73 65 69

277 - Jay Bayron (PHI) 73 72 68 64, Supravee Phatam (THA) 72 72 66 67

278 - Ilyasyak 68 69 69 72

280 - Tanatchan Puaktes (THA) 68 71 70 71

281 - Somsak Khaoprathum (THA) 66 74 71 70

282 – Jamel Ondo 72 66 73 71

283 - Gerald Rosales (PHI) 76 70 70 67, Wittawat Sae-Ung (THA) 73 67 72 71

284 - A Abrahamsyah 70 71 73 70

285 - Ekalak Waisayakul (THA) 70 72 72 71, Marvin Dumandan (PHI) 72 73 69 71, Rory Hie 73 67 71 74

286 - Maan Nasim 75 71 72 68, Pornlapat Wongchindawest (THA) 74 73 70 69, Ade Sebul 72 71 73 70, Tepphatud Sanawong (THA) 74 70 71 71, Apichai Leelakajornjit (THA) 73 74 68 71

287 - Airil Rizman (MAS) 73 76 67 71

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Wisut Takes Control In Palembang

Palembang, Indonesia, October 15: Wisut Artjanawat, the highly-rated Thai golfer who many believe has the ability to succeed at the highest level, took the third round lead in the US$75,000 Palembang Musi Championship today.

He carded a six-under-par 66 at Palembang Golf Club giving him an opportunity to win his third title on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

Wisut leads the tournament on 11-under-par 205 by one shot from overnight leader Ilyassak from Indonesia, who fired a 69.

Young Malaysian star Nicholas Fung carded a 65, the lowest round of the week, to move into sole possession of third place two shots behind the leader.

“I have been struggling with my short game for a while but the greens here are a little slower which I prefer. I am holing a lot of putts,” said Wisut.

The 29 year old carded a bogey free round and twice made three birdies in a row from the seventh and later from the 15th.

Wisut is a proven winner having won the Thailand PGA Championship last year and in 2008 he won the Mercedes-Benz Masters Vietnam and the Mercedes-Benz Masters Philippines on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

He turned professional in 2006 after enjoying a distinguished amateur career which saw him claim the individual and team titles in the 2005 Putra Cup.

In an attempt to take his golf to the next level he re-invented his approach to the game this year.

“I have been working very hard with a mental and physical coach in Thailand. I am improving my fitness so that I don’t get tired so easily. I was getting tired after three rounds and did not have enough energy to finish off a tournament properly. Also I am working on my level of concentration so that I can stay focused and not clutter my mind with too many thoughts,” added the Thai.

Veteran Ilyassak, aged 46, led for most of the day but found water on the par four 17th and made a double bogey.

“That was a careless mistake which I am disappointed about. However, I feel a bit more comfortable going into the final round one shot off the lead,” said the strapping golfer for Aceh.

A five time winner on the local Indonesian circuit he is looking for his first victory on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

Fung, who recently claimed back to back titles on the Malaysian Tour, catapulted himself into contention with a brilliant round.

He dropped a shot on the third but then nailed eight birdies despite nursing an upset tummy.

“I have been practicing really hard and it showed today as I hit a lot of shots close and had many short birdies putts. This week has been a bit of a struggle as I have not been feeling that well. I played in the Korea Open last week on OneAsia and I think going from the food there to the food here has upset my stomach. I am feeling better now and looking forward to the final round,” said the 21 year old.

Thailand’s Tanatchan Puaktes returned a 70 and is four back.

Indonesia’s top golfer Rory Hie fired a 71 and is six behind Wisut to give him an outside chance of claiming the title.

