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Hot News 12. Wie, Has Grown Up With LPGA Card In Hand

Indonesia’s Largest Amateur Golf Championship

Michelle Wie is headed back home to Hawaii, this time as a full-fledged LPGA member. The 19-year-old Stanford sophomore will kick off the season at the LPGA’s first full-field event, the SBS Open. 38. Harrington Is The ‘Favorite’ At Buick He captured more majors than anyone last year, won every player of the year award on golf’s landscape and will make his PGA Tour debut in the Buick Invitational. 54. Maybank Malaysian Open | Anthony Kang Sweet Win ... American Anthony Kang ended an eight-year title drought when he triumphed at the Maybank Malaysian Open with a heroic last-hole birdie on Sunday.

14. Abu Dhabi Championship | Slim Win For Casey 16. Fichardt Wins Nashua Masters 18. Call for the Masters | Ishikawa To Play As Youngest 22. McIlroy Claims Maiden European Title 36. The Race Is On For Sport 42. FBR OPEN | What An Ugly Play-Off 46. Gearing Up For The Return

Grand Final Exclusive Report

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50. 2009 Season Opening Drama Unfolds 60. SBS Open | Stanford Win & Wie Missed By An Inch 62. Davies Wins 2nd Australian Open


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Artikel Bahasa Indonesia Berita Terkini 66. Emeralda Mercedes-Benz Fascination Golf Tournament | Play Off Itu ‘Milik’ Sarmilih ! Putting indah yang diselesaikan Ilyassyak dari jarak 4.5 meter di hole 10 Emeralda Golf Club dalam pertarungan sudden death play off melawan pegolf Sawangan Sarmilih KZ, ternyata belum mampu membawanya

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ke tangga juara Emeralda Mercedes-Benz Fascination Golf Tournament yang digelar dari tanggal 10 – 11 Pebruari 2009. 78. Rory McIlroy | Bintang Baru ‘Hollywood’ ... Sungguh bukan perkara yang mudah bagi siapapun untuk dapat menggapai predikat ‘bintang’ dalam persaingan olah raga golf dunia di usia yang relatif muda. 98. Gala Dinner Kariza Masters | Romansa Vina Panduwinata ... Sepintas tak ada yang berbeda dengan acara – acara Prize Giving lain pada umumnya, jika melihat susunan meja – meja yang tertata rapih di area beranda Nirwana Le Meridien Spa & Resort, dalam kaitan Kariza Master Amateur Golf Championship 2008.

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126. Bangkok | The City Of Angel Untaian kata dari bahasa campuran India kuno, Pali dan Sansekerta tersebut bukanlah merupakan sebuah syair lagu, puisi maupun pantun kuno...

Kilas 70 Ria Prawiro | Dua Bulan, Dua ‘Anak’ Juara 74. The Asian Tour Q- School 2009 | Rory Hie Lulus ‘Sekolah’ 104. Hardjito | “The Master” Of Kariza Masters 120. Faldo Series Indonesia 2009 122. Sejarah | Golf Kulit Hitam Amerika Serikat

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Sankuny Kunjan Managing Editor sk@kariza.biz CLASS ‘AA’ GOLF PROFESSIONAL FIJI PROFESSIONAL GOLF ASSOCIATION (FPGA)

TRIPLE JOY CELEBRATION for KARIZA Dear Readers,

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ariza enjoyed a“triple”celebration in past 30 days....First the completion of Kariza Masters 2008 in Bali with explosive and romantic moments with sensational Vina Panduwinata, secondly, Hardjito defended his title amidst mourning his son’s demise and the thirdly, Sarmilih won his first local professional circuit event in Emeralda after joining the Kariza family. We can’t find any other valid reason to hold our celebration moments. The celebration mood continues.

of these growing generations of golf at present time. Another great news must be shared here is all about Rory Hie, being inducted into the Asian Tour for 2009 season. Rory earned his card from recent Qualifying School held in Thailand and proudly our Sarmilih also won his country exemption privileges for spots in the Asian Tour Events in 2009. I believe more of local boys will catch up with him in near future. Rory will be soon joined by compatriots like Andik Mauludin, Ilyassyak and many more, I hope.

The Grand Final in Bali Nirwana yet another repetition of another great grand final moment for our finalists. Some felt we over pampered them and some said, it is too much to comfort. Yet, the party had its ups and downs but finally ended with everlasting memory for all of us including the support staffs at Le Meridien Nirwana Golf Resort. Some of the hotel even told me, they have never seen such extravagant and high standard golf tournament at their place. I am also abundantly glad that, there are some 90 golfers in Indonesia today will carry around our exclusive golf bag with their name on it which were given for all finalists of the Kariza Masters 2008 courtesy from our sponsors - Nickent.

Many surprises are now seen in the golfing scene all around the world, underdog Anthony Kang won The Maybank Malaysian Open 2009 after 9 years of waiting. Tiger is yet to announce is return to competitive golf and just recieved his baby boy, Anthony Kim scored 78 at opening day of The Malaysian Open, yet made cut and finish well on the leader-board, The Race to Dubai USD10M is being chased by many from around the world and many others. Should GOD to create another planet, then HE should seriously consider planet GOLF instead. Also check out the article about another McIIroy who won the Dubai Classic recently. High pumping moments returning home for McIIroy taking his first win at the age of 19. Paul Casey put up a wonderful display as well but ran out holes to climb up the leader-board. Michelle Wie has proven all critics wrong once again; she had the glimpse of the first win but slipped away. She is another icon to watch this year at the LPGA.

The awakening of golf in Indonesia is clearly evident; I am not saying this due our success alone but simply from the reaction from Indonesian golfers towards the sports. From Juniors to Ladies, Amateur’s and even Professional Golfers in Indonesia, golf has became part daily life for many. These indications are very positive for Indonesia Golf Tourism in general. And, Kariza is glad to be part

Lastly, to all our Grand Finalists who celebrated the pinnacle of golf with Kariza through Kariza

Masters 2008, I would like to personally THANK YOU all of you for being with us. Without all of you, our tournament wouldn’t be what it is today. Along my scope of work as Tournament Director of the event, I may have offended some of you and this will be the suitable page for me to apologize to all of you, please forgive me for my behaviour if I have done anything that may have hurt your feelings. Whatever my actions let it be about golf rules or the event proper, its all done to uphold the trust of my position and my responsibility to ensure the event is managed at highest standard and discipline. I have some spent most of my lifetime into golf and surrounded by people who knows golf best. My experiences with the Indonesian Golfers through the events we have done here in Indonesia are simply beyond any words I can describe here. No one have ever shown such high passion towards this game but Indonesian – in my personal opinion. I was overwhelmed to witness and to experience the respect applauded to us for our work through the event. I owe you our success and we will welcome every advice and suggestions you all have given to us. Thank you again all and enjoy golf to the fullest. See you all around. Thank you Cheers.

Sankuny Kunjan.

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Pregnant Matthew Wins HSBC LPGA Brazil Cup

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atriona Matthew, the 39-yearold Scot five months pregnant with her second child, won the inaugural HSBC LPGA Brazil Cup by five shots over Kristy McPherson of the United States on Sunday. Matthew had a 3-under 69 on the second day of the 36-hole exhibition tournament to finish at 6-under 138 at the Itanhanga Golf Club. McPherson was 1-under after shooting a 72.

She started her final round with a birdie at the first hole and a bogey on the second, but built her lead with birdies on Nos. 5, 6 and 14. McPherson had four birdies and four bogeys in her round, with two of the bogeys coming on par-5s.

“When you play well you don’t feel tired,” Matthew said. “Maybe tomorrow I will feel it a bit.”

Laura Diaz shot a 73 to finish fourth at 4-over. The unofficial money event featured a 15-player field and a $500,000 purse.

Angela Park finished third in front of her home fans after a 75 left her nine shots back. “I’m not too happy,” she said. “I thought I would be able to play better here.”

Home Win For Goosen

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etief Goosen fired a brilliant final round of 65 to win the Africa Open at East London Golf Club.

Grace and Hoey moved through the field with rounds of 65 and 66 respectively, while halfway leader Angel Cabrera finished in a tie for ninth after a second consecutive 72.

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The former US Open champion carded eight birdies and survived a last hole bogey to finish 21 under par, one shot clear of overnight joint leader Darren Clarke, Michael Hoey, Branden Grace and Darren Fichardt. Goosen began the day four shots behind Clarke and South African James Kingston, but Ulsterman Clarke could only manage a 70 and Kingston a 73 to open the door for the chasing pack.


