Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Texas Scramble Tournament at Pakuwon Golf & Family Club

Pakuwon Golf & Family Club is the perfect place to gather with your golf lovers.
This March, they are going to have a TEXAS SCRAMBLE TOURNAMENT that will be held on Friday, 16 March 2012 and Shot Gun at 6 PM.
There are several trophies in different categories:


Do your best to get the HOLE IN ONE, and win special prizes such as one year individual Pakuwon Golf Privilege Card and one Exclusive Golf Set.

GUEST:Rp. 415.000,-/PP
MEMBER:Rp. 332.000,-/PP

Entry fee includes Coffee Break, Buffet Dinner, Lucky Draw, Green Fee, Lighting Fee, Caddy Fee and Tax.

Join and get the privilege!
Information/reservation: call Pakuwon Golf & Family Club 031-739.0888 ext 342.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

24th Annual SPE Golf Tournament

It's that time of year again. You are invited to participate in the SPE Golf Tournament. The event is open to all, until full. The tournament format will be a TEXAS SCRAMBLE. Teams will be a drawn by the committee based on handicaps submitted. No team entries will be accepted. The purpose of this event is for all of us to have a great time and to raise money for the SPE Java Section Scholarship Fund.
We will play on two golf courses at Jagorawi. A Calcutta Auction of teams will be held at the Kristal Hotel, Satu Lagi.

Friday, April 27, 2012
TWO COURSES - Jagorawi Old and New Golf Courses
06:00 AM - Registration and Breakfast
07:00 AM - Shot Gun Start
12:30 PM - Lunch, and as always, numerous door prizes
Rp. 1,500,000 per person (includes Mulligan)

All registrations must be accompanied by cash or local check payable to “SPE Java Section” (no faxes). Bring the form and money to the Salamander Energy office at Suite 1502, Indonesia Stock Exchange Bldg, Tower 2, 15th Floor.
Attention: Ibu Ira Met Meiliana; Ph 62 21 5291 2900

Registration forms will be accepted starting Feb. 20, 2012 for SPE members only. Beginning Feb. 27, 2012 all applications will be accepted until the tournament is full. If full, then you will be placed on the stand by list. A Calcutta Auction will be held on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 at Hotel Kristal beginning at 6:30 PM. Proceeds from the Calcutta Auction will be divided as follows:
30%1st Place Team Buyer
20%2nd Place Team Buyer
15%3rd Place Team Buyer
10%4th Place Team Buyer
5%5th Place Team Buyer
20%Donation to SPE Section
Trophies will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th place teams. Handicaps should be your lowest recorded with any club or golfing group and will be used to decide whether you are an A, B, C, D, or E player.
Maximum handicap for men and women is 36, not 28.

For questions or sponsorship, contact: Bob Shearer -
Brad Sincock –

For The Love Of Golf

The February 2012 edition of The Jakarta Post Weekender is dedicated to golf.
The following articles can be read online:

Editor's Note
   Courses of Action
Said & Done
   What’s Your Handicap?
   Calling the Shots
   ‘I’m hard headed ... but I will say sorry’

Under Par

Indonesia still has a long way to go in joining the ranks of golfing tourism nations.

Tourism is a serious business: Not only is it one of the world’s fastest-growing and largest industries, it’s also a major employer and important source of foreign exchange income. In short, tourism is an important driver of economic progress, which is why governments around the world work so hard to attract tourists.

And then there is the important subsector of golf tourism. Global golf tourism is a US$20 billion business, thanks to the approximately 50 million golf tourists around the world.

So since Indonesia is home to about 160 golf courses, you’d expect that we’d be enjoying a sizeable slice of the golf tourism pie, wouldn’t you? And yet, we’re not.

In fact, according to the Asia Golf Tourism Report by Paul Myers from Asian Travel Media, Bangkok, released last October, Indonesia isn’t even getting the crumbs.