Leading Third Round Scores:

(Par 72)

Indonesian unless stated

205 - Wisut Artjanawat (THA) 71 68 66

206 - Ilyasyak 68 69 69

207 - Nicholas Fung (MAS) 69 73 65

209 - Tanatchan Puaktes (THA) 68 71 70

210 - Supravee Phatam (THA) 72 72 66

211 - Rory Hie 73 67 71, Somsak Khaoprathum (THA) 66 74 71, Jamel Ondo 72 66 73

212 - Wittawat Sae-Ung (THA) 73 67 72

213 - Jay Bayron (PHI) 73 72 68

214 - Marvin Dumandan (PHI) 72 73 69, Ekalak Waisayakul (THA) 70 72 72, A Abrahamsyah 70 71 73

215 - Johannes Dermawan 72 73 70, Apichai Leelakajornjit (THA) 73 74 68, Tepphatud Sanawong (THA) 74 70 71, Anthony Fernando (PHI) 69 71 75

216 - Gerald Rosales (PHI) 76 70 70, S Suprapto 76 70 70, Ade Sebul 72 71 73, Airil Rizman (MAS) 73 76 67

Friday, October 14, 2011

Ilyassak Takes Halfway Lead

Palembang, Indonesia, October 14: Veteran Ilyassak loving the local layout but battling from an overdose of coffee moved into the lead in the US$75,000 Palembang Musi Championship today.

He shot a three-under-par 69 at Palembang Golf Club for a two round total of seven-under-par 137.

The 46 year old Indonesian leads by one stroke from compatriot Jamel Ondo.

Ondo shot a 66 in the fifth event of the season on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

Thailand’s Wisut Artjanawat and Tanutchan Puaktes are a stroke further behind after carding rounds of 68 and 71 respectively.

Ilyassak comes from Aceh where he says his local course is very similar to Palembang.

“The speed of the greens and the course conditions are just like Aceh. I am very comfortable playing here. I am a bit tired though as I have not slept well the past two nights. I have been drinking too much coffee. Last night was really bad as the waiter at the hotel mistakenly gave me an extra strong cup. I couldn’t sleep and felt hungry in the middle of the night,” said Ilyassak.

He has won five times on the local Indonesian circuit during a long career. A win this week would be his most significant so far and judging by the way he played today he has every chance.

The Indonesian fired an eagle, four birdies, a double bogey and a bogey to take command.

“The front nine was very good but I made some mistakes on the back nine. I teed up my ball too high on the par-three 11th and hit a bad tee shot into trouble. I took a double there,” added Ilyassak.

Ondo has been a professional for 10 years and is looking for his first victory.

He played like a winner on the outward half making birdies on one, three, four, seven, eight and nine. A level par back nine ensured he was very much in the hunt.

“My iron play was great and I hit it close on a lot of holes. All my birdie putts where short. I am a teaching professional at Royale Jakarta Golf Club so I love having the opportunity to play in tournaments on the ASEAN PGA Tour,” said Ondo.

Indonesia’s top golfer Rory Hie carded a 67 and is just three behind the leader along with first round leader Somsak Khaoprathum from Thailand who fired 74.

Malaysian Nicholas Fung is five back after coming in with a 73.

The halfway cut was made at six over par meaning that Singaporean amateur Choo Tze Huang surprisingly missed the cut.

Choo, the region’s top amateur having won the individual and team titles in last month’s Putra Cup, shot rounds of 72 and 79 to miss by one. A quadruple bogey eight on the 18th, which was his ninth hole of the day, did most of the damage.

Leading Second Round Scores:

(Par 72)

Indonesian unless stated

137 - Ilyassak 68 69
138 - Jamel Ondo 72 66
139 – Wisut Artjanawat (THA) 71 68, Tanutchan Puaktes (THA) 68 71
140 – Rory Hie 73 67, Somsak Khaoprathum (THA) 66 74, Wittawat Sae-Ung (THA) 73 67, Anthony Fernando (PHI) 69 71
141 - Abrahamsyah 70 71
142 - Ekalak Waisayakul (THA) 70 72, Nicholas Fung (MAS) 69 73
143 - Ade Sebul 72 71, Andik Mauluddin 72 71
144 - Tepphatud Sanawong (THA) 74 70, Supravee Phatam (THA) 72 72, Maman Suherman 72 72,
145 - Borworn Chaisri (THA) 73 72, Johannes Dermawan 72 73, I Irwansyah 74 71, Aminuddin Ali 72 73, Andi Yatmo 73 72, Marvin Dumandan (PHI) 72 73, Jay Bayron (PHI) 73 72