Another Little Tiger Is Born

Baby Boy For Woods “Elin and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our son, Charlie Axel Woods,” “Both Charlie and Elin are doing great and we want to thank everyone for their sincere best wishes and kind thoughts. Sam is very excited to be a big sister and we feel truly blessed to have such a wonderful family.”

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he uncertainty facing Tiger Woods at the start of the year is almost cleared up. He is practicing at full strength with no restrictions, and playing golf at his home course in Florida. He became a father again when his wife gave birth to a boy on Sunday—Charlie Axel Woods. The only thing left is when he returns to the PGA Tour. The first possibility is the Accenture Match Play Championship, where he is the defending champion, which starts Feb. 25. “Elin and I are thrilled to announce the birth of our son, Charlie Axel Woods,” “Both Charlie and Elin are doing great and we want to thank everyone for their sincere best wishes and kind thoughts. Sam is very excited to be a big sister and we feel truly blessed to have such a wonderful family.” Sam Alexis was born on the Monday after the 2007 U.S. Open, and Woods did not play for three weeks, even skipping a title defense the week before he returned at the Buick Open.

His daughter’s name – Sam - was the pet name that Earl Woods called a young Tiger. Woods has great respect for Charlie Sifford, the first black to become a PGA Tour member; Sifford playfully refers to Woods as “my grandson.” Axel is a Swedish name that means “father of peace,” according to the Web site birthcare.com (his wife is Swedish). But the big question remains the left knee.

But he is not new to fatherhood any more. And even with a son, if Woods follows his own father’s routine, it still will be another six months before he puts Charlie in a high chair to watch him swing a golf club. “We look forward to introducing Charlie to you at the appropriate time,” Woods wrote.

“I’m full-bore with my practice sessions and have no restrictions,” Woods said in a newsletter last week. “It’s just a matter of getting my golf endurance up. I don’t have my golf stamina back yet.” The date of birth is significant only because Woods always to seems to celebrate on Sunday of the Buick Invitational, where he was the four-time defending champion.

Woods likely won’t be available to comment until he shows up at a tournament, so the significance of his son’s name was not clear.

Woods also won the U.S. Open last summer at Torrey Pines for his 14th career major, but that was the last time anyone saw him play. He had

reconstructive surgery on his left knee a week later, ending his season. Since then, Padraig Harrington won two majors, the Americans won the Ryder Cup, Woods’ wife became pregnant, the economy went in the tank, Barack Obama was elected president and the Arizona Cardinals reached the Super Bowl. Woods said last week that his return depends largely on the birth of his child, which “takes precedent over anything I do golf-wise.” “But I must admit, I am also excited about returning to competition,” he said. “Early on, I didn’t miss golf because I enjoyed staying home with Elin and Sam and I knew I wasn’t physically able to play. The truth is, I would have embarrassed myself. Now, I’m getting my feel and practice back. It’s just a matter of playing more on the course.” Now, it’s a matter of which course.

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ichelle Wie is headed back home to Hawaii, this time as a full-fledged LPGA member. The 19-year-old Stanford sophomore will kick off the season at the LPGA’s first full-field event, the SBS Open.

“It feels like a clean slate, a new beginning, and I finally feel like I really earned it,” Wie said in a statement Tuesday. Turtle Bay has provided Wie with a couple of high points in her tumultuous young career. She played the first SBS in 2005 as a 15-year-old amateur and finished tied for second with Cristie Kerr, two strokes behind winner Jennifer Rosales. Wie was lone amateur in the field and the only player to shoot under par for three rounds in difficult conditions on Oahu’s North Shore that frustrated veterans twice her age. It was also at Turtle Bay in 2006 that she became the first female to win a local qualifying tournament for the U.S. Open. She earned the first of three spots into the sectionals. Another fresh-faced teen from Hawaii named Tadd Fujikawa got the last one, snaking in a 65foot putt on the last hole of a three-way playoff. Fujikawa would eventually earn a spot at Winged Foot and become the youngest player to participate in an Open at age 15.

Jenifer Rosales

the year at Q-school where she earned her LPGA card. In an article Monday in The Honolulu Advertiser, Wie said she was planning to play a “full schedule,” on the LPGA and will try other tours while continuing her education at Stanford. Whatever she does, the golf world will be watching to see if Wie can regain the confidence, ability and limitless promise she showed when she first played at Turtle Bay. “I’ve matured a lot,” she told the newspaper. “I can handle bad shots

Cristie Kerr

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Wie has struggled since injuring her wrists a couple of years ago, and it took a toll on her confidence. She had a difficult 2008 but ended

better. I can handle stuff not going as well as planned. Surprises and all that, they come with the game. I’ve had such a rough time, I know now how to handle stuff when it’s not going my way.” Wie will make her first LPGA start since July 2008 when she was disqualified from the State Farm Classic, one shot behind going into the final round, when it was determined she had left the scoring area without signing her card after the second round. She also opened 2008 in Hawaii at the Fields Open, where she closed with a 6-over 78 to finish tied for last among the 74 players who made the cut. THE FLAG Edisi 6 No.2 / 2009

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captured his ninth title on the European Tour. Oosthuizen, who started the day seven shots behind Casey, tied the day’s best round at 64. Sergio Garcia, who finished tied for eighth at 272, also shot a 64.

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aul Casey shot a 2-under 70 Sunday to win the Abu Dhabi Championship by one stroke over Louis Oosthuizen and defending champion Martin Kaymer. Casey, who last won a tournament at the 2007 Abu Dhabi event, had three bogeys on the back nine to finish at 21-under 267. “I have missed winning for the last two years, so this one is very special,” said Casey, who

Kaymer (67) rolled in a 25-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th to finish tied for second. Anthony Wall (67) was fourth at 270, and another stroke back in a tie for fifth was Padraig Harrington (66), Northern Ireland teenager Rory McIlroy (65) and Johan Edfors (67). Casey, who had the lead heading into the final round, started with a pair of birdies Sunday and soon stretched his lead to six shots with birdies at Nos. 6, 8 and 10. But bogeys on the 11th, 13th and 14th, and birdies by Oosthuizen on the 15th and 18th, made it close. “I was really getting nervous over the back nine,” Casey said. “I never once looked at the leaderboard throughout the round, but I was aware where Martin was, and I was sure someone must have done better than him. “And then I saw Oosthuizen’s smiling face on the big screen near the 18th and I knew he had done something special. When I finally looked at the leaderboard after reaching the 18th green, I heaved a sigh of relief that I still had two putts to win the tournament.”

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Louis Oosthuizen


With This Win, Paul Casey.. First European Tour victory since the 2007 Abu Dhabi Golf Championship. In that time has played 35 European Tour events without a victory, with a best finish of tied third in the 2008 BMW International Open. Has been

a model of consistency during his last 35 events, finishing in the top ten 14 times

The Abu Dhabi Golf Championship is the second European Tour event he has recorded multiple victories in – the other one being the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles, in 2001 and 2006

His one stroke victory matches the largest on The 2009 European Tour International Schedule set by Richard Sterne (Alfred Dunhill Championship) and Anders Hansen (Joburg Open)

His score of 267 (-21) is the lowest winning total in relation to par on The 2009 European Tour International Schedule to date, beating the 271 (-17) by Richard Sterne at the Alfred Dunhill Championship

His score of 267 (-21) is the lowest winning total in the history of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, beating the 268 (-20) set by Chris DiMarco in 2006

His score of 267 (-21) is the lowest winning total in relation to par in the history of the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, beating the 268 (-20) set by Chris DiMarco in 2006

Gains a European Tour exemption until the end of the 2011 season

Gains a place in the HSBC Champions in November

Gains a place in the 2009 World Golf Championships – Bridgestone Invitational The 240th English victory on The European Tour

This victory maintains England’s record of winning every year since The European Tour’s first year in 1972

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Becomes the first player to win the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship twice, following on from his win in 2007

place on the all-time list of most prolific English winners. Only Nick Faldo (30), Mark James, Lee Westwood (both 18) and Howard Clark (11) are ahead of him.