According to the report, Thailand is the regional leader in inbound golf tourism, followed by Malaysia and then China. Thailand’s position at the top is attributed to its decade-long efforts in diligently and consistently marketing its high-quality yet affordable golf offering. What’s more, golf tourism in Thailand has the support of major players in the country’s tourism industry, such as the Tourist Authority of Thailand, regional tourism promotion offices, Thai Airways and the private sector, including (golf) tour and travel operators and the hotel industry.

According to figures released by the Tourist Authority of Thailand in November, about 600,000 of the 19 million foreign tourists expected to visit the country this year will be coming to play golf. That makes Thailand the third most popular golf destination in the world. Spain, with one million golfers a year, is the world’s number one golf tourism magnet, with Britain a strong second.

And golf tourism is a lucrative segment of the industry: On average, golf tourists spend three times as much as other tourists. The typical foreign golfer spends an estimated US$3,300 on a golf trip to Thailand, which, according to Tourist Authority of Thailand forecasts, translates to a value of US$2 billion in 2012.

To grow tourist arrivals, next to perfect infrastructure and interesting and clean and well maintained tourist sites, a constant update and/or introduction of new tourist attractions is needed. In Asia, Singapore is the prime example for continuously updating its tourism product. By putting in place the Singapore Flyer, Resort World Sentosa and Marina Bay Sands, to name just a few, the island state was able to attract more than 10 million visitors in 2011.

There is less information on Malaysia, but it is estimated to attract just over 100,000 foreign golfers a year, generating annual foreign currency income of more than US$250 million. As for China, although most golfers there come from the emerging middle and upper class, diligent global marketing is attracting increasing numbers of golfers from other countries to China’s fabulous courses, especially to the renowned Mission Hills in southern China where golfers can play 12 courses in the one region.

The report also mentions golf tourism developments by other countries in Southeast Asia. In Vietnam, where, in the past five years, more than 50 courses have been opened or started to be built, inbound golf tourism to Vietnam is estimated to attract about 10,000 foreign golfers a year. Even Laos is attracting thousands of golfers, despite having only four major golf resorts, whereas Cambodia, like Vietnam, has outsourced its golf tourism marketing to American-owned companies.

What About Indonesia?

And what did this new and important report on golf tourism in Asia have to say about Indonesia?

Absolutely nothing.

This may come as a surprise to those fortunate enough to be familiar with Indonesia’s fabulous world of golf and leisure. But it was no surprise to me.

After all, for many years – ever since I started Golf Promo Indonesia and in 1998 – I have unsuccessfully sought to convince stakeholders in the local golf and tourism industries to join forces to promote Indonesia to the world as a golf tourism destination. But bringing together our golf industry and our national and regional tourism promotion offices has turned out to “mission impossible”.

This is truly a wasted opportunity, when Indonesia’s golf tourism products equal or surpass those of our neighbors in so many ways.

Our golf courses and facilities are just as good as those in Thailand, Malaysia or China. We even have our own version of “Mission Hills” – Jakarta’s Jagorawi toll road gives easy access to 17 fabulous courses. Golf courses here were designed by the best in the business and are located in stunning natural settings. They are accessible, high quality and well maintained. They are managed in a highly professional manner and are ready to welcome even the most spoiled golf traveler. Most club houses are of five-star quality, and the amenities on offer are exemplary.

Then there are our caddies, who are in a class of their own: They’re pretty, friendly and, most importantly, they are very knowledgeable. What’s more, they are proficient in English and fun to be with.

What’s more, weekday golf in Indonesia is relatively inexpensive (with the exception of Bali), and a golf ztrip can be nicely combined with the riches of leisure, art and culture on offer here, all supported by the nation’s world-class hospitality industry and famous “friendly smile”.

Nevertheless, Indonesia is completely unknown as a world-class golf destination. The golf and tourism industries are missing out on a potentially highly lucrative opportunity, and it’s their own fault.

