Classic Win for Karmis

Sun 12 Sep 2010

Classic Win for Karmis

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Singapore, September 12: Peter Karmis of South Africa completed a remarkable wire-to-wire victory to claim his first Asian Tour title at the Handa Singapore Classic on Sunday.



Karmis posted a one-under-par-71 for a four-day total of 21-under-par 267 to defeat battling compatriot Jbe Kruger by two strokes at the Orchid Country Club.



Kruger was tied for the lead after 10 holes but fell behind after two costly bogeys on holes 13 and 14. This was Kruger’s second runner-up finish this season as he closed with a 69 for a 269 total at the US$400,000 full field Asian Tour event.



Thailand’s Pariya Junhasavasdikul (68) signed off with a 270 total to finish in third place, his best placing this season while Australia’s Scott Hend (67) was two strokes back on 272 at the inaugural tournament.



Evergreen Mardan Mamat was the best local performer, finishing in tied fifth place with Chinese Taipei’s Chan Yih-shin and Korean Young Nam on a 273 total.



“The first thing that comes into my mind is all the privileges that come from winning on the Asian Tour. The rest of my year is pretty much sorted out for this year and the next. It has suddenly changed from wondering if I could get into tournaments to getting into all the tournaments,” said Karmis.



Karmis, who earned his Tour card from the Asian Tour Qualifying School in Thailand this year, got off to a slow start after making the turn on even-par 37 and carding a bogey on the 10th hole. His round turned for the better when he birdied holes 11, 15 and 17.



“I actually hit good iron shots on the front nine but they just went long and I missed a couple of short putts. I was hitting the ball well and I would rate today as the best I have hit so far. But I missed the greens by a fraction and had tricky chips,” said Karmis, who won a cool US$63,400 for his victory.



The South African, who endured a sleepless night yesterday, tipped his hat to his resilient compatriot.



“Jbe is a great player and he is such a fighter and never gives up ever. When I bogeyed the 10th hole, it was like a wake up call because I slipped back to tie for the lead. I had to remain focus and I’m glad I came out on top. It feels like a huge burden has lifted off my chest,” said the two-time winner in South Africa.



Kruger, who lost in a play-off to Bangladeshi Siddikur at the Brunei Open in August, had to settle for his second runner-up finish but was gracious in defeat.



“I could have shot more birdies on the front nine but failed to convert my chances. I feel I’m getting closer to victory and overall I’m happy with my performance and happy that Peter (Karmis) won. He played a great tournament,” said Kruger who posted five birdies against two bogeys.



Pariya posted a flawless round highlighted by four birdies and was lucky not to drop a shot on the 15th hole when his tee shot found water. He recovered with a superb up-and-down putt from 15 feet to claim his best finish on the Asian Tour.



“I can’t describe how I’m feeling. This is my best season and I’m playing in my best form so I’ll try to keep the momentum going,” said the 25-year-old.



Playing competitively for the sixth week, Mardan made a strong surge up the leaderboard after making the turn in three-under-par 34 but failed to maintain the pace with two closing bogeys.



“It was disappointing to bogey the last two holes but I can take pride that I can still play some great golf at the age of 42! I’m going to take a break from golf for about a week and resume playing competitively in two weeks time,” said the two-time Asian Tour winner.



 The International Representative for International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS), Wayne Smith lauded the success of the Handa Singapore Classic.



“I would like to congratulate Peter Karmis for a great performance this week.  The inaugural Handa Singapore Classic has been a fantastic event and I would like to thank the Asian Tour, the Orchid Country Club as well as the other sponsors and volunteers for a great week,” said Smith.



“ISPS is committed to growing the sport and also create opportunities for disability sport. ISPS works closely with the International Blind Golf Association (IBGA) and together with some of the Tour pros we have used this tournament to help promote blind golf and hope to encourage more people who are visually impaired to take up the sport.  We also hope that blind and disabled golf can be included in the Paralympic in the near future,” he added.



The final two rounds of the Handa Singapore Classic were broadcast live over two days throughout Asia and several countries in Europe.