First English victory of The 2009 European Tour International Schedule

Moved from 42nd in the Official World Golf Ranking to just outside the top 20, in 21st place

This is the fourth of his nine wins he has led or shared the lead going into the final round. The previous three were the 2003 ANZ Championship, 2003 Benson and Hedges International Open and the 2006 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles

First European Tour top ten finish of the season and 58th of his European Tour career

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Fichardt Wins Nashua Masters “I actually started losing my putting stroke three years ago, and the rest of my swing went with it, But I made some changes, took a bit more time over my putts, drew a line on the ball to line it up properly, and it’s slowly been coming back.” Fichardt

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arren Fichardt sunk a 15 foot birdie putt to win the Nashua Masters by a single shot with a final round five under 65 and a total of 17 under 263. “It felt like a 20 metre putt,” he said after an 18 hole battle with defending champion Marc Cayeux of Zimbabwe, who shot a 67.

“I actually started losing my putting stroke three years ago, and the rest of my swing went with it,” he said. “But I made some changes, took a bit more time over my putts, drew a line on the ball to line it up properly, and it’s slowly been coming back.” The battle to the wire with fellow European Tour Member Cayeux made the win more satisfying for Fichardt: “I thought I had it won when he got a double bogey on 14 and I opened up a two shot lead, but then he went and birdied 15 and 16,” he said.

back to within 15 feet, and Cayeux’s looked to have overshot the green. But he had placed even more spin on it than Fichardt had, and he was left with two feet for a birdie which would have forced a playoff had Fichardt missed his putt. “It was downhill, and looked as if it was going to swing quite a lot,” recalled Fichardt, but his aim four balls right of the hole was true and the ball went in cleanly for the victory.

Fichardt also birdied 16 to stay a shot ahead, and after pars for both of them on 17, it was all down to the 18th. Fichardt’s approach spun

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European Tour Member Fichardt, who came close to winning at the Africa Open two weeks ago, and was blown away by four great rounds by Deane Pappas at last week’s Dimension Data Pro-Am, wrapped up his first victory since the 2006 Highveld Classic. “The short stick finally started working,” he said, after complaining all week long that he couldn’t sink a putt, or get a run of birdies going.


“For a long time I was a frustrated golf player, but I found the joy in playing. I also want to take this opportunity and give a big hand for all sportswomen and sportsmen in Sweden doing their utmost out there somewhere in the world.” Karlsson

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obert Karlsson was honoured for a superb 2008 season which saw him win The European Tour Order of Merit when he was named Swedish Male Athlete of the Year at a glitzy ceremony in Stockholm. The 39 year old received the prestigious accolade ahead of Rolf-Goran Bengtsson (Equestrian), Zlatan Ibrahimovich (Football) and Gustav Larsson (Cycling) at the televised ceremony held at The Globen, Stockholm’s largest indoor arena.

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It capped a memorable year for Karlsson who won two titles – the Mercedes-Benz Championship and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship – to become the first Swede to claim The Harry Vardon Trophy. Karlsson, who recorded top ten finishes in the Masters

European Player Of The Year For Karlsson Tournament, the US Open Championship and The Open Championship, was also an integral part of Europe’s Ryder Cup Team, winning two points including a stunning 5 and 3 singles win against Justin Leonard. It was the tenth annual Swedish Athletes Awards and Karlsson succeeded Ibrahimovic as the recipient of the main prize. Karlsson joins an illustrious list of sports stars to have been honoured at the ceremony over the years, including tennis legend Bjorn Borg who was named Swedish Athlete of the Century in 2000. In his acceptance speech, the nine time European Tour winner said: “I am surprised and overwhelmed to be standing here.

“I am just as overwhelmed to have experienced the results I have achieved in the last couple of years. “For a long time I was a frustrated golf player, but I found the joy in playing. I also want to take this opportunity and give a big hand for all sportswomen and sportsmen in Sweden doing their utmost out there somewhere in the world.” Karlsson ended the 2008 season with €2,732,748 to his name to top the Order of Merit ahead of Open and US PGA Champion Padraig Harrington (€2,459,109) and Lee Westwood (€2,424,642). The 6ft 5in Swede also rounded the year off in style by winning the Omega Mission Hills World Cup for his home nation playing alongside fellow Ryder Cup Teammate Henrik Stenson.

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apanese teenager Ryo Ishikawa received a special invitation from Augusta National, putting the 17-yearold from Japan in line to become the second-youngest player to compete in the Masters.One day after Ishikawa received exemptions from three PGA Tour events, the Japanese star received the biggest one of all. He will be the youngest player at the Masters since Tommy Jacobs competed as an amateur in 1952 at 17 years, one month and 21 days. Ishikawa, a senior in high school who already has won twice in Japan, turned 17 four months ago. Augusta National awarded Ishikawa the invitation it sets aside for international players. It has gone to Asian-born players every year since 2003, when no such exemption was offered. Greg Norman was the last non-Asian to received the “special foreign invitation” in 2002. “At a young age, Mr. Ishikawa has shown the skill and competitiveness to make him a deserving recipient of this invitation,” club chairman Billy Payne said. “We see this as an opportunity to expose an emerging talent on a world stage and fulfill our objective to grow the game. I am optimistic that his participation in the Masters will inspire younger players and increase interest in golf in Asia and beyond.” Ishikawa, the youngest player to crack the top 100 in the world ranking, already is at No. 60 and might have been able to qualify on his own depending on he played over the next two months. He is the highest-ranked player to receive the foreign invitation since Shingo Katayama was No. 58 in 2005. Known as the “Shy Prince” in Japan for his unassuming demeanor, Ishikawa made history two years ago when he won the Munsingwear Open KSB Cup on the Japan Golf Tour, becoming the youngest player to win on one of the six major tours around the world. He turned pro last year and won the mynavi ABC Championship to go along with six top 10s and ranking No. 5 on Japan’s money list.

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Ishikawa already has accepted exemptions to the Northern Trust Open at Riviera in February, and consecutive weeks in Florida for the Transitions Championship at Innisbrook and the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill. His invitation to Augusta National brings the size of the field up to 89 players, with others still able to qualify by winning a PGA Tour event (except opposite-field tournaments) or getting into the top 50 in the world one week before the Masters. Among those still trying to qualify are Davis Love III, David Toms and J.B. Holmes, the only player from the Ryder Cup still not eligible for the Masters.


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he PGA Tour sued Ginn Development, citing breach of contract after the resort company dropped sponsorship of the Champions Tour Ginn Championship.

Ginn, which has seen its financial well-being take a serious hit in the worldwide economic downturn, announced it was ending all golf sponsorships immediately, including the Champions Tour event and the LPGA’s Ginn Open. “We regret having to take this legal action, but feel we have no other recourse than to try to recover what had been guaranteed to our members through existing agreements with Ginn Companies,” PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said in a statement. Ginn still had three years remaining on its title sponsorship contract with the Champions Tour and had planned a $2.5 million purse for 2009, according to the event’s Web site. Ginn also offered a $2.5 million purse for its LPGA event last year, the third-largest on that tour. “The tour will incur monetary damages, including but not limited to Ginn’s agreedupon contribution to the tournament purses and other expenses of each tournament, as well as lost television fees and other revenues from the tournaments,” the lawsuit reads. Ginn said late last year that it was dropping the PGA Tour’s sur Mer Classic because of the ailing real estate market. But the LPGA event in Reunion, Fla., and the Champions Tour stop in Palm Coast, Fla., were both to be played on Ginn courses. “We also had no forewarning that Ginn was

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planning to cancel the 2009 Ginn Championship at Hammock Beach, and only learned of the decision when the company issued a release late Wednesday,” Votaw said. “In fact, we had been in discussions with them on possible modifications to the agreement. However, the lawsuit suggests that there were signs many months ago of Ginn being in financial distress. As noted in the suit, Ginn Development president and CEO Robert Gidel wrote to the PGA Tour on Aug. 11, saying “economic and other factors have caused Ginn to re-evaluate its ability to

sponsor the remaining tournaments” in the company’s five-year contract for Champions Tour play. “Ginn will not be in a position to sponsor any remaining tournaments after the March 2009 championship tournament,” Gidel wrote at the time. Three weeks later, according to the lawsuit, Ginn failed to provide the PGA Tour with a letter of credit that would have secured the prize money for this year’s Champions Tour event at Hammock Beach. THE FLAG Edisi 6 No.2 / 2009

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Sony Open

Small Win But Big Achievement For Zach Johnson

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ach Johnson fired a 5-under-par 65 to win the Sony Open on Sunday. At 15-under 265, Johnson posted a two-stroke victory over David Toms and Adam Scott. Charles Howell III finished fourth at 12-under 268. Johnson entered Sunday’s final round with a one-shot lead but was in a three-way tie at the turn. He started the back nine with consecutive birdies and added two more at Nos. 14 and 18 to wrap up his fifth PGA Tour victory. The 2007 Masters champion, Johnson picked up $972,000 for the win and now has a victory in three consecutive seasons. “Kind of got off to a sluggish start today. A couple of good saves here and there, and managed to right the ship on the back nine and hit some quality shots, and fortunately made some putts,” Johnson said. “It was far from easy, especially knowing, well, one, who I was playing with, and two, the other guys on the board. So I’m very pleased with this win.” Toms and Howell III joined Johnson at 11-under entering the final nine holes, but Toms couldn’t match Johnson birdie-for-birdie and Howell ended up bogeying 18 after consecutive birdies at Nos. 16 and 17. Johnson, the 2007 Masters champion, had three birdies and two bogeys on the front nine. He did not drop a shot coming in and made a 10-footer at the 14th to take a two-stroke lead. Toms birdied 18 to close within one and Scott made a late charge playing a few groups in front and closed with birdies at Nos. 13, 16 and 18 to finish at 11-under. “It’s a good start. You know, I needed to get off to a good start after the way last year was,”Toms said. “I was hoping to obviously get a victory today, but Zach played awfully well. I was proud of the way I hung in there and put pressure on him, and through the whole back nine. He’s a good player and tough to beat.”

