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KARIZA CLASSIC TO FEATURE ON ASIAN DEVELOPMENT TOUR
Jakarta, April 28: The Kariza Classic will become the first Asian Development Tour event to be staged in Indonesia this July, officials announced today.
The US$60,000 Kariza Classic will take place at the impressive Gary Player-designed Sentul Highlights Golf Club in Bogor, West Java from July 21 to 24.
Indonesia’s leading players Sarmilih KZ, Junaidi Ibrahim and Ilyassyak will spearhead the local challenge against the region’s rising stars such as Malaysia’s Akmal Tarmizee, Singapore’s Quincy Quek and Myanmar’s Aung Win, who currently leads the Order of Merit.
Ria Prawiro, President Director of P.T. Kariza Viratama, who will also act as the Tournament Chairman, said: “It is my great delight and pleasure to accept the Asian Tour’s offer to support the Asian Development Tour.
“It is a wonderful opportunity for us to further elevate the prestige of professional golfers in Indonesia. Through our mutual agreement, the Asian Development Tour will provide 60 spots for our local professionals to compete in the Kariza Classic. This will present a strong platform for our local stars to compete against an international field in the Kariza Classic.”
The tournament will be staged at the 6,530-meter golf course designed by golf legend Player and will attract players from no fewer than 20 different nationalities.
Other Indonesian golfers who will compete in the Kariza Classic include the country’s leading stalwarts Maan Nasim, Andik Mauludin, Ilyassyak and Rory Hie.
The Asian Tour, which is the official sanctioning body for professional golf in the region, launched the Asian Development Tour early this year with the intention of creating a platform for young and aspiring professionals to hone their game and skills.
The Air Bagan Myanmar Masters presented by IBTC marked the launch of the Asian Development Tour, which is designed along the lines of the Nationwide Tour in the United States and European Challenge Tour.
Several other tournaments in Malaysia, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia and Bangladesh are in the pipeline for the 2010 season.
Asian Tour Executive Chairman Kyi Hla Han said: “One of the key objectives of the Asian Development Tour is to create a sustainable platform for the region’s emerging players to compete and sharpen their games.
“We are looking forward to our first visit to Bogor for the Kariza Classic and I would like to express our fullest appreciation to P.T. Kariza Viratama for its outstanding support as the event’s title sponsor.
“There is an abundance of talent available in Indonesia and we are confident that through these playing opportunities, the local players will have a chance to excel and display their talents.”
The top-three players on the Asian Development Tour Order of Merit will gain exemptions into the Asian Tour at the end of the season.