There is no real solidarity among the owners and managers of golf courses here, despite golf associations and regular meetings to discuss daily business. Rather, they are too busy competing with each other to join together to attract some of those 50 million golf tourists and, in doing so, add significant revenue to their business.

Despite having had a golfer at its helm, the tourism ministry appears to have no idea of how golf could contribute to tourism in Indonesia; this ignorance is reflected in regional tourism promotion offices such as the Jakarta Tourism Promotion Office (JTPO), which show no interest in working with local stakeholders to let the world know about Jakarta’s fabulous world of golf. To be fair, the JTPO did commission a “Road map for Indonesia golf” – but from a UK company, as if those in the Indonesian golf industry don’t have the knowledge to contribute.

It is unforgivable that Indonesia does not get a mention in the important report on golf tourism in Asia. That golf in Indonesia is a valuable tourism asset seems blindingly obvious – as does the suggestion that we should capitalize on this asset by promoting it to the world.

Now surely is the time for the main players in Indonesia’s golf and tourism industries to come together with the tourism ministry and the regional tourism boards of Jakarta, Surabaya and Bali to create a sustainable golf tourism strategy that will secure Indonesia’s position as one of Asia’s most attractive golf destinations. If not, Indonesia will continue to languish as merely a “world-class golf destination in waiting”.


Thursday, February 23, 2012

Nirwana Bali Golf Members & Guests Golf Tournament

Sunday, February 26st 2012
Members & Guests Golf Tournament at Nirwana Bali Golf Club.
Shotgun start at 13.00hrs.

Hole in one prizes are 1 unit Mazda 2 1,5 L sm/t, Off the road
Return air ticket DPS-SIN-DPS sponsored by Garuda Indonesia

and many other prizes to be won.

For more information please contact:
Nirwana Bali Golf Club, tel +62 361 815900 fax +62 361 812151

No Charge For Golf Gear On Garuda Flights

In a bid to boost sports tourism in the country, national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia will not charge passengers who bring sporting equipment while flying with the airline, president director Emirsyah Satar said in Jakarta on Tuesday.

“This is our strategy to promote sports tourism so that we can attract more tourists who want to play golf, surf, or cycle in the country,” Emirsyah said on the sidelines of a promotion agreement signing with the tourism and creative economy ministry.

He said that the free baggage charge will be effective for three years with the possibility for an extension.

Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Mari Elka Pangestu welcomed Garuda’s strategy, as sports tourism in Indonesia is expected to develop further this year.

“People love playing golf and bicycling in Indonesia because we have beautiful scenery to enjoy,” Mari said.

According to Mari, West Sumatra, North Sumatra, West Java and Bali are potential areas for sports tourism.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

3rd Revo Coca-Cola Golf Carnival 12-13 May 2012

The 3rd Revo Coca – Cola Golf Carnival is back, save the date and sign up now before the slots is fully booked!


12-13 May 2012


Ria Bintan, Ocean Course


System 36, Modified - Stroke Play

ENTRY FEE (Per Golfer) $339 (twin-share)/$399 (single room)

Entry fee includes:
  • Return ferry tickets
  • Cocktail receotion & Night Carnival on 12h May
  • Goodie Bag
  • 1 night stay at Ria Golf Lodge/Nirwana Resort Hotel with breakfast
  • 1 ournd of golf tournament on 13th May
  • Prize presentation luncheon

Hole-In-One IDR 50,000,000 & many attractive prizes to be won!

Spend an evening under the stars at the night carnival featuring a fizzilicious fashion fiesta & ake part in carbonated action packed challenges that you have never encountered before!

Download the Entry Form or contact Ria Bintan Jakarta Sales Office at +6221 571 1137 or email

Titleist Advance Fitting Program Now Available In Indonesia

Golf is all about confidence, in your game and your equipment. That’s why Titleist designs the highest performing equipment and offers the most precise club fitting experience in the game. Titleist’s approach to fitting begins with a unique understanding of players’ performance needs born from working with PGA Tour players, PGA Professionals and amateurs serious about getting better. Their highly skilled team of fitters utilizes the most advanced tools to help players optimize driver performance, make iron play more precise, dial in their wedges and fine-tune set compositions.