Selected scores:

146 - Gerald Rosales (PHI) 76 70, Pavit Tangkamolprasert (THA) 72 74, Varut Chomchalum (THA) 73 73
148 – Jerome Ng (Sin) (a) 76 72
149 – Airil Rizman (MAS) 76 73
151 - Choo Tze Huang (SIN) (a) 72 79

Indonesia – Official Partner Country Of ITB Berlin 2013

In 2013 Indonesia will be the official partner country of ITB Berlin.

Dr. Sapta Nirwandar, Director General of Tourism Marketing of the Ministry for Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Indonesia and Dr. Martin Buck, Vice President of the Competence Center Travel & Logistics, signed a preliminary agreement on behalf of the world’s leading travel trade show and the future partner country of ITB Berlin.

“In recent years Indonesia has experienced huge economic growth. As one of the heavyweights in Southeast Asia Indonesia also offers great potential for Germany, its foremost trading partner in the European Union“, said Dr. Sapta Nirwandar. “Our participation in ITB Berlin 2013 will give a long-term boost to our popularity on the German and international market, and with our wide range of tourism products we will be sending out a positive signal to both trade visitors and the general public.

Indonesia is the biggest archipelago country in the world. It is rich with long history, cultures and heritage. Indonesia will warmly welcome all its guests and serve them with all the luxury tourism they ever wish for. In this country, guests will easily find any kind of luxurious services during their journey, from prestigious hotel, golf, spa, yacht to wedding and honeymoon packages. Journey and holiday to Indonesia will definitely be wonderful ones.”

Dr. Martin Buck: “This year Indonesia was represented at ITB Berlin for the 42nd time. We are delighted that the largest island nation in the world is expanding its presence at the show, and that in its role as official partner country it will be the focus of the international travel industry. Travelers representing the general public as well as MICE executives are fascinated by the diversity that Indonesia has to offer. Its innumerable islands and its centuries-old wealth of cultural and natural attractions are a magnet for travelers around the world. With so many animal and plant species, fascinating geological formations and outstanding opportunities for underwater diving, as a tourism destination Indonesia has stepped out of the shadow of Thailand and Malaysia. ITB Berlin is the ideal platform to present this country to the international media and to visitors, as well as to underline its importance as one of the leading and safest holiday destinations in Southeast Asia.“
At ITB Berlin 2011 Indonesia was represented with a two-tier stand covering 400 square metres and provided trade visitors and the general public with information on nature and its culture, the two mainstays of the Indonesian tourism industry. The campaign promoting “Wonderful Indonesia“ reflects the wide range of tourism products on offer, which in 2010 attracted seven million visitors to the country.

Somsak Shines In Palembang

Palembang, Indonesia, October 13: Thailand’s Somsak Khaoprathum experienced the thrill of leading a tournament for the first time in his fledgling career today when he fired a six-under-par 66 on the opening day of the US$75,000 Palembang Musi Championship.

A brilliant five-under-par back nine, which included four birdies in a row from the 14th, at Palembang Golf Club saw him shine in the fifth event of the season on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

Ilyassak, the elder statesman of Indonesian golf, rolled back the years and carded a 68 to tie for second place with Thailand’s Tanutchan Puaktes.

Malaysia’s Nicholas Fung and Anthony Fernando from the Philippines are a stroke further behind.

“It is my best round as a professional. I felt very relaxed and holed a lot of putts from about 20 feet. I wasn’t thinking about my score too much and so when I finished it was only then I realized that I was leading,” said Somsak.

The 24 year old from Bangkok made the turn in one under before bursting into life on the homeward stretch.

“I have mainly been playing on the local Tour in Thailand this year so it feels great to be able to play overseas for a change. It is exciting and definitely lifted my game today,” added Somsak, who turned professional in 2008.