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“It was a good week, solid week for me,” Scott said. “Solid last three days. Today was really good for me. It’s been a long time since I’ve been in the hunt in anything. It was nice to get on the back nine and have a chance and get the competitive nerves going again.”

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Johnson closed out the win with his third birdie of the week at the par-5 18th. He had an eagle putt from 33 feet that he lagged to about 18 inches and his easy birdie wrapped up a successful trip to the islands after a tie for sixth at the season-opening Mercedes-Benz Championship last week. “I feel great,” Johnson said. “My performance on the West Coast, the start of the year, has not been great. So playing well last week, especially, I think that certainly catapulted me into this week.”


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eenager Rory McIlroy shot a 2-under 70 Sunday for his first European Tour victory, a one-shot win over Justin Rose at the Dubai Desert Classic. McIlroy, a 19-year-old from Northern Ireland, finished at 19-under 269 to become the seventh youngest winner on the European Tour. “This is my first win, and it’s hard to win … the first time always is,” McIlroy said. “It’s definitely a monkey off my back, having lost in playoffs twice. It’s been an absolutely fantastic week.” McIlroy started with three straight birdies, then made a double-bogey on the fifth hole and a bogey on the eighth. From the ninth, he made five straight birdies, but just when he looked to be cruising to his first win, he dropped three

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shots on three holes before scraping through with a par on No. 18. McIlroy is expected to move to No. 15 in the world rankings. “I think I have to reassess my goals now,” McIlroy said. “But I go into every week with the same mind-set. … As long as I do that, I am happy. I knew sooner or later, I would be able to close one, and I am happy I did that this week.” Rose (67) missed a 12-foot birdie attempt on the final hole that would have pushed the tournament into a playoff. Henrik Stenson (67) finished third at 17-under, and Robert Karlsson (65), Martin Kaymer (67) and Paul Casey (68) tied for fourth at 272. McIlroy hit his third shot on the 18th hole into

the back bunker and had to make a tricky upand-down for par. “When you watch it on TV, and you see guys coming down the stretch with a four- or five-shot lead, and you think it is easy. But it never is,” he said. “You still have to play your shots, you still have to hole your putts. “It was nice to hold it together on the last and get a great up-and-down for victory.” Rose, who missed 21 straight cuts after turning pro, was happy for McIlroy. “I gave it as good a run as I could, but I’m obviously pleased for Rory,” the Englishman said. “You know how much this means to him, and certainly a win at this stage of the season would have been fantastic for me, as well. And I certainly wasn’t trying to miss my putt.”


BECOMES THE YOUNGEST winner of the Dubai Desert Classic aged 19 and 273 days, beating the previous record of David Howell, who was 23 and 236 days in 1999 THE THIRD FIRST-TIME winner on the 2009 European Tour International Schedule. They are: Lin Weng-tang (UBS Hong Kong Open) and Rodney Pampling (Sportsbet Australian Masters) and Rory McIlroy (Dubai Desert Classic) JOINS WAYNE WESTNER (1993), Ernie Els (1994), Richard Green (1997), David Howell (1999) and Robert-Jan Derksen (2003) as players making the Dubai Desert Classic their first European Tour win THE 33RD WIN for Northern Ireland in European Tour history THE SIXTH DIFFERENT golfer from Northern Ireland to win a European Tour event THE 362ND DIFFERENT golfer to win on The European Tour THE FIRST NORTHERN Irish player to win on The 2009 European Tour International Schedule FIRST NORTHERN IRISHMAN to win on The European Tour since Darren Clarke at the 2008 KLM Open

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ith this win Rory McIlroy secured his first European Tour International Schedule victory in his 46th European Tour event and moves to second in The Race to Dubai with winnings of €609,409. This victory beats his previous best finishes of second in the 2008 Omega European Masters and tied second in the 2009 UBS Hong Kong Open.

Ballesteros (19 and 121 days – 1976 Dutch Open and 19 and 191 days – 1976 Trophée Lancôme); Paul Way (19 and 149 days – 1982 KLM Dutch Open); Sergio Garcia (19 and 176 days – 1999 Murphy’s Irish Open and 19 and 267 days – 1999 Linde German Masters) and Aaron Baddeley (19 and 331 days – 2001 Greg Norman Holden International)

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FIRST TEENAGER TO win on The European Tour since Aaron Baddeley at the 2001 Greg Norman Holden International, who was 19 and 331 days

BECOMES THE SIXTH different teenager to win on The European Tour. He follows Dale Hayes (18 and 290 days – 1971 Spanish Open); Seve

BECOMES THE YOUNGEST winner on The European Tour since Sergio Garcia, who was 19 and 267 days at the 1999 Linde German Masters

BECOMES THE 17TH different player to win the Dubai Desert Classic in the 20th anniversary of the event WITH RORY MCILROY winning, Northern Ireland becomes the 12th different nation to win the Dubai Desert Classic BECOMES THE FIRST wire-to-wire winner of the 2009 European Tour season THE FIRST WIRE-TO-WIRE winner with no ties since Søren Kjeldsen at the 2008 Volvo Masters FOLLOWS EAMONN DARCY (1990), Seve Ballesteros (1992), Ernie Els (1994) and José Coceres (2000) as players winning the Dubai Desert Classic in wire-to-wire fashion MOVES TO 16TH IN the Official World Golf Ranking from 39th GAINS A PLACE in the HSBC Champions in November GAINS A PLACE in the 2009 World Golf Championships – Accenture Match Play

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"He's golf's new superstar and the most exciting talent the game has seen since Tiger Woods charged on to the scene more than a decade ago, He showed maturity beyond his years to beat a world-class field and claim his maiden European Tour triumph. It will, I am absolutely convinced, be the first of many - Rory is that good”. Former European Tour player

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ook out America - Irish teenage sensation Rory McIlroy is coming your way. After his thrilling onestroke victory in the Dubai Desert Classic, McIlroy has climbed to 16th in the Official World Golf Ranking in less than 18 months as a professional. At the end of August last year, he stood 172nd. The boy wonder has achieved it without once stepping foot in the United States, but that is about to change. McIlroy, just the sixth teenager to win a European Tour event and described as "a superstar in the making" by new Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie, will make his World Golf Championships debut at the Accenture Match Play in Arizona in three weeks' time. Then he travels to Florida and Texas, before heading to Georgia for the big one - his first Masters Tournament at Augusta on April 9-12. Having thought a World Top-20 spot was a reasonable target to have for the end of the year, not the first week in February, McIlroy admitted: "I'll have to reassess my goals. "I've moved up a step. Success only makes you more motivated to try to do better - I realise I've become a very good player and I've got a lot of years to progress still." Manager Andrew

"I've moved up a step. Success only makes you more motivated to try to do better - I realise I've become a very good player and I've got a lot of years to progress still." Manager Andrew 'Chubby' Chandler. 'Chubby' Chandler has no doubts that the sky is the limit. "He's golf's new superstar and the most exciting talent the game has seen since Tiger Woods charged on to the scene more than a decade ago," said the former European Tour player. "He showed maturity beyond his years to beat a world-class field and claim his maiden European Tour triumph. It will, I am absolutely convinced, be the first of many - Rory is that good.

win over Justin Rose than if he had gone ahead and totally eclipsed the field - as it looked like he would for so long. "That up-and-down from the back trap on the last hole to seal victory was nothing less than magnificent. "It would have been hard enough in normal circumstances - but given what was at stake and the size of his lead no more than an hour earlier (five shots), it was simply breath-taking. "It's a very sunny outlook - despite what we are flying back into." McIlroy’s victory was his eighth top-ten finish in his last 13 starts. That included two play-off defeats, and he was mightily relieved he did not have to go into a third. Runner-up Rose, of course, began his pro career with 21 successive missed cuts. It took him almost a year to earn his first cheque on the course. McIlroy, still three months away from his 20th birthday, is already heading towards his second million.

