Fantastic four line up for Indonesian Masters

Tue 25 Feb 2014

Fantastic four line up for Indonesian Masters

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Jakarta, February 25: Reigning Asian Tour Order of Merit champion Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand and 2010 British Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa have confirmed their participation at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters which tees off at Royale Jakarta Golf Club from April 24-27.
Kiradech and Oosthuizen are the latest in a strong line-up of big hitters that includes defending champion, Bernd Wiesberger of Austria and Asian golfing legend, Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, who will battle it out at the US$750,000 Asian Tour event.
“We are very pleased to hear that Oosthuizen and Kiradech have signed up to play in the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters. It is indeed fantastic to have such high calibre of professional golfers from both the European Tour and Asian Tour choosing our event to be part of their schedules. I am sure the golfing fans of Indonesia will be very excited with this news and we look forward to welcoming everyone to Royale Jakarta in April,” said Wan Razly Abdullah, Strategy & Finance Director of PT Bank CIMB Niaga Tbk (CIMB Niaga).
Asian Tour Chairman Kyi Hla Han said: “The CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters has featured prominently on our Asian Tour Schedule since 2011 where it has attracted many leading stars including Lee Westwood and Ernie Els. The event has grown into one of the most popular and exciting events on our schedule and this is possible only through the unwavering support of CIMB Niaga.”
“CIMB Niaga’s sponsorship goes a long way in promoting international sports tournament in Indonesia and it provides Indonesian golfers with opportunities to play against the best players from the Asian Tour and also the world. We want to bring world class sporting events to Indonesia while at the same time promote Indonesia to the world. This event will help us achieve that as it is televised to 650 million households globally,” added Han.
Asian Tour number one, Kiradech, is one of the most exciting young players to emerge from Thailand.
He won the Malaysian Open in March last year to seal his second Asian Tour victory and showcased his immense talent when he eclipsed some of the PGA Tour biggest stars at the CIMB Classic by finishing third.
Oosthuizen secured his place in the history books with a magnificent triumph in The 139th Open Championship in 2010. His seven-shot victory at St. Andrews placed him alongside South African legends Bobby Locke, Gary Player and Ernie Els as The Open Champions.
Oosthuizen nearly added another Major trophy in 2012 but lost to Bubba Watson in a play-off for the Masters Tournament, having produced a magical albatross in the final round at Augusta National - the first on the 575-yard par five second hole - with a 253-yard four iron.
The announcement came with long term sponsors National Energy Company, Pertamina, Official Automobile Partner, BMW Indonesia, National Airline, Garuda Indonesia continuing their commitment to the event while Oakley signs on as a new partner, signifying the growing strength of the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters.
Other tournament sponsors include Telkomsel, Noble Group, OB Golf & Lifestyle Magazine, Salonpas, Linc Group, Rolex, JS Luwansa, SvinGolf and San Miguel.
The CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters has cemented its place as the nation’s most prestigious event and continues to grow since its inauguration in 2011 with long-term event partners.
The Youth Development initiatives of the tournament include three golf clinics conducted at Royale Jakarta Golf Club for 20 Juniors selected by the Indonesian Golf Association (Persatuan Golf Indonesia) and CIMB Foundation (CIMB Niaga's Junior Development Program for Golf). Each program is conducted monthly beginning in January 2014 and includes a one and a half hour clinic followed by a nine-hole playing lesson.
The top five most attentive juniors from each session will win a chance to have an exclusive behind the scenes access to the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters 2014 as well as an opportunity to meet the Star Players of the US$750,000 Asian Tour event.
The CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters Amateur League qualifies one Indonesian amateur for the tournament proper. Indonesian amateurs can participate in this league by entering the newly established Indonesia PGA Champions Tour, which sees 14 tournaments conducted this year.
A total of 30 amateurs have the opportunities to play together with Indonesian golf professionals in three-day tournaments conducted across Jakarta and other selected cities in Indonesia.
The highest ranked amateur following their participation in the series between January and April 2014 (five events total) wins the opportunity to play against the best of the Asian Tour and PGA Indonesia in the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters 2014.
More information about the youth development program and amateur league is available on www.indonesianmasters.co.id
The CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters also focuses on giving back to the community through its charity initiatives together with Habitat for Humanity Indonesia. To date, the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters has managed to build 31 homes for families in need and together with National Energy Company, Pertamina, built a clean water solution for over 10,000 people in the Cilamaya area.
The CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters will have widespread exposure via a strong local media platform and the Asian Tour’s global television platform, which reaches out to over 200 countries and 650 million households on the Live, Highlights, Asian Tour Golf Show and Golfing World.
Photo Caption: (Left - Right) Irfan Hamid (Asian Tour), Helena Abidin (BMW), Wan Razly (CIMB Niaga), Ali Mundakir (Pertamina), George Chandra (Royale Jakarta Golf Club). Thumbs-up for CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters 2014. Adil Anselm/OB Golf.
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About CIMB Niaga
CIMB Niaga was established as Bank Niaga in 1955. CIMB Group is the main shareholder of CIMB Niaga, with a 97.94% effective stake. The Bank offers a comprehensive suite of both conventional and Islamic banking products and services, through an expanding delivery channel network of 969 offices all over Indonesia as at 31 December 2013, including 580 branches, 350 Mikro Laju units (including 21 outlets attached to a branch), and 60 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 the South-East Asia region brings – 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 USD17.9 billion as at 31 December 2013. The Group has over 40,000 employees located in 17 countries.
About 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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Sponsor), Oakley (Official Eyewear and Footwear Sponsor), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant) 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
For further information, please contact:
Indonesian Masters PTE LTD (Promotor Acara)
Edith Tania
Email: edith.tania@obgolf.co.id
Tel: +62 21 53671136
Website: www.indonesianmasters.co.id
Rudy Hutagalung
Corporate Secretary
PT Bank CIMB Niaga Tbk
Tel: +62 – 21 546 0555 ext. 46058
Fax: +62 – 21 252 6749
Website: www.cimbniaga.com
Email: corporate.secretary@cimbniaga.co.id