Baby Joy Keeps Karmis Going

Thu 13 Dec 2012

Baby Joy Keeps Karmis Going

Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia, December 13: The thought of being a father has kept Peter Karmis’ mind at ease as he tries to retain his Asian Tour card for 2013 at the US$2 million Iskandar Johor Open.

The South African, whose wife is six months pregnant, opened his campaign at the Asian Tour’s season-finale with a solid five-under-67, giving him a huge boost of moving three places higher from his current Order of Merit position of 63rd.

He trails clubhouse leader Unho Park by two shots but was slightly disappointed his wife Julie, who often travels with him to Asian Tour events, was not present to watch her husband make a charge on the leaderboard before the first round was abandoned due to inclement weather.

“My wife and I are so excited,” said Karmis on his wife’s pregnancy. “She is six months pregnant and her tummy is big. Honestly, I’m grateful to be able to play in this event but I can’t wait to go back and see my wife.”

Karmis endured a dip in form since earning a dream victory at the 2010 ISPS Handa Singapore Classic but he insists that it has not dampened his spirit as he is focused on breaking inside the top-60 mark on the Order of Merit to earn full playing rights on the Asian Tour next year.

“I’ve been working hard this year and deserve some sort of result for the effort that I’ve put in. Sometimes when you invest in your game, the returns don’t come immediately,” he said.

“I’ve tried my best the whole year. If I do my best then there’s nothing more I can do. For this week, I’m trying to relax and go with the flow. I played well so I’m in a decent position,” Karmis added.

Playing from the back nine, the amiable South African turned in 35 and fired birdies on holes two and four before sinking a superb 20-foot chip-in birdie on seventh. He marked another birdie immediately on eight to sign off on a high note.

“When you hit a lot of good shots, there are a lot of good opportunities to score. I chipped in on seven. I was pretty much dead. I hit it straight at the flag and it went over the green. I thought to myself that I had a pretty tough chip but holed it!” he smiled.

The Iskandar Johor Open is presented by Iskandar Waterfront Holdings Sdn Bhd, which is a government-linked company specifically incorporated to take on the role of master developer of prime waterfront properties in Johor Bahru.




About Iskandar Waterfront Holdings SDN BHD (IWH)

IWH is a government-linked company that was specifically incorporated to serve as the master developer of over 3,000-acres of prime waterfront land in Johor Bahru. The crown in the jewel of this integrated development will be Danga Bay. The master plan envisages six other components – The Gateway comprising two identical 34-storey residential blocks linked at the top by a skywalk; a landscaped riverside development known as The Venice; Danga Heights, which is set become Johor Bahru’s newest uptown lifestyle address; a high-end mixed development called Tebrau Coast on the eastern corridor of Johor Bahru; and JB Tanjung Puteri Waterfront, a commercial mixed development straddling both sides of the Causeway to Singapore. IWH is also developing a Marina & Beach Resort @ Desaru.


About The Iskandar Johor Open

The Iskandar Johor Open is one of the fastest-growing tournaments on the Asian Tour, and has attracted some of the best golfers in the world. The event was successfully staged at the Royal Johor Country Club for the first three years, and at Horizon Hills Golf and Country Club in 2010 and 2011.

It returns to Johor for the sixth time at Horizon Hills, where once again golf fans will be able to witness yet another exciting golf tournament which is staking its claim as one of the top events on the Asian Tour calendar.

Iskandar Malaysia and Johor Golf Association are continuing with their support of this event, and have created the biggest international event in Johor. Since the inaugural event in 2007, the prize money for the tournament has increased by five-fold from US$300,000 in 2007 to US$1,250,000 in 2010. In 2011, the prize money grew to a minimum of US$2,000,000 and will remain for 2012.


About The Asian Tour

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 Rolex (Official Timekeeper), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts), Cityneon (Official Event Overlay Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), BlackBerry (Official Smartphone and Tablet Partner) and Srixon (Official Ball). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.


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