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“Keep Walking” Award “Once again the contenders in the running to win our 2008 Johnnie Walker “Keep Walking” Awards have performed at the highest level of the sport over the last 12 months and have shown tremendous talent, commitment and integrity, Each one of them has no doubt inspired others to overcome personal challenges and realize their dreams.” David Gates

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ndia’s Jeev Milkha Singh, American Anthony Kim and Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng are included in a group of outstanding golfers that have been nominated for the prestigious Johnnie Walker “Keep Walking” Golf Awards. The annual Awards presented by Johnnie Walker in association with The European Tour, Asian Tour and Australasian Tour, recognize the performances of professional golfers on Tour during the previous season. A highlight on the golfing calendar, the Awards were created over a decade ago by Johnnie Walker to recognize great progress achieved by golfers both on and off the golf course and reflects the philosophy of personal progress that lies at the heart of the Johnnie Walker brand and is reflected in its “Keep Walking” campaign. Inspirational performers Singh, Marksaeng, Lin Wen-tang of Chinese Taipei and Thai Thongchai Jaidee have been nominated for the Johnnie Walker Asian Player of the Year whilst Kim, Camilo Villegas of Colombia, German Martin Kaymer, Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal, Rory McIlroy 26

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and Western Australia’s Rick Kulacz have been named as the contenders for the Johnnie Walker Young Player of the Year Award. The four contenders for the Johnnie Walker Asian Rising Star Award, presented to the young Asian professional who has shown the most promise, talent and commitment to the game of golf over the past 12 months, are Japan’s Ryo Ishikawa, Koreans Noh Seung-yul and Bae Sang-moon and Ben Leong of Malaysia. “Once again the contenders in the running to win our 2008 Johnnie Walker “Keep Walking” Awards have performed at the highest level of the sport over the last 12 months and have shown tremendous talent, commitment and integrity,” commented David Gates, Global Brand Director for Johnnie Walker. “Each one of them has no doubt inspired others to overcome personal challenges and realize their dreams.” The winners of the three Awards, as voted by a panel of judges from The European, Asian and Australasian Tours and Johnnie Walker, will be announced on Saturday, February 21, at the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic Gala Dinner in Perth.

With prize money of £1.25 million, the Johnnie Walker Classic, which takes place at The Vines Resort & Country Club in Perth, Western Australia from February 19 to 22, boasts a star-studded field of international players including nominees Villegas, Kim and Jaidee, and international stars such as the legendary Greg Norman, English trio of Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and the 2009 Abu Dhabi Championship winner Paul Casey and the newly appointed Euroepan Ryder Cup Captain, Colin Montgomerie of Scotland, plus a host of Asia’s best golfers. Past winners of the Johnnie Walker Asian Golfer of the Year include Thailand’s Boonchu Ruangkit in 1995, Kyi Hla Han, the Chairman of the Asian Tour, in 1998, Korea’s KJ Choi (2002 & 2007). Andres Romero of Argentina is the reigning Johnnie Walker Young Golfer of Year, an award that has previously been won by Luke Donald (2004), Sergio Garcia (2001), Justin Rose (2002) and Adam Scott (2003), and whilst last year Lee Sung of Korea was awarded the Johnnie Walker Asian Rising Star Award.


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“Keep Walking” Awards 2008 Nominations Johnnie Walker Asian Golfer Of The Year Jeev Milkha Singh - India enjoyed a stellar year, winning four titles around the world including the Barclays Singapore Open, which made him the first player in Asian Tour history to surpass US$1 million in a single season and rose to a career high 35th in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Lin Wen-tang -Chinese Taipei

Prayad Marksaeng - Thailand

Thongchai Jaidee - Thailand

secured three victories on the Japan Tour, including the prestigious the Dunlop Phoenix tournament, and secured an invite to the US Masters

two end-of-season victories have seen him equal Thaworn Wiratchant’s record of ten Asian Tour victories.

enjoyed his finest year as a professional in 2008, winning two titles and finishing second on the Order of Merit.

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Ryo Ishikawa - Japan

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after turning pro in 2008, won his second Japan Golf Tour tournament, the mynavi ABC Championship, and at the close of 2008 had become the youngest ever player to reach the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings. The 17-year-old was invited to play in the US Masters as one of International Invitees by the Augusta National Golf Club

claimed a breakthrough victory at the Midea China Classic and posted three runner-up finishes. The 17-year-old belied his age to finish the season in an impressive 10th position on the Order of Merit

Won his national open, Korea Open, in 2008 and with compatriot Kim Hyung-tae, the Fortis International Challenge in Malaysia, to secure a slot in the 2008 Omega Mission Hills World Cup.

Having won the 2008 Qualifying School in Malaysia, Leong went on to secure his maiden Asian Tour victory, the Worldwide Selangor Masters, finishing the year at 25 on the Order of Merit.

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Johnnie Walkeryoung Golfer Of The Year Anthony Kim - US in only his second year on the US PGA Tour, Kim recorded two victories in 2008 and then went on to secure fourth spot in the FedEx Cup. A highly-decorated amateur who only turned pro in 2006, Kim also earned himself an automatic spot in Paul Azinger’s US Ryder Cup team last September.

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Camilo Villegas - Colombia

pushed Larrazabal hard for the Rookie of the Year crown and lost in two play-offs during the course of 2008 – in the Omega European Masters and the UBS Hong Kong Open

exploded onto the international golfing stage with two straight victories on the PGA Tour in September which secured him second spot behind Vijay Singh in the FedEx Cup. In doing so, he made the record books by becoming the first Colombian to win on the US PGA Tour.

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won the Brunei Open in his Rookie Year on the Asian Tour and was recently awarded the Greg Norman/Australian Golf Writers Association and the Australian Golf Digest Rookie of the Year Awards.

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won The 2008 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year thanks to a great season which culminated in winning the Open de France ALSTOM title, holding off the challenges of Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood along the way. Fourth Spaniard to win the award following Olazabal, Garcia and Fernandez-Castano


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agorawi Golf & Country Club is Indonesia’s only golf establishment with 45 Championship Holes. The Old Course started construction in 1976 as a dream of the Owner Mr. Zakir to create Indonesia’s home of Championship Golf. The original design team was Peter Thomson and Mike Wolveridge whose 3rd design partner at that time was Ron Fream who went on to Founder Golfplan USA. The New Course which hosted the 1997 Indonesian Open Golf Championship (won by Australia’s Craig Parry) was designed and built by the same team minus Ron Fream. Mr. Zakir had major input with Max Wexler when designing the Z-Nine, one of the prettiest Golf Courses imaginable which intertwines with both the Cikeas and Cisadane rivers. Hard work and constant dedication have gone into the development of these courses and to see so many golfers enjoying them every week makes it all worth while. For those who are really serious about improving their golf, there is now the Commonwealth Bank Institute of Golf (CBIOG) one of Indonesia’s first golf performance facilities of a World class standard. There are many different programs tailored to suit each

individual requirement also an intensive Junior Scholarship Program aiming to give a select group of talented young golfers every chance of becoming Indonesia’s first hope of success on a PGA Tour. Jagorawi Golf & Country Club also boasts quality accommodation with Lodging Facilities equal to those found at the finest golf establishments of the World. Nusantara Polo Club is the New & Pristine establishment located next to the property of World renowned Jagorawi Golf & Country Club. The Polo field is of an International standard inclusive of a safety zone with an outer sand surface track. There are “stick & ball and horse and player training areas, a paddock & pony stand along with a technologically advanced stable housing over 60 Argentinean & Australian purpose bred polo horses. Complimenting all of this is the beautifully furnished polo clubhouse overlooking the magnificent field and gardens. To find out more and see contact details for all facilities at Jagorawi Golf & Country Club visit our website www.jagorawi.com

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“All tournaments are going to be in the U.S. till the Augusta Masters, I have won everywhere else, so now I want to do it in the U.S. That is what my goal is going to be this year.”

