Thursday, April 14, 2011

Strong Local Line-Up Primed For Indonesian Masters

Jakarta, April 12: A strong line-up of 24 Indonesian golfers will take on Asia’s creme de la creme and world number two Lee Westwood of England at the inaugural Indonesian Masters next week. The event also welcomes new partners including Coca Cola, Rolex, San Miguel, Casillero del Diablo, Toshiba, Brava Radio and Yahoo!

Asian Tour stalwart Rory Hie will spearhead the home challenge in the US$750,000 event from April 21-24, 2011 at the prestigious Royale Jakarta Golf Club alongside the nation’s rising stars, Andik Mauludin and Benny Kasiadi.

Four local amateurs will also enjoy the opportunity to compete in the Asian Tour’s newest tournament, which is positioned as Indonesia’s most prestigious golf tournament.

Kyi Hla Han, Executive Chairman, Asian Tour said: “The Indonesian Masters will present a great opportunity for Indonesia’s top players to compete against our finest stars such as Thongchai Jaidee, Gaganjeet Bhullar and Chapchai Nirat. “I believe the experience gained at the Indonesian Masters will be extremely beneficial to the Indonesian players as there is a lot of good talent in the country.”

Hie, who has competed on the Asian Tour over the past few seasons, said: “We have a lot of sponsors who are more interested in sponsoring golf tournaments now and this bodes well with the game in Indonesia. To have the world number two golfer play here is exceptional for the young players as well as the fans.”

Other Indonesian aspirants in the field include Burhan Bora, Ilyassyak, I. Nengah Dharma, Maan Nasim, Indra Hermawan, Hardjito, Asep Caprie, Effendi K, Hamzah Rachmadi, Junaidi Ibrahim, Sanusi, Sarmilih, A. Suganda, Hermen Tabusalla, Hendry Nasim, Johannes Dermawan, A. Aziz Hartanto.

With a week to go to the Indonesian Masters, the Royale Jakarta course is also getting itself in prime condition for its biggest professional golf tournament. The Royale Jakarta, located 15 minutes from Central of Jakarta, is designed by Bob Moore Jr. and JMP Group.

“The golf course preparation has been running smoothly over the past few months and we are ready to host the Indonesian Masters. It will be a fantastic week of golf and we expect the players to enjoy the challenge at Royale Jakarta,” said Royale Jakarta Golf Club Chief Operating Officer, George Chandra.

Ticket sales for the Indonesian Masters are available at where all proceeds will go towards Habitat for Humanity, which the event is partnering. The non-profit organisation builds homes for the underprivileged in Indonesia.

The Indonesian Masters is earmarked to become the country’s foremost golf championship, with plans to raise its prize fund and attract other international stars to Indonesia in the coming years.
Sponsors of the Indonesian Masters include Four Seasons Hotel, Royale Jakarta Golf Club, PNTS, Garuda Indonesia and Mercedes-Benz.

All the latest news from the Indonesian Masters is also available on The Indonesian Masters will be broadcast “live” over four rounds to over 130 countries worldwide, reaching over 400 million homes via the Asian Tour’s television platform.

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