Countries that beamed the live coverage of the Handa Singapore Classic include StarHub Golf Channel in Singapore, Astro Golf Channel in Malaysia, CCTV Golf Channel in China, PCCW in Hong Kong, True Vision in Thailand, Sports Cast in Chinese Taipei, Balls Channel in Philippines, JGolf in Korea, Fox Sports in Australia, Viasat in Scandinavia, Canal+ in Spain, SportTV in Portugal and Iko Balkan in the Balkans.



Leading final round scores



267 - Peter Karmis (RSA) 63-63-70-71


269 - Jbe Kruger (RSA) 66-66-68-69


270 - Pariya Junhasavasdikul (THA) 66-68-68-68


272 - Scott Hend (AUS) 67-71-67-67


273 - Chan Yih-shin (TPE) 65-67-68-73, Mardan Mamat (SIN) 65-69-69-70, Young Nam (KOR) 70-69-65-69


274 - Gaganjeet Bhullar (IND) 67-65-70-72, Lu Wei-chih (TPE) 69-66-67-72, Kim Felton (AUS) 65-67-72-70, S.S.P. Chowrasia (IND) 68-65-71-70, Hirotaro Naito (JPN) 65-71-68-70, Unho Park (AUS) 67-69-69-69, Gavin Flint (AUS) 68-68-69-69, Anirban Lahiri (IND) 69-66-73-66, Corey Harris (USA) 67-71-70-66, Danny Chia (MAS) 69-71-68-66


275 - Choi Jin-Ho (KOR) 67-69-66-73, Matthew Rosenfeld (USA) 67-68-68-72, Kiradech Aphibarnrat (THA) 68-67-69-71



For further enquiries please contact Calvin Koh or Doyle De Costa at the Handa Singapore Classic media centre at +65 6750 2217.



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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 J.Lindeberg (Official Apparel Partner), Ricoh (Official Office Solutions Provider), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Royal Selangor (Official Trophy Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Pan Pacific (Official Hotel), BlackBerry (Official Mobile) and Srixon (Official Ball).


 


About the Handa Singapore Classic


The Handa Singapore Classic will make its debut at the Orchid Country Club from September 9-12, 2010. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Singapore PGA, this US$400,000 event will showcase Asia's finest golfers teeing up in the Lion city. The Handa Singapore Classic is sponsored by ISPS and its Chairman Dr Haruhisa Handa, a Japanese philanthropist and businessman who is involved with numerous global golf tournaments and events on the European Seniors Tour, the Australian Tour, the Legends Tour and the Japan Golf Tour. The full field Asian Tour event also promises to thrill fans not only with world-class action on the golf course but also with a host of activities that will entertain everyone outside the ropes. This includes a Long Drive challenge for the public by FusionExcel, three-hole blind golf challenge with official charity The International Blind Golf Association (IBGA), Cheating Sons, a homegrown Singapore-based band at the public exhibition village and lucky draws where fans will stand a chance to win a smartphone by BlackBerry, Official mobile partner of the Asian Tour.


 


About ISPS


ISPS is a ‘General Incorporated Association’ based in Tokyo.  The organisation was founded by a Japanese philanthropist, Dr Handa.  ISPS contributes to society through supporting various sporting interests – currently focusing on golf and bowling.  In golf, ISPS actively supports the International Blind Golf Association in addition to supporting a number of other charities for handicapped people.


For more information please contact: Ben Cummings: ben.cummings@wsmsponsorship.com, +975 55 568 9169.


 


About the International Blind Golf Association


The International Blind Golf Association (IBGA) promotes golf as a sport for blind and people with impaired vision.  The IBGA establishes the rules and conditions for international competitions and organises a World Championship every two years.


The IBGA was officially founded in 1998, through the efforts of Dr. Haruhisa Handa (now Honorary Patron of IBGA) who arranged meetings in Australia and the United States in 1996 and 1997.  The number of member countries has grown steadily up to sixteen official members.  http://www.internationalblindgolf.com