In contrast to the young Thai leader, Ilyassak has over two decades of experience of playing in tournaments around the region. He has long been one of the most recognizable golfers from his country with his thick distinctive moustache and tall frame.

“This is an old style golf course which I am very used to playing. It gives me a bit of an advantage although it will difficult to keep this going against all these young players,” said the man from Aceh who has won multiple titles in Indonesia.

Ilyassak made five birdies and dropped one stroke.

Fung, one of the pre-tournament favourites having won back to back events on the PGM Tour of Malaysia last month was content with his opening salvo.

“It is a tricky course that requires a sharp short game. It is not a very long course but requires a lot of concentration. It was a good start for me,” said Fung, who claimed last year/s Mercedes-Benz Masters Vietnam on the ASEAN PGA Tour.

Singapore amateur Choo Tze Huang, winner of the individual and team titles in last month’s Putra Cup, made a solid start after carding a 72 and lies joint 10th with 14 other players.

Indonesia’s Rory Hie, the country’s top golfer, came in with a 73.

The former US college star is another of the favourties this week having finished second this year in the Indonesia PGA Championship and Indonesia Open presented by Enjoy Jakarta, both of which are on OneAsia.

Leading First Round Scores:

(Par 72)

Indonesian unless stated

(a) denotes amateur

66 - Somsak Khaoprathum (THA)
68 – Ilyassak, Tanutchan Puaktes (THA)
69 – Anthony Fernando (PHI), Nicholas Fung (MAS)
70 – Nasin Surachman, Ekalak Waisayakul (THA), A. Abrahamsyah
71 – Wisut Artjanwat (THA)
72 – Andik Mauludin, Maman Suherman, Marvin Dumandan (PHI), Khor Kheng Hwai (MAS), Pavit Tangkamloprasert (THA), Rinaldi Adiandono, Alan Chin (MAS), I Irmansyah,, Ade Sebul, Johannes Dermawan, Choo Tze Huang (SIN) (a), Kasiadi, Aminuddin Ali, Jamel Ondo, Supravee Phatam (THA)

Selected scores:
73 – Rory Hie, Airil Rizman (MAS), Jay Bayron (PHI), Varut Chomchalam (THA)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Ria Golf Lodge First Anniversary Promotion

To celebrate the first anniversary of Ria Golf Lodge at Ria Bintan, you can now stay at Ria and enjoy unlimited green fees!

PAR Room: S$75++
BIRDIE Room: S$100++
EAGLE Room: S$125++
ALBATROSS Room: S$175++

Terms and conditions are:
  • Promotion and booking validity is from 1-30 November 2011
  • Travel validity is until 31 May 2012
  • Ria Lodge rates are per room per night basis and subject to 10% service charge and 11% government tax
  • Room rates are valid for check in on Monday-Thursday
  • Unlimited green fees are valid during stay at Ria Golf Lodge and valid for play on Monday-Friday only
  • Twin share buggy & caddy fees at S$56 per golfer per round apply
  • No amendment or cancellation is allowed upn confirmation
For reservation and information contact +62.21.571 1137 or jso@riabintan.co.id

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Titleist Introduces New Vokey Design SM4 Wedges

Born from the unique artistry and clubmaking experience of master wedge craftsman Bob Vokey, Titleist Vokey Design Wedges have earned the reputation as the game’s finest short game tools. Since 1998, Vokey Design wedges have achieved overwhelming success as the favorite of more players across the worldwide professional tours and competitive golf and as a leader with serious golfers in the marketplace. In fact, Vokey Design wedges have been the top choice on the PGA Tour in terms of player count and wins for eight consecutive years and counting.
Now, Titleist introduces a completely new line of Vokey Design Spin Milled wedges to maximize performance within the limits of the 2010 Groove Rule. The new Vokey Design SM4 wedges feature 17 precise, individually cut and 100% inspected grooves that maximize groove geometry and push groove edge radius to the conforming limits. Using computer aided design (CAD), SM4 wedges also feature a new shape inspired by Vokey’s original 200 series. With twenty-one loft and bounce combinations and five different sole grinds that Vokey developed through his research and work with the best players in the world, the new Vokey Design SM4 wedges represent the next generation of the most renowned scoring clubs in golf.