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ndia’s Jeev Milkha Singh has urged the region’s golf chiefs to end their row over the formation of an Asian-Pacific “super series” and work together to promote Asian golf. The Asian Tour has accused the professional tours of Australia, China and South Korea of trying to muscle in on its turf after the PGA of Australia made the announcement last month.

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“Let us try to make this game big in Asia … instead of trying to make statements at each other and not making the game big in the region,” he told reporters at a function. Singh said having three separate tours - Asian, Japanese and the Australasian series - in the region made it tough. “It is a lot of work because Japan is a different tour and different from the Asian Tour. Lot of things like how the players get ranked will have to be worked out. “You will have to find a procedure, the order of merit or a way of handling exemptions.” The 37-year-old won four titles across the European, Asian and Japanese Tours in 2008. He was tied for ninth at the U.S. PGA Championship

before ending 12th on the European order of merit. Singh, who was tied 16th at last week’s Dubai Desert Classic, wants to claim a maiden win on the U.S. PGA Tour this year. He is currently 34th in world rankings. “I’m happy, I’m moving in the right direction,” he said at a function by Rolex announcing a $1 million five-year deal to help develop promising Indian golfers. Singh has taken up hill-walking to improve fitness and plans to trim his playing schedule following an injury-hit 2008. “All tournaments are going to be in the U.S. till the Augusta Masters,” he said, referring to the year’s first major in April. “I have won everywhere else, so now I want to do it in the U.S. That is what my goal is going to be this year.”

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The super series is proposed to be launched this year with six events. There are plans to extend it in 2010. “I just feel we should promote the game globally,” the 2008 Asian Tour order of merit winner said. “It should be good for the region. Even if they have differences, they should start a dialogue and try to join hands to make the game big because Asia is a big market.

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Merrick, who began the day eight shots behind Stricker but moved in front briefly on the back nine, shot a 67. Stricker, 33 under at the start of play after rounds of 61 and 62, had a 77 to tie for third with Mike Weir (67) at 28 under. Stricker had a triple bogey on No. 7 and a quadruple bogey on No. 10, hitting into the water on both holes. Perez, playing in the final group, locked up the victory by knocking his approach shot over the water from 200 yards on No. 18 to 3 feet to set up an eagle. Merrick, winless on the tour, already had finished his round with a par on 18. Perez didn’t consider playing it safe on the final hole. He beamed and doffed his cap after the ball rolled onto the green and the fans in the grandstands erupted in cheers. He stopped grinning only briefly, while he was bending over his final putt.

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Merrick’s second-place finish was the highest for the 26-year-old former UCLA star, who is beginning his third full season on the tour. His round included an extraordinarily lucky bounce on No. 16, when his shot from the fairway seemed headed for a small canal next to the green. The ball hit the concrete lining the waterway, bounced across the water and rolled within 10 feet of the hole. He two-putted for par.

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emaining calm despite the swirling wind and a tense duel for the lead, Pat Perez finally got his first PGA Tour victory – with a lot of help from Steve Stricker. Perez won the Bob Hope Classic on Sunday, taking advantage of Stricker’s collapse and holding off John Merrick by three strokes. The winner shot a 3-under 69 for a 33-under 327 total in the five-day event. In the past, “calm” wasn’t necessarily a word used about Perez and his play. He seemed quick to anger and grow frustrated when he wasn’t playing well. “I just got tired of getting

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upset all the time,” the 32-year-old Perez said. “It’s a lot of energy. I learned how the best guys do it.” Mentioning Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Vijay Singh and Ernie Els, among others, Perez said, “All these guys are pretty even-keeled. They don’t let things bother them. They put stuff behind them. Before, if I made a double on five, the tournament was over. I look at that as a speed bump now.” After hitting into the water and dropping to 29 under on the fifth hole, Perez steadied and still made the turn at 35.

Perez, who led the first three days of the 90-hole event before falling three shots off Stricker’s pace, had said the ideal conditions made the early rounds “like playing in a dome.” Not so for closing over the Palmer Course at PGA West. Club selection, figuring distance and direction, all became a challenge. The wind would quiet one moment, then gust and swirl the next. Flagsticks on the greens rocked back and forth with the flags flapping, go still, then just as suddenly begin shuddering again. Perez considered that a positive for him. “If the weather was perfect, someone could have shot 61 or 61,” Perez said. “So I actually didn’t mind the wind blowing all the way around. But it was definitely tough.” The gusts took their toll on Stricker. Stricker, who had the PGA Tour-record stretch of 61-62 the previous two days, had birdied No. 6 to go to 34 under and open a three-stroke lead over Perez. Perez earned $918,000, while Stricker took home $295,800. Stricker was 33 under after four rounds, bettering the Tour’s 72-hole record of 31 under set by Ernie Els in his victory at the 2003 Mercedes Championships. Stricker’s 61-62 was a low for consecutive rounds; Mark Calcavecchia set the record by shooting 60-64 in the 2001 Phoenix Open, and Perez tied it with his 61-63 start in the Hope.


Jaidee Excels In Abu Dhabi

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hailand's Thongchai Jaidee enjoyed a tied 13th finish at the Abu Dhabi Championship after closing his week with a six-under-par 66 on Sunday.

The double Asian Tour number one accumulated a four-round total of 14-under-par 274 to finish seven shots behind winner Paul Casey of England. It was an extension of his fine form as he had won three matches at the Royal Trophy in the previous week. Indian duo Jyoti Randhawa and Jeev Milkha Singh were amongst those who shared tied 26th position. Randhawa, Asia's number one in 2002, carded rounds of 71, 70, 67 and 69 while reigning Asian number one Singh shot rounds of 74, 67, 70 and 66. New Zealand's Mark Brown finished equal 42nd after rounds of 72, 69, 70 and 70.

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enny Perry and Rory McIlroy both made significant jumps in the world rankings following their wins on Sunday. Perry, 48, beat Charley Hoffman on the third playoff hole to win the PGA Tour's FBR Open and moved up six places to No. 9 in this week's rankings.

Henrik Stenson and Robert Karlsson moved up one spot apiece to sixth and seventh, respectively, knocking Geoff Ogilvy down two places to eighth. Perry's leap to No. 9 dropped Anthony Kim, Camilo Villegas, Lee Westwood, Ernie Els and Jim Furyk one place each to 10th through 14th. Justin Rose finished second to McIlroy in Dubai and moved up seven places to 15th. McIlroy was followed by Adam Scott, who dropped three spots to 17th, and Steve Stricker, Stewart Cink and K.J. Choi, who were all down two places to round out the top 20.

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McIlroy, the 19-year-old rising star from Northern Ireland, leaped 23 places to No. 16 after winning the Dubai Desert Classic for his first European Tour title. Tiger Woods, of course, remained No. 1 and was followed again in the rankings by Sergio Garcia, Padraig Harrington, Phil Mickelson and Vijay Singh to complete the top five.

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Langer Back In Wining Circle At 73 Gary Player Still Scores In The 70’S

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ernhard Langer won the Champions Tour’s season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship on Sunday, closing with a 4-under 68 for a one-stroke victory over Andy Bean. Langer, the 2008 Player and Rookie of the Year, had an 18-under 198 total to get his sophomore campaign off to a strong start and earn his fifth title in his 26th start on the 50-and-over circuit. Bean, who had his second straight 66, surged into contention with four birdies in the first 10 holes but parred the final four. His 10-foot birdie try on 18 lipped out. But the 51-year-old German wasn’t flinching, even with the wind kicking up. Langer, who earned $315,000, was patient and focused. From 144 yards in the first cut of rough, Langer stuck an iron to 20 feet and two- putted to seal the victory. The two-time Masters winner owned the back nine at Hualalai. Of his 17 birdies in first two rounds, 12 of them were on the back nine.

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The wind finally picked up along the Kona coast, which was blanketed by a haze from the volcanic fog spewing from across the island at Kilauea. And the fog seemed to follow Brad Bryant, who was in command for the first two rounds and closed with a 75 to finish tied for eighth. After birdieing two of the first three holes to reach 17 under, Bryant built a two-stroke cushion over Langer with 14 holes remaining. Bryant then self-destructed with a quadruple-bogey 7 on the 205-yard fifth hole that propelled Langer to the outright lead at 15 under. After taking a drop, Bryant showed some indecision. He stepped back, chatted with his caddie before hitting into the water again. The four-stroke collapse stunned the gallery and had Bryant talking to himself. Bryant has faltered down the stretch before. Of the 10 previous final groups he had been in, Bryant has taken away just one trophy. The frustration was evident after he pushed a 3-foot par putt on No. 11 that dropped him to 13 under. He stood on the green dejected, with his hands on his knees and head buried in his chest. It was the first of three straight bogeys.

