TOUR SET FOR CRESCENDO AT MERCEDES-BENZ MASTERS INDONESIA
Jakarta: The Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia will be the focus of attention this year on the Mercedes-Benz Tour as for the first time it has been positioned as the prestigious season-ending Tour Championship.
The tournament will be played at Emeralda Golf and Country Club, just outside Jakarta, from October 27 to 30 and boast prize money of US$80,000.
Only the top-60 players from Mercedes-Benz Tour Order of Merit after the penultimate event on Tour are eligible to play in the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia - an event that acts as a reward to those players who have performed with distinction during the year.
Players are guaranteed prize money as no halfway cut is made. The Mercedes-Benz Masters Vietnam, the second from last event of the season, was played two weeks ago meaning players from the current Merit list gain entry into the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia.
Filipino Juvic Pagunsan presently leads the Merit list ahead of Thailand’s Chawalit Plaphol and third place Nicholas Fung - the Malaysian who claimed the Vietnam tournament which was a Match play event.
All the top players are expected to compete at Emeralda Golf and Country Club as they bid to win the Mercedes-Benz Tour Order of Merit title. The winner will receive a cheque for US$13,000.
In addition, another incentive is that the leading six on the final Merit list otherwise not exempt will earn places in November’s US$6million Barclays Singapore Open.
“We are delighted that the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia has been selected as this year’s Tour Championship. This is the third year of the tournament and with Indonesia being one of the exciting new frontiers of golf in Southeast Asia, Mercedes-Benz feel it is fitting to bring the season to an exciting conclusion here,” said Rudi Borgenheimer, President & CEO Mercedes-Benz Indonesia.
The Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia was the season-opening event in 2008 when Singaporean Lam Chih Bing took the title. Last year Thailand’s Kwanchai Tannin was triumphant. A total of 10 events are on this year’s Mercedes-Benz Tour schedule.
“We are looking to build upon the success of last year’s Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia and stage an event that will once again be one of the highlights of the season on the Mercedes-Benz Tour,” added Borgenheimer.
The Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia will once again be sanctioned by the PGPI and provide a great opportunity for Indonesia’s professional golfers to experience playing top level international golf.
The country’s leading golfers such as Mauludin Andik, Rory Hie and Sarmilih KZ will lead the local challenge.
Tournament organizers have also invited 12 top amateurs from the ASEAN region to compete to allow them to gain invaluable experience playing with Tour professionals.
“There is a lot at stake at the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia. Not only the pride of winning the tournament but also the final Mercedes-Benz Tour Order Merit list positions are at stake and qualification into the Barclays Singapore Open. It promises to be a truly engaging week of golf to watch,” said A.C. Wong, Executive Chairman, Mercedes-Benz Tour.
This will mark the third successive season the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia has been played at Emeralda Golf and Country Club.
The Club hosted the Indonesia Open in 2006, the Asian Matchplay Championship in 1996 and the 1995 Alfred Dunhill Masters.
“Emeralda Golf and Country Club is no stranger to staging top class professional tournaments. We are particularly pleased to be hosting the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia for the third year in a row as the tournament and the Tour are doing so much to help develop professional golf in our country,” said Wahyu Afandi Harun, President Director of PT Karabha Digdaya, Representative from Emeralda Golf and Country Club.
Located in greater Jakarta the club boasts two courses one designed by Arnold Palmer the other by Jack Nicklaus. The Palmer course will be used for the Mercedes-Benz Masters Indonesia.