Arnond wants to erase 'silly mistakes' at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters

Tue 30 Apr 2013

Arnond wants to erase 'silly mistakes' at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters

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Jakarta, April 30: Thai rising star Arnond Vongvanij wants to keep the ‘silly mistakes’ off his scorecard when he vies for a second Asian Tour title at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters which starts on Thursday.
The pint-sized golfer will search for honours against an elite field which includes four-time Major champion Ernie Els of South Africa, three-time Order of Merit winner Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand and 2011 Open Championship winner Darren Clarke of Northern Ireland.
Arnond was the joint halfway leader in the last week’s Asian Tour event in Korea but eventually finished in tied 26th place. He hopes to learn from that experience and bounce back in the third edition of the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters.
“I learnt a lot last week. Being in contention in Korea gave me a perspective of what I need to do when I’m in contention in a big event. I just made easy mistakes which I shouldn’t have. This week, I’m going to focus and be more careful so I don’t make silly mistakes,” said the 24-year-old.
Playing at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club will bring back some fond memories for Arnond, who was two shots off the lead in the first round before settling for tied 27th.
“I played quite well here on the first day so I’m looking forward to this week. Like any other course, you need to hit a lot fairways and greens,” he said.
He won his first Asian Tour title at the 2012 King’s Cup on home soil last year but admits that he has been trying to cope with the pressure to win his second Asian Tour victory.
“I was putting too much pressure on myself to do well. That didn’t work out too well because I started to get too tense. I wasn’t enjoying the game as much and I didn’t get the results which I wanted. I’m just trying to enjoy the game and have fun,” said Arnond.
“I’ve started to enjoy the game again after Chiangmai. I played well in Chiangmai and in the Philippines but I didn’t make any putts. I continued to play well in Korea so it shows that my game plan is coming along pretty good.”
Thongchai, holder of three Order of Merit titles and winner of the 2009 Indonesian Open, finished tied sixth in Korea on Sunday and hopes to carry the momentum into the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters.
“It will be very challenging but I have a good chance to win this tournament. I’m going to try to win it. I always enter a tournament with the thought that I can win. I guess that’s the key to my success so far,” said Thongchai, a 13-time Asian Tour champion.
He is wary of the strong challenges this week especially from the upcoming Thai stars. “The young Thais are playing well. It is good for my country. They have been performing well in the big events and you see them on the leaderboard almost every week. It is a good thing.”
George Gandranata, an Asian Development Tour (ADT) regular, wants to put the pressure of performing in front of his home crowd to his advantage.
“Pressure is always there whenever you play professional golf. The hardest pressure usually comes from yourself. I learnt from my rookie year that pressure is pressure so whatever you do, it will always be there. My goal this week is to do as well as I can. A top-10 finish will be a great goal for me,” said Gandranata.
He believes the stature of the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters will help elevate and promote tourism in the country.
“It means a lot to play at home. I’m thankful these guys (Ernie Els and Darren Clarke) are here. They will help expose golf not only in Indonesia but to the world. They will show that Indonesia is a golfing destination and that we have fantastic courses here. It will be good for the game and everyone,” said Gandranata.
John Daly of the United States withdrew from the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters due to a family matter. He apologises to both fans and sponsors and hopes to be able to visit Indonesia in the future.
The CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters will host two golf clinics for the public on May 4 (Saturday) and May 5 (Sunday) at 12 noon. There will also be a Trick Golf Performance by Paul Barrington at 3pm on Friday at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.
About CIMB Niaga
CIMB Niaga was established as Bank Niaga in 1955. CIMB Group holds around 97.94% of the stakes in CIMB Niaga. The Bank offers a comprehensive suite of both conventional and Islamic banking products and services, through an expanding delivery channel network of 974 offices all over Indonesia as at 31 December 2012, including 590 branches, 330 Mikro Laju units, and 54 cash/payment points. CIMB Niaga has more than 14,200 employees.
CIMB Niaga encourages people to share high growth and take advantage of all the potential that South-East Asia regions bring – in line with CIMB Group’s brand positioning: “ASEAN for You”.
CIMB Group is Malaysia’s second largest financial services provider and one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. It offers consumer banking, investment banking, Islamic banking, asset management and insurance products and services. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in 9 out of 10 ASEAN nations (Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Brunei, Vietnam, Myanmar and Philippines). Beyond ASEAN, the Group has market presence in China, Hong Kong, Bahrain, India, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Australia, the US, UK and Korea. CIMB Group is listed on Bursa Malaysia via CIMB Group Holdings Berhad. It has a market capitalisation of USD18.6 billion as at 31 December 2012. The Group has over 43,000 employees located in 18 countries.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), BlackBerry (Official Communications Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.