Available in both right and left hand beginning December, 2011 at below Titleist Partner :

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Bali World Cup Charity Golf Tournament 2011

New Kuta Golf has hosted the “Bali World Cup Charity Golf Tournament 2011” on Saturday, 30 July 2011, participated in by 160 players while more than 250 people attended the Gala Dinner.
Participants gather from all corners of the world

The tournament was organized in association with the ROLF Foundation to raise funds for the needy of the Bukit and Southern Bali. The tournament was an Inter-Nation team event with each team comprising of 5 players. The Indonesian Team became the winner of the event.
The winning Indonesian team

In total almost 150 million rupiah was raised from the tournament and all of this money will be allocated to the charity. This tournament will be an annual event that is going to be held again in 2012.

World Golfers Championship Indonesia Finals

CONGRATULATIONS to World Golfers Championship Indonesia 2011 Winners!

Div.A: Suharsono
Div.B: Wawan Setiawan
Div.C: Vincent Kusame
Div.D: Pieter Prinsloo
Div.E: Yusmansyah

They will now go on to the World Golfers Championship World Finals 2011 that will be held at the 5-star Fairmont Zimbali Resort near Durban in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa from 29 Oktober until 5 Oktober 2011, where they will play four of the regions best courses.
For more information on the World Golfers Championship visit www.wgc-indonesia.com or www.worldgolfers.com.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

1st Bali Handara-New Kuta Golf Challenge

For the first time the Bali Handara - New Kuta Golf Challenge will be held at Bali.
Play 2 18-hole rounds of golf in a stroke play on handicap event.

ROUND 1 :29 October 2011, 09.00am at
Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club
ROUND 2 :30 October 2011, 07.30am at
New Kuta Golf

Tournament fees:
· Member (BHKCC & NKG) : IDR 1,250,000
· Guest : IDR 1,800,000
Tournament fees include: green fee, cart fee, caddy fee, breakfast, lunch buffets, player's insurance, refreshment, trophy, Hole in One and lucky draw prizes.

Special room rates are available at:
· IDR 400,000 net/night (Superior Room/cottage - BHKCC)
· IDR 600,000 net/night (Superior Room - New Kuta Condotel)
· IDR 750,000 net/night (Deluze Room - Le Grande Suite)

For more more information & registration, please contact:
T +62 361 8481 333
F +62 361 8481 400
T +62 362 342 2646
F +62 362 342 3048

Friday, October 7, 2011

INA Burdock Open Golf Tournament

The annual INA Burdock Open Golf Tournament, organized every year by INA Indonesia Netherlands Association, will this year be held at:

DATE : Friday 21 October 2011

LOCATION : Riverside Golf Club

SHOT GUN : 07.00am

FEE : INA members IDR 1,000,000, non-members IDR 1,200,000

GROUP FEE : Flight of 4 IDR 3,500,000; bring your colleagues or business partners

Participation fee includes green fee, caddy fee and lunch.

For information and registration contact ina@ina.or.id

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

JOGLOSEMAR Golf Package At Merapi Golf Yogyakarta

MERAPI GOLF, on the slopes of Mount Merapi, Yogyakarta, announced that from 1 October 2011 the following rates and conditions apply:

  1. The "JOGLOSEMAR" golf package is valid on Mondays and Tuesdays only, except national holidays.
  2. The package price for "JOGLESEMAR" is IDR 350,000 per player, includes Green Fee, Caddy Fee, golf cart and 1 bottle of mineral water.
  3. The "JOGLOSEMAR" package is only available to Indonesian nationals and KITAS holders.
  4. Regular golf fees:
    Wednesday/Thursday: IDR 484,000/player
    Friday/Sunday: IDR 814,000/player
    Saturday/national holiday: IDR 869,000/player
  5. 50% discount on regular fee for additional 9 holes after finishing 18 holes on the same day.
  6. 25% discount on regular fee for additional 18 holes after finishing 18 holes, to be ordered and paid same day, but can be played next day.
  7. Valid from 1 October until further notice.