Jay Haas, who began the day two strokes behind Bryant, also found trouble in the water on No. 5 for a costly double bogey that he wasn’t able to recover from. Haas (70) finished alone in third place for the third time in four years at the winners-only Hualalai. Mark McNulty (67) and Jeff Sluman (70) tied for fourth, four strokes back. However, it was Langer’s round to lose. Langer waved his arms as his 20-foot birdie putt crawled in on the 167-yard 12th to reach 18 under for a two-stroke advantage over Bean. The lead disappeared when Langer’s tee shot found the sand on the next hole and Bean, playing one hole ahead, tapped in for birdie. They were both at 17 under until Langer regained the lead for good by two-putting for birdie from 40 feet on the par-5 14th. The 55-year-old Bean also is coming off a strong year. He had a nine-stroke win at the seasonending Charles Schwab Cup Championship and also won the Regions Charity Classic. Gary Player bettered his age of 73 for the third straight day. He shot his second straight 71 after opening with a 70, and tied for 27th.

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The Race P

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layers from 19 countries are currently in position to qualify for the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship at The Ritz Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, in Marana, Arizona from February 23-March 1. With the top 64 players in the Official World Golf Ranking qualifying as of Monday, February 16, the Accenture Match Play Championship will once again bring the world’s leading players together in head-tohead competition with 47 of the this week's top 64 now in European Tour Membership. The United States has 17 players currently qualified; including FBR Open champion Kenny Perry, Anthony Kim, who will be playing in his first-ever Accenture Match Play Championship, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk and Boo Weekley. It remains to be seen if World Number One Tiger Woods will return from injury to defend his 2008 Accenture Match Play Championship title.

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the 2009 season by winning the MercedesBenz Championship. Ogilvy, the champion in 2006, has compiled a won 11-lost two record in three starts and ranks third in all-time earnings in Accenture Match Play Championship history with more than $2.1 million. Other notables from Down Under include Adam Scott, Robert Allenby, Stuart Appleby and Aaron Baddeley. England, with seven players currently qualified, brings the likes of Lee Westwood, Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Luke Donald to Arizona at the end of the month. Ernie Els, Trevor Immelman, Retief Goosen and former University of Arizona graduate Rory Sabbatini lead the group of seven players from South Africa who are currently qualified. Three players from Sweden are within the top 64, including 2007 Accenture Match Play Championship winner Henrik Stenson. Stenson has accumulated a won 12- lost two

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record in three appearances at the Accenture Match Play Championship, earning more than $2 million in that time. Padraig Harrington, who has now won three Major Championships in the past two seasons, is certainly the headliner from Ireland, but it is Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, 19, who catches the eye. McIlroy won his first professional title at the Dubai Desert Classic on Sunday, moving him to Number 16 in the World Ranking and will be playing in his first Accenture Match Play Championship. Other countries currently represented in the standings include Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Denmark, Fiji, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan and Thailand. Lin Wen-Tang, winner of the UBS Hong Kong Open and currently ranked Number 49 in the world, will be the first Chinese Taipei player to qualify for and compete in a World Golf Championships event.

“The World Golf Championships are a summit for golf’s best players from around the world,” said Executive Director Wade Dunagan. “You see countries like Taiwan represented at this event for the first time or the fact that more than 73 percent of the players currently qualified are from countries outside the United States and you understand the stretch the game of golf has globally. The World Golf Championships help bring all of these countries together.” The top 64 available players from the Official World Golf Ranking released on Monday, February 16, will qualify for this year’s event as the tournament returns to Arizona for the third year, but this time at a new golf course. Tiger Woods won the 2008 World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship for his 15th victory at a World Golf Championships event.

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Harrington Is The ‘Favorite’ At Buick


“That’s what I’m saying, It’s not that I’ll be making a better swing in the summer, but I’ll have a better concept of where I’m at. I’ll be able to tell on Wednesday what’s going to come out tomorrow. This time of the year, I’m not sure where my strengths are or what I’m trying to avoid.”

the media center. Reaching the crest of the fifth fairway, staring below at the green, the cliffs and the Pacific Ocean, Harrington caught himself. And when one of his amateur partners asked him to list his favorite golf course in America (not counting Augusta National), Harrington listed the next three tournaments on his schedule – Torrey Pines, Pebble Beach and Riviera, the only time in PGA Tour history that three straight tournaments are held at U.S. Open venues. He takes a two-month break from tournament golf during the winter, but he is always working, always refining his swing to find a way to make it better. He concedes that it takes time for the moving parts to get in sync. In some respects, Harrington filled the void when Woods missed the second half of the season with knee surgery, at least in performance. He won the British Open, the first major without Woods since he turned pro. Harrington was Tiger-like in winning consecutive majors. And just like Woods, his performance in the Ryder Cup was not up to par. But the biggest difference is the start to his season. The earliest Harrington has won in a season was the 2005 Honda Classic, held in March, but that was his fourth straight start. Harrington made his 2009 debut three weeks ago in Abu Dhabi and tied for fifth, a pleasant surprise. But it was a surprise. He is a control freak, getting more satisfaction out of knowing he can hit the proper shot instead of simply seeing a good shot.

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“This is a good example,” he said as he walked down the eighth fairway toward his tee shot, nestled in the rough some 10 yards left of the fairway. “I thought I made a good swing. I felt it would start down the middle. But it started down the left side with a draw. It was a surprise to see it start 10 yards left of where I was aiming.

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e captured more majors than anyone last year, won every player of the year award on golf’s landscape and will make his PGA Tour debut in the Buick Invitational. Instead of Tiger Woods, the feature attraction at Torrey Pines is Harrington, who has won three of the last six majors, including consecutive titles last year in the British Open and PGA Championship. Harrington is No. 3 in the world, the highestranked player at the Buick Invitational by a small

margin over hometown star Phil Mickelson. And while Lefty figures to attract the largest gallery – the security detail that usually follows Woods has been assigned to him – the Irishman was the No. 1 pick at the pro-am draw party. This will be the earliest Harrington has started on the PGA Tour, but he could not think of a better place. He was at Torrey Pines for the U.S. Open last summer, but this is his first time to play the Buick Invitational. He spent his pro-am Wednesday on the North course, which in June was occupied by parking lots, practice areas, corporate tents and

“That’s what I’m saying,” he said. “It’s not that I’ll be making a better swing in the summer, but I’ll have a better concept of where I’m at. I’ll be able to tell on Wednesday what’s going to come out tomorrow. This time of the year, I’m not sure where my strengths are or what I’m trying to avoid.” Harrington often finds himself playing a tournament while preparing for another one, and maybe that’s why he has won three of the last six majors dating to the 2007 British Open. And he has no complaints. “But that was the goal in the winter, to make sure every time I teed it up that I was more sure of where I was. And I’m not sure of anything at the moment,” he said with a laugh. “I failed miserably this week.”

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Maruyama Win Asian Tour’s Q-School

Rory Hie Wrote Yet Another History For Indonesia "I came here this week hoping do my best and I did just that so I am very pleased with my performance. It has been a tough week but a good experience and the result has given me the perfect start to the 2009 season," Maruyama.

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apan's Daisuke Maruyama triumphed in a play-off at the Asian Tour's Qualifying School presented by Sports Authority of Thailand with Mohammad Siddikur and Rory Hie becoming the first Bangladeshi and Indonesian players respectively to earn full playing rights on Saturday. Thanks to steady putting, Maruyama defeated England's Ally Mellor in the second play-off at the St Andrews 2000 course to finish on top of the leaderboard. Colombia's Eduardo Herrera ended his week in third spot after a 69 while South African James Kamte nailed a strong 67 to claim fourth place. Hie emerged as the first Indonesian golfer to earn a card when he finished in a tie for 30th place while Siddikur followed suit when he shot a 76 to finish in joint 33rd place. A total of 40 players earned their cards for the 2009 season. Maruyama, a former US PGA Tour player, carded a 68 for a 353 total and was forced to a play-off after Mellor had birdied the final par five 18th hole in regulation play. After posting matching pars in the first play-off on the 18th hole, Maruyama holed a six feet birdie putt in the second play-off hole to seal the top spot. "I came here this week hoping do my best and I did just that so I am very pleased with my performance. It has been a tough week but a good experience and the result has given me the perfect start to the 2009 season," said Maruyama, with five top-10 finishes on the US PGA Tour.