With this program, you will have the opportunity to have one on one session with their fitting expert, Brendan Green, who can evaluate and give a proper recommendation for purchasing a new clubs in a more accurate way. At these sessions, Brendan will use the latest technology of Trackman launch monitor which accurately tracks the ball from the time it's struck to when it lands. Trackman also provides launch angle, spin rate, clubhead speed, ball speed and descending/landing angle. In conjunction with Trackman, Brendan will also use our SureFit Fitting Cart, complete with the 910 range of products including the D2 and D3 driver models, fairways and hybrids. Also in the cart we have the latest AP1, AP2, CB and MB iron models.

If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, get in contact with them today to find out when the next Advanced Fitting Day will be held.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Rory, Foreign Stars Confirm Places In Indonesia Open

Jakarta globe, 15 February 2012 - Rory Hie will try to pick up where he left off last year in the 2012 Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open, slated for March 22-25 at the Emeralda Golf Club in Cimanggis, Bogor.

The local golf star finished just one shot behind winner Thaworn Wiratchant, who has confirmed he will defend his title in the $1 million tournament, the most lucrative such event in the country.

“I was pleased with my performance in the tournament last year,” said Rory, 23. “But it was the past and the result won’t be counted.”

After that impressive performance in the tournament, which was sanctioned by the OneAsia tour, Rory went on to win the Tangshan China PGA Championship — an Asian Tour event — in September to become the first Indonesian golfer to win an international tournament outside his home country.

“I want to improve, though I know that Emeralda will pose great challenges,” he said. “I’m sure everyone will play their best, so it will be tough.”

The Indonesia Open is this year’s OneAsia circuit opener. Also confirmed to play is Andre Stolz, an Australian who won OneAsia’s Order of Merit last year.

This year will be the first of a three-year deal between OneAsia and the Japan Golf Tour Organization to joint-sanction the tournament, the first time the two have cooperated as such.

“With the two bodies joining forces, I believe more world-class golfers will come to play in the Indonesia Open,” Indonesia Golf Association vice chairman H.M.P. Simatupang said. “That will only benefit local golfers and fans.”

Enjoy Jakarta, the local tourism authority which promotes the capital’s attractions, will also step up its involvement in the tournament by becoming the title sponsor following years of co-sponsorship.

The Indonesia Open has been staged since 1974 and is the country’s oldest golf tournament. It’s one of 14 tournaments on the OneAsia circuit this year, which boasts an overall purse of $16 million.

Indonesian Golfers' Skill Improves Significantly

JAKARTA, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) - Indonesia sees its golfers' skill improving significantly, thanks to many tournaments they have joined, training and programs developed by the Indonesian Golf Association, an executive told Xinhua in an exclusive interview on Wednesday.

Patrick Feizal Joyce, vice president of the World Sport Group, Asia's leading sports marketing agency, said that supports from golf course that allow them to practice certainly sharpens their skill.

"I think every year the more tournaments we do in Indonesia and the more other international tournaments like Asian Tour, Asian PG Tour, the more chance they get to develop. As players, they need international competition and they need more local tournaments," said Joyce.

According to Joyce, in the Indonesia Open scheduled on March 22-25 in Emeralda Golf Course in southern Jakarta, Indonesian players are expected to play well.

"I think in this year's Indonesia Open, you'll see some good performances from some Indonesian golfers. Obviously, Rory (Hie) is number one Indonesian player right now. He is by far the best (Indonesian) performer in international level. He is playing very well. But, I think some other guys also improve in the game, especially some younger guys," he said.

He also said that support from golf courses significantly improves their performance.

