Aussies stamp their mark at CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters

Fri 03 May 2013

Aussies stamp their mark at CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters

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Jakarta, May 3: Australia, led by Scott Barr made their presence felt with five players finishing inside the top-10 after the second round of the US$750,000 CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters on Friday.
The full field Asian Tour event which has grown into Indonesia’s most prestigious international golf tournament presents the Australians with another opportunity to keep up their country’s proud record of having wins in Thailand, India, United States and Korea in the past two months.
Barr, playing in his 200th event on the Asian Tour and chasing his maiden win this week, trails second round leader Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand by two shots after signing for a four-under-par 68 to take second place at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club.
Wade Ormsby also signed for a 68 to take third place with Kieran Pratt, Jack Higginbottom and Scott Hend a further shot back in equal fourth alongside South Africa’s Ernie Els and Chinese Taipei’s Hung Chien-yao on six-under-par 138 total.
Barr, who is expecting another bundle of joy next week, believes the signs are pointing towards a victorious week for him even as he trails Thongchai by two.
“There are some good signs ahead of the weekend. As a golfer you want to be in the top position. I’ll go about my business as normal,” said Barr.
"I’ve been very comfortable with this course since I arrived here for the first time. To be honest, I only played nine holes in the practice round. I know the golf course well and once I got a feel for the greens, I felt like I was prepared enough,” said Barr.
Ormsby, meanwhile continued his solid run of form after earning his career breakthrough in India last month.
The 33-year-old led the field after the second round in Korea last week but was let down by his putting in the final round.
The Australian, however believes he is back in contention for his second win on the region’s premier Tour, which is celebrating its 10th season this year.
“I didn’t putt as well as I would have liked over the weekend in Korea last week but I managed to hit 15 greens on Sunday so I knew I was playing well,” said Ormsby.
“I worked extra hard on my putting and I’m now back to put myself in a good position,” added the Australian.
Pratt also remains in the hunt for his second Asian Tour win and he is convinced that his countrymen recent successes have provided them with the impetus to shine on the world stage.
“All Aussies seem to be playing well so far. I think we are feeding off each other’s success. It is good to see and hopefully I get to play with an Aussie tomorrow and continue to contend over the weekend,” said Pratt.
Ends.
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 971 offices all over Indonesia as at 31 March 2013, including 592 branches, 350 Mikro Laju units (including 21 outlets attached to a branch), and 50 cash/payment points. CIMB Niaga has more than 14,300 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 8 out of 10 ASEAN nations (Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Cambodia, Brunei, Vietnam, and Myanmar). 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 USD18.4 billion as at 31 March 2013. The Group has over 42,000 employees located in 17 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