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England's Mellor, who turned professional in 2004, walked away pleased with his overall performance in the last two weeks. "I've been playing here since the First Stage last week so I am happy with how I competed at the Qualifying School. I'm a bit gutted to lose in the play-off but this is still a good performance overall," said Mellor.

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Siddikur, with two professional wins on the Indian circuit, shot a 76 and was happy to be the first player in his country to compete on the Asian Tour.

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Indonesia's Rory Hie shared a similar sentiment when he made it through the top-40 thanks to a 72 today. "I turned it around today. I met a guy out there who is a teaching professional


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in United States. He gave me some tips which helped me the past couple of days. "I'm really excited to have earned my card on the Asian Tour and look forward to a fruitful year, hopefully even a win if possible," said Hie, who is Indonesia's top ranked golfer. South African James Kamte battled through an injured toe on the way to an impressive 67 to finish in fourth spot "I cut my right toe yesterday and it required 12 stitches. I was not on any painkillers as I didn't want to think about it. It's been a great week and I hope to have a smooth sailing year on the Asian Tour," said Kamte.

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Thailand's Pariya Junhasavasdikul was the highest ranked local finisher when he posted a 69 and ended in a tie for fifth place. "It was a good week, I can't complain. I never expected to finish so strongly and I hope to enjoy a similar ride this year," said the 24-year-old golfer, with three wins on the domestic circuit. After posting a 79 on Friday, Australia's Adam Le Vesconte scorched the course in the final round firing a 67 that included eight birdies against two dropped shots. "After yesterday's debacle, I was an angry man but I calmed down. Today it was nice with a six under total. "This game is so frustrating as one day I can play well and not the next. I am very happy to earn playing rights this season. I had my wife Toni on the bag for the first time this week. It will be her first and last time but it was great to have someone like my wife on the bag as she can calm me down on course," said the Australian golfer, who finished in a tie for 26th place. Finland's Pasi Purhonen and Australia's Bradley Lamb fired similar 71s and narrowly missed the cut when the duo finished in a tie for 41st spot. THE FLAG Edisi 6 No.2 / 2009

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FBR Open

What An Ugly Play-Off

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“It had a little more speed on it than I thought, but then it kind of just hugged right inside that right edge of that hole and sucked it down, Pretty exciting. Pretty nice way to win one.” Perry

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nowadays,” Perry said. “But to me, this was a place I felt like I could always win.” Perry, who had played steadily on a sunny, 72-degree afternoon, seemed likely to win in regulation. Leading by a stroke, all Perry needed was a par on the 18th, a hole he birdied twice and parred once this week. But he drove into a fairway bunker and had to settle for a bogey 5. Perry didn’t panic. He said it reminded him of his victory in last year’s John Deere Classic, when he bogeyed the final hole to lose the lead, then won a one-hole playoff over Jay Williamson and Brad Adamonis. The playoff opened at the 438-yard, par-4 18th, and Hoffman and Perry drove into bunkers and settled for bogeys. The playoff moved to the 403yard, par-4 10th, which Hoffman birdied in each of the first three rounds. Hoffman bombed his tee shot off a cart path and over the green, then chipped to 13 feet. Perry drove into the left rough, then hit an iron 20 feet from the cup. Both players two-putted, and the playoff dragged on to the 17th. That was where, in regulation, Perry had taken a short-lived one-shot lead with a birdie about an hour earlier. This time, Perry drove to the right of the green, then chipped to about 22 feet. Hoffman buried his tee shot in a bunker and somehow chipped to the fringe. “I couldn’t have dreamed of hitting a better shot than I did,” Hoffman said. “I was trying to hit it in the middle of the green and two-putt for par.” Hoffman did that. But he had left open the door for Perry, who calmly rolled in the winner in front of a gallery that had dwindled as spectators left to watch the Super Bowl. He earned $1.08 million.

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“It had a little more speed on it than I thought, but then it kind of just hugged right inside that right edge of that hole and sucked it down,” Perry said. “Pretty exciting. Pretty nice way to win one.”

fter the first two playoff holes, neither Kenny Perry nor Charley Hoffman looked capable of winning the FBR Open. They were 1 over, and it looked as if they might have to play until dark.

“The playoff was ugly,” Perry said. “We were hitting it everywhere, having to scramble from all over the place.” Perry finally finished off Hoffman, making a 22-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole Sunday at TPC Scottsdale. Perry closed with a 2-under 69 to match Hoffman (67) at 14-under 270. It was the 13th PGA Tour victory for Perry, the 48-year-old from Kentucky who won three times last year and played on the winning U.S. Ryder Cup team. Perry blew a chance to win in regulation, bogeying the final hole.

Kevin Na (68) finished third at 13 under. Na rallied from six strokes back, but barely missed an 8-foot putt on the 18th hole that would have put him in the playoff. Na was briefly overcome with emotion after he missed the putt. After signing his scorecard, he said he was proud of himself for bouncing back from two bogeys in the first three holes. Na has played well at the FBR Open, tying for second in 2005 and fourth last year. This was Perry’s 22nd straight FBR Open – and his first victory. At 48, Perry became the oldest player to win the event. Julius Boros was 46 when he won in 1967. “It feels kind of funny playing with all these young kids

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In the playoff, Perry and Hoffman bogeyed and parred the first two extra holes. Perry then rolled in the long putt on the 332-yard, par-4 17th to end the second straight playoff in the event. “Kenny gave me a few opportunities, I gave him a few opportunities, and he happened to close the door,” said Hoffman, who has one PGA Tour victory, the 2007 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic.

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Skip For W Better Changes

orld No. 1 Lorena Ochoa, before she departed from the Annika Celebration in Orlando earlier this week, revealed pertinent details of her earlyseason schedule, her off-season swing changes and her post-season wedding plans.

“I’m trying to keep my backswing in a better line, Sometimes I cross the line. This (stronger left hand grip) gives me a better position at the top to be more consistent, It’s a little bigger, and I think that will help me have a better stroke – more on line ” Ochoa.

For the second straight year, Ochoa will skip the LPGA’s first event of the 2009 schedule, the SBS Open at Turtle Bay, Feb. 12-14. Ochoa will begin her LPGA campaign two weeks after that in Thailand at the Honda LPGA Thailand followed by the HSBC Women’s Champions in Singapore. Two weeks after that the women are in Mexico from where they go to the Phoenix area. Then it’s on to the year’s first major, where Ochoa will defend at the Kraft Nabisco Championship. Ochoa plans to play all three of those. She has completed much of her off-season work with her coach in Mexico, former PGA Tour player Rafael Alarcon. Last year it was mostly short game work in the off-season. This time they worked on strengthening Ochoa’s left hand on the grip. “It’s a little stronger position and it helps me a lot with my backswing, my takeaway,” Ochoa said. Helps how? “I’m trying to keep my backswing in a better line,” she explained. “Sometimes I cross the line. This (stronger left hand grip) gives me a better position at the top to be more consistent.”Ochoa also said she is in the process of switching to a Ping “Piper” putter. “It’s a little bigger,” she said. “And I think that will help me have a better stroke – more on line.” “I’m excited about the changes,” she said. “Right now I need to play some more golf before my season starts. But I think I’m going in the right direction.” In 2007 Ochoa ranked 51st in driving accuracy. That rank dropped to T100 in 2008. Two years ago she was 25th in putting average. Last year she was 32nd. She won five of her first six events in 2008, but only one more after May.

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On the wedding front, she has appointed her sister, Daniela, as her wedding planner. “I just told her to do a great job and I will be there,” said Ochoa, who plans a full schedule of tournament golf before the December nuptials. Ochoa is engaged to be married to Andres Conesa, the director general of Aeromexico airlines, one of Ochoa’s sponsors.

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Gearing Up For The Return

"Many people have asked me if my swing has changed since the surgery, and the answer is no. I'm doing all the things I've been trying to do for a long time, but I can actually hit into my left leg without my bones moving. … It is so much better than it ever has been because my bones aren't grinding against each other," Woods.

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iger Woods has been working hard with swing coach Hank Haney, and while he says his leg is as strong as ever, his “golf stamina” is not quite there yet.

"I'm full-bore with my practice sessions and have no restrictions; it's just a matter of getting my golf endurance up. I don't have my golf stamina back yet," said Woods. "Many people have asked me if my swing has changed since the surgery, and the answer is no