"And also because support from Emeralda Golf Course which allows them to play and practice regularly, they have advantage over foreign players because they know the golf course very well. That should help them. I think they will get good chances. I don't know whether Indonesians will win but you'll see some good performances," said Joyce, adding that some 5-7 professionals play and practice a lot almost every day in the golf course.

Joyce also said that he sees improvement in junior players.

"I think guys like Andik Mauludin is capable of playing well even though sometime he plays very well and sometimes not so great. If Andik is playing well, he is going to have a good chance," said Joyce.

He said that even amateurs improve their skill significantly.

"I think the amateurs perform well through the PGI programs. I think you'll see couple amateurs perform well," he said.

He also said that some old players are expected to play well.

"Yohanes Darmawan, he knows Emeralda very well. He is finished second in the tournament in the last Mercedes Tour. So, he should know how to play in the golf course," he said.

Joyce shares view with Rory Hie, the top Indonesian golfer about the biggest enemy of golfers,

"Yes, the biggest enemy is themselves. When you play golf, the only person you're really competing is yourself. You cannot try outdoing what the competitors are doing. It's you, your clubs, your golf ball, and the golf course. You can only control what you do. You can't control what anybody else does. Strong wind only makes you change your strategy. You still (have to) hit the golf shot," he said.

Enjoy Jakarta Becomes Title Sponsor of Indonesia Open

Jakarta, February 15 - Enjoy Jakarta have further committed their relationship to the Indonesia Open this year by returning to the position of title sponsor of the celebrated event, to be played at the beautiful Emeralda Golf Club from March 22 to 25.

The US$1 million Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open is the inaugural event of OneAsia’s season and this year is jointly sanctioned with the Japan Golf Tour Organisation for the first time as part of an historic three-year relationship.

Defending champion Thaworn Wiratchant from Thailand, reigning OneAsia Order of Merit winner Andre Stolz from Australia, Japanese star Shingo Katayama and Indonesia number one Rory Hie -- who finished joint runner-up last year -- have all confirmed their participation.

Enjoy Jakarta, a government tourism portal that promotes the Indonesian capital’s vast attractions, have been the presenting sponsor for the past two years, but with the continued growth and success of the tournament they have stepped up their involvement.

“These are exciting times for golf in our region and so we at Enjoy Jakarta are thrilled to be continuing our relationship with Indonesia’s national Open,” said His Excellency Dr. Ing H. Fauzi Bowo, Governor of Jakarta.

“We first became involved with the tournament in 2005 and we feel it is a natural progression to elevate to title sponsor. We have witnessed some memorable finishes to the Indonesia Open over the past few seasons and through this we have been able to achieve outstanding coverage.

“We have no doubt that the exposure will be even greater this year as the tournament becomes part of OneAsia and the Japan Golf Tour Organisation,” added Dr. Fauzi.

The Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open is one of 14 tournaments on the OneAsia circuit this year, boasting an overall purse of US$16 million.

Apart from Indonesia, the suite of elite tournaments includes four other prestigious national Opens -- Australia, China, Korea and Thailand.

The Indonesia Open was first played in 1974 when the legendary Ben Arda of the Philippines won the title. Arda, the first Filipino to play in the U.S. Masters, was followed into the winner’s circle by several greats of the game including American Payne Stewart (1981) and Frank Nobilo from New Zealand (1994 and 1997).

“We are delighted that everything is now in place for this year’s Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open,” said Arifin Panigoro, President of the Indonesian Golf Association (PGI). “We have a great sponsor and an outstanding venue -- plus a bright future now that we are part of OneAsia and the Japan Golf Tour.

The prestige of the Indonesia Open has been further boosted by Emeralda Golf Club agreeing to host it. The beautiful course in the south of greater Jakarta last hosted the tournament 2006, when victory went to Englishman Simon Dyson.

The club boasts two courses, one designed by Arnold Palmer and the other by Jack Nicklaus. It also hosted the Asian Matchplay Championship in 1996 and Alfred Dunhill Masters in 1995.