For reservations contact Merapi Golf at +62 274 896176

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Nirwana Bali Voted Indonesia's Leading Golf Resort

Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort is awarded 2011 Indonesia's Leading Golf Resort from the prestigious World Travel Awards. This recognition has proven that Pan Pacific Nirwana Bali Resort is the best golf resort in Indonesia and it has been recognized internationally.

The award was presented during a VIP gala ceremony hosted by World Travel Awards (WTA) in Bangkok, Thailand on 28 September 2011.

Other Indonesian winners include The St. Regis Bali Resort, who picked up two awards for Asia's Leading Luxury Resort and Indonesia's Leading Hotel, AYANA Resort and Spa Bali, who also picked up two awards Indonesia's Leading Resort as well as Indonesia's Leading Spa Resort, and Hotel Sedona Manado who picked up the award for Indonesia's Leading Business Hotel.

For a full list of winners at World Travel Awards 2011 Asia & Australasia Ceremony visit: www.worldtravelawards.com/winners2011-4

UNICEF Challenge Golf Tournament

The St. Regis Bali Resort and The Laguna, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali have partnered with Bali Golf & Country Club to present this first ever, first class charity golf event on the island which will take place on 29 October 2011, commencing at 06.30am.

This is to raise additional funds to support Check Out For Children™. An alliance between Starwood Hotels & Resorts and UNICEF, the initiative raises monies through an additional US$1 (or its equivalent in another currency) which is included in the room bill of each guest and this has helped immunize over one million children in underdeveloped countries since 1995.

Golfers will begin the day early and be treated to a delightful breakfast with Champagne at Arwana of The Laguna Nusa Dua, after which they will be transferred to the green fairways to take their first shot gun swing at 07.30am. Refreshing cocktails and canapes will be served on the course to enhance this lifestyle play and the event will end on a high note with a sumptuous buffet lunch at Boneka Restaurant of the St Regis Bali, complemented with wines and beers, during which, tournament winners will be announced.

Winners will be rewarded with great prizes including return flight tickets to Singapore and Hong Kong and accommodation at a 5-star hotel for 2 persons. For the Grand Prize, the winner will be treated to an exceptional and luxurious two night stay at the residential style beachfront Strand Villa at the St Regis Bali.

We offer a special programme for partners, while the golfers are on the course, with a sensational treatment at the Remède Spa with a 60-min Balinese massage, 30-min head and scalp massage and 30-min foot reflexology, followed by a 40-min soak in our Aqua Vitale Sea Salt Bath Therapy ending with a relaxing wind down in our steam and sauna rooms.

Join us for this memorable golf tournament with a cause.

Rp. 2,000,000 net (Charity Golf Tournament)
Rp. 2,000,000 net (Partners Programme)

We offer also a very attractive package for those who would like to spend one night in a luxurious suite in St Regis Bali or a relaxing guestroom with direct lagoon access in The Laguna Nusa Dua, before or after the golf game.

Rp. 3,000,000++ The St Regis Bali
Rp. 1,500,000++ The Laguna Resort & Spa, Nusa Dua, Bali
Terms and conditions for room booking apply.

For more information and reservation, please call 62.361.8478 111 / email stregis.bali@stregis.com

Globe Asia Golf Challenge 2011

Please join the Globe Asia Golf Challenge 2011, themed "Splitting the Fairway", that will be held on:

DATE: 12 October 2011

VENUE: Rancamaya Golf & Country Club, Bogor


FEE: IDR 1,500,000 per person

There are great prizes to be won:

Hole in One: 3 unit Chrysler 300C 3.5L and 1 unit Chrysler 300C 6.1L

Grand Prize: 100,000 Asia Miles (equal to 2 roundtrip Business Class tickets JKT-HKG-JKT with Cathay Pacific)

For reservation contact Irash at +62 898 88888 94 or irash.wahyuni@beritasatumedia.com

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Bali Junior Championship Cup Tournament Results

Back to where it all started

An exciting PGI Bali Junior Golf Tournament Series Championship Cup was held on Sunday 25th September at New Kuta Golf.

