Photo - Asian Tour. Left to Right - Benny Kasiadi, Scott Hend & Rory Hie.
LITTLE KNOWN BENNY HAS BIG DREAMS AT KARIZA CLASSIC
Jakarta, September 20: Local prospect Benny Kasiadi is gearing up to upstage the more experienced players at the Kariza Classic starting on Tuesday.
Benny, 23, will be eager to put on a good performance at the US$60,000 Asian Development Tour event at the Imperial Klub Golf in Jakarta, a venue where he had previously won as an amateur last year.
Fresh from turning professional in January, Benny hopes to enhance his skill on the Asian Development Tour as he seeks to fulfil his dream of playing on the Asian Tour.
“This is my first Asian Development Tour event this year and I feel I’m ready to challenge for honours as I’m more experienced after playing regularly on the local circuit,” said Benny, who has won once on the local circuit this year.
“I will definitely be playing in all the Asian Development Tour events next year if I’m eligible,” he added.
Benny revealed his father, Kasiadi, winner of the 1989 Indonesia Open, has inspired him to shoot for the stars. His father will also be contending this week.
“My dad has always inspired me and coached me. He gives me the motivation to excel as a professional and I hope to follow in his footsteps,” said Benny, who won the Bronze medal at the 2009 Southeast Asian Games.
The top-three players on the Asian Development Tour Order of Merit will earn their Asian Tour cards next season and the race for the three elusive tickets will continue this week where S. Sivachandran of Malaysia, currently leading the Order of Merit and Chinese Taipei’s Hsu Chia-jen, ranked second will vie to cement their standings.
Among other players who will converge at the inaugural tournament include Malaysia’s Airil Rizman, Nick Redfern of England, Zaw Moe of Myanmar and Korean T.J. Kim.
Airil, winner of the 2007 Pakistan Open, will be making a return to competitive golfing after a five-week break. He will put new golf clubs to use this week and hopes to make a push on the Order of Merit where he lies in seventh place.
“I’m feeling good and I hope I can have a strong finish towards the end of the year starting this week. My form is going in the right direction and I’m slowly picking up confidence and consistency,” said Airil, who lost his Asian Tour card last season.
“I will take whatever chance I have of making a push up the Order of Merit and it will be a bonus if I can finish in the top-three,” said the 32-year-old.
The experienced Moe, who has won once on the Asian Tour, is hoping to shrug off an injured arm as he aims for another strong finish.
“My left arm is hurting because of tendinitis but I’m still able to play. I have been playing through this pain for the past three weeks but it didn’t affect my game. It hurts more now but hopefully it will be better soon,” said the 43-year-old.
“I have been hitting the ball good and my game has been improving week by week. I have managed to put in reasonable four rounds and if my chipping and putting begin to click, I’m confident of doing well here,” said Moe, who finished top-10 at the Ballantine’s Championship in Chinese Taipei last month.