“Emeralda Golf lub is no stranger to staging top class professional tournaments,” said Wahyu Afandi Harun, President Director of PT Karabha Digdaya and a representative of Emeralda.

“We are particularly pleased to be hosting the Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open for the second time which allows us to do so much to help develop professional golf in our country.”

The strong field competing this year reflects the strength in depth of OneAsia, which was founded in 2009 by the China Golf Association, the PGA of Australia, the Korea Golf Association and the Korea Golf Tour.

“The Enjoy Jakarta Indonesia Open starts our 2012 season and we are extremely grateful to Enjoy Jakarta for their support,” said Sang Y. Chun, OneAsia’s Chairman & Commissioner.

“This is OneAsia’s fourth season and we are thrilled to be able to boast our strongest-ever schedule. This is made possible thanks to the support of Enjoy Jakarta and the PGI,” he added.

All OneAsia tournaments have the benefit of being broadcast on a truly global television platform that includes ESPN Star Sports across Asia, Korea’s SBS television, ONE World Sports in the US, and SuperSport in Africa.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

SBM ITB Charity Golf Tournament


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SBM-ITB 7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

teeing off soon !


Damai Indah Golf Course, Pantai Indah Kapuk

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Sunday, 19 February 2012

- 6 am -
Opening Ceremony " MURI Record : First DOMINO Golf in Indonesia"
by Arifin Panigoro ( President of PGI )
- 7 am -
Tee Off ( Shotgun )
- 13.30-
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Legend Believes Golf Can Grow In RI

Laura Macintosh, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta - Golfing legend Nick Faldo believes that his beloved sport can make it big in Indonesia. The six-time major winner recently told The Jakarta Post that he felt positive about the potential for the success of golf, which was formerly viewed as an “elitist” sport in many Southeast Asian countries.

“I am particularly optimistic about the enthusiasm [for golf] in Southeast Asia and places like Indonesia where we can measure the growth and interest in the sport,” Faldo said.

The Englishman is not all talk. Faldo is responsible for founding the Faldo Series in 1996, in which 37 tournaments are held in 27 countries for over 5,000 up-and-coming golfers participating each year.

The series, which includes an Asian tour, aims to give aspiring golfers under 21 years of age competition and travel opportunities that they would often be otherwise unable to afford. As well as competitive experience, the participants and their parents are given mentoring sessions, to help them with the mental pressures of competitive and professional sports.

Through not only the Faldo Series, but also Faldo Design golf courses, which are being established throughout Southeast Asia, Faldo hopes to not only grow the game, but the opportunities that being involved in it can provide.

“I support the efforts of those introducing this game to new golfers on all levels,” Faldo says, “and through the Series in particular, with the help of our partners … we look to offer proper opportunities to the depth of talent we are seeing from new regions of the world.”

Faldo admits that the golfing world is entirely different now to when he was trying to break onto the scene.

“There are different opportunities and instruction and technology to improve your game,” he explained. “There are agents and marketing partnerships and swing coaches. In the end it is all about practice and focus and dedication and taking advantage of all the clubs in your bag, so to speak.”

The golfing great believes that the sport he is so passionate about needs to be made accessible to more people of all ages, because of the lessons such as sportsmanship and social skills can translate to all areas of life.

“There is always room to introduce the game to more people of all ages,” Faldo insists. “Making courses accessible and sharing the stories of role model players will inspire some [people to take up the game].”

The Indonesian leg of the Faldo Series was held at the Damai Indah Golf Course in Jakarta in January earlier this year, with the final scheduled at the Mission Hills Golf Club in Shenzhen, China, from March 14-16.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Indonesia Open Signifies Start Of Historic OneAsia Japan Relationship

Jakarta, February 1, 2012:
In a landmark development for professional golf in the region, this year’s Indonesia Open will be joint sanctioned by OneAsia and the Japan Golf Tour Organization (JGTO).