New Kuta Golf was where we started with the Series 1 tournament so it was a fitting end to a wonderful series of golf for the juniors in Bali. The support of New Kuta Golf for the juniors was once again turned on.

During the 5 Series which lead up to the Championship Cup the junior players played at all 5 courses in Bali.

At times home course knowledge proved to be an advantage but with many of the juniors experiencing the courses for the very first time they still manage to showed just how quickly they adapted to the new surroundings.

Once again 48 junior players displayed great ethics by arriving early, following the rules and also having fun.

The Boys Championship Cup was decided by an exciting playoff with Ananda Pidada and Andrew Mulyadi tied for first place.

The two players headed back to hole 9 deciding on who would go first by an unconventional “dum dum sut” (rock paper scissors). Ananda tees off first followed by Andrew whose ball looks like its out of bounds so he hits a provisional ball. Ananda who is known to have the coolest head on the course putted for the win. In his victory speech he said “it was his lucky day today!”

There was a nerve racking wait for the mixed championship players Meva Schmit and Jose Massana as a computer glitch forced the tournament officials to recheck the scores manually.

Both player told to prepare for a possible playoff. Ten year old Meva, obviously exhausted, was emotional but within minutes one of the officials came out to declare Meva the winner therefore avoiding the playoff.

The girls champion Yeyen Safitri wins with an amazing score of 77.

The divisional tournament players all did well with a few players playing in their very first tournament.

The inaugural series championship cup also saw the presentation of The Kang Dharma Wijaya Players of the Year Trophies, awarded to players who met the criteria set by the Committee. These players were Andrew Mulyadi, Aldo Ryanata and Jose Massana.


PGI Bali Junior Golf Championship Cup Tournament
New Kuta Golf 25 September 2011

Championship Cup Winners

BOYS Championship, Division A & B

85 - Ananda Pidada (43 42), won by playoff hole 9

GIRLS Championship, Division A & B

77 - Yeyen Safitri (39 38)

MIXED Championship, Division C & D

91 - Meva Schmit (45 46)

Players of the Year (The Kang Dharma Wijaya Trophy)

Andrew Mulyadi

Aldo Ryanata

Jose Massana

Division Winners


Division A: 92 - Agus Dodik Ariadi (42 50)
Division B: 95 - Adam Scherer (50 45)
Division C: 90 - Ary Wiguna Suastama (46 49)
Division D: 90 - Luke Moore (48 42)


Division A: No winner
Division B: No winner
Division C: 126 - Dara Aulia (66 60)
Division D: 125 - Irene Pangemanan (59 66)
Division E: 28 - Kea Macleod, 6 holes

Nearest to the line: Dhanang Wicaksono

Nearest to the pin:
Ary Wiguna Suastama

Friday, September 16, 2011

Third Places For Indonesian Juniors At 100Plus Malaysian Junior Open

Kuala Lumpur, Sept 15 -- Malaysia's Muhammad Azry Asyraf Noor Azam and Dottie Ardina of the Philippines claimed the 2011 100Plus Malaysian Junior Open titles today at the Saujana Golf and Country Club in Subang.

Although the final round was once again disrupted by dark clouds and rain, Muhammad Azry, 17, kept his cool to sink a birdie on the second hole play-off at the par-5 18th hole to clinch his first Malaysian Junior Open crown.

After completing the final round, Muhammad Azry and fellow Malaysian Low Khai Jei were tied with identical scores of four-over 220.

"I didn't expect to win this tournament but felt good coming into the final round. I was quite nervous when playing in the play-off and when we were tied after the first play-off hole, I told myself to keep calm in the second.