The US$1 million tournament will be played from March 22 to 25 and it will signify the first time the two bodies have jointly sanctioned an event together.

The importance of the occasion will be added to as the Indonesia Open will raise the curtain on both the OneAsia and JGTO seasons.

Emeralda Golf Club, located just outside Jakarta, will host the tournament which will see the leading players from each circuit compete.

The tie up between OneAsia and the JGTO is part of three-year arrangement for the Indonesia Open. A press conference will be held shortly in Jakarta to announce sponsorship details.

OneAsia will feature at least 14 events this year with an overall purse of nearly US$16 million.

The Indonesia Open is one of five national Opens on its’ schedule along with those of Australia, China, Korea and Thailand.

“This is a wonderful development for OneAsia which since our launch in 2009 has aimed to build a circuit that brings together the whole of the Asia Pacific region. We have enjoyed excellent growth with the support of our founding members the PGA of Australia, the China Golf Association, the Korea Golf Tour and the Korea Golf Association, and we look forward to developing this further through this new relationship with the Japan Golf Tour Organization,” said Mr Sang Y. Chun, Commissioner and Chairman, OneAsia.

News of the joint sanctioning comes on the back of the recent announcement that OneAsia will boast three new events this year, the China Classic, the Guangzhou Open and the PGA Championship of Malaysia.

“Not only are we trying to create more playing opportunities for players in the Asia-Pacific region but we are also ensuring that we are able to offer a top-tier platform of elite events that will allow our region’s golfers to make an even greater impression on the world stage. Joint sanctioning the Indonesia Open for the next three years with our friends on the Japan Golf Tour Organization is certainly one extremely effective way of achieving this objective,” added Chun.

All OneAsia tournaments have the benefit of being broadcast on a truly global television platform that includes ESPN Star Sports across Asia, Korea’s SBS television, ONE World Sports, the leading Asia-Pacific focused sports network in the US, and across Africa on SuperSport.

“On behalf of the Japan Golf Tour Organization and its members, I would like to extend our most sincere appreciation to those who made it possible for our Tour and the players to participate in this traditionally rich tournament. We, at the JGTO, have long sought opportunities to establish our presence in the Asian region and this invitation to participate in the Indonesia Open is most appreciated since it will provide our players with playing opportunities prior to the beginning of our official Tour calendar,” said Tadashi Koizumi, Chairman, Japan Golf Tour Organization.

“We are certain that the success of this tournament will bring professional golf in Japan and Asia closer, and we look forward to establishing a mutually beneficial working relationship with the professional golf bodies in the Asian region,” added Koizumi.

Three Japanese players, Masaya Tomida, Koichi Kitamura and Masao Nakajima, were among the 20 golfers to secure their OneAsia cards at the recent OneAsia Qualifying School in Sabah, Malaysia.

A host of Japanese players also competed in last year’s Indonesia Open, including Shigeki Maruyama and Hideto Tanihara, which was a strong indication of the interest being shown in OneAsia by players from The Land of the Rising Sun.

“We welcome this initiative for the Indonesia Open which will definitely lead to a stronger field and greater global television coverage. It is a development that allows us to further raise the profile of our national Open and start a new chapter in its rich history,” said Arifin Panigoro, Chairman of Indonesia Golf Association (PGI).

The Indonesia Open was first played in 1974 when the legendary Ben Arda of the Philippines won the title. Arda, the first Filipino to play in the US Masters, was followed into the winner’s circle by several greats of the game including American Payne Stewart (1981) and Frank Nobilo from New Zealand (1994 and 1997).

The tournament became part of OneAsia in 2010 when New Zealand’s Michael Hendry was victorious.

Last year Thailand’s Thaworn Wiratchant triumphed to claim his first title on OneAsia. The victory also marked his second success in the event as he triumphed in 2005 and was the 15th international victory of his illustrious career.