"I managed to control the game and win it," said the form four student of Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Taman Hi-Tech Kulim in Kedah who hopes to be selected for the SEA Games.

With their strong performances at this year's competition, both Muhammad Azry and Khai Jei claimed the Boy's Under-16 title while overnight leader, Jeremiah Kim, shared third place with Indonesia's Joshua Andrew Wirawan on six-over-par 222 total.

Jeremiah however, won the Boy's Under-18 title, beating Trishul Chinappa from India (227) and Indonesia's Kow Eiki (228).

In the Girl's category, Dottie blew up with a poor nine-over-par 81 today but did enough over the first two days to win the title by four strokes over India's Aditi Ashok.

Her team mate and defending champion, Sarah Ababa shared third placing with Malaysia's Loy Hee Ying with score of 11-over 227.

In the team (mixed) event the title went to India, with a score 301, 17 strokes ahead of the second placed Indonesian team of Kow Eiki and Putri Aisyah Aman (318). Third place went to Taiwan with a score of 332.

FINAL RESULTS: (Malaysian unless stated)



220 - Muhammad Azry Asyraf Noor Azam 72-74-74 (winner after play-off), Low Khai Jei 76-72-72

222 - Joshua Andrew Wirawan (INA) 72-77-73, Jeremiah Kim 69-78-75

223 - Paul San 81-70-72


222 - Jeremiah Kim 69-78-75

227 - Trishul Chinappa (IND) 77-76-74

228 - Kow Eiki (INA) 75-76-77


220 - Low Khai Jei 76-72-72, Muhammad Azry Asyraf Noor Azam 72-74-74

222 - Joshua Andrew Wirawan (INA) 72-77-73

223 - Paul San 81-70-72


231 - Albright Chong 74-77-80

234 - Ervin Chang 79-72-83

239 - Jordan Jude Tay 83-82-74



220 - Dottie Ardina (PHI) 67-72-81

224 - Aditi Ashok (IND) 73-75-76

227 - Sarah Ababa (PHI) 76-73-78, Loy Hee Ying 75-74-78


220 - Dottie Ardina (PHI) 67-72-81

227 - Sarah Ababa (PHI) 76-73-78

240 - Sheryl Villvencio (PHI) 67-72-81


229 - Nur Durriyah Damian 72-76-81

235 - Sarfina Vinota Seretharan 75-79-81

244 - Genevieve Ling 79-85-80


224 - Aditi Ashok (IND) 73-75-76

227 - Loy Hee Ying 75-74-78

233 - Xhung Tingtu (TAI) 79-75-79

Team event:

301 - India (Trishul Chinnappa 77, 76, Aditi Ashok 73, 75)

318 - Indonesia (Kow Eiki 75, 76, Putri Aisyah Aman 83, 84)

332 - Taiwan (Min Suhuang 85, 85, Tzu Hanchen 81-81)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

2 Indonesian Juniors Challenge For Lead At 100Plus Malaysian Junior Open

KUALA LUMPUR: Indonesia’s Joshua Andrew Wirawan shot a par 72 to take second place in the Boy’s Under-18 and overall categories of the 100Plus Malaysian Junior Open held at the Saujana Golf and Country Club in Subang, yesterday. He's three shots behind Malaysia's Jeremiah Kim, who shot an impressive three-under-par 69, and another three strokes ahead of another Indonesian player, Kow Eiki.

In the Girl’s category, Dottie Ardina of the Philippines fired a sizzling five-under-par 67 to lead the Girl’s Under-18 and overall competitions.

In the team event, India led with a score of 150 points while Malaysia and Indonesia are in second and third position with 152 and 158 points respectively.

Malaysia make up the largest contingent at this year’s competition with 72 participants, followed by Singapore (18), Indonesia (9), Philippines (6), India (5), Bangladesh (3), Taiwan (3), Sri Lanka (2), South Korea (2), Mynmar (2), England (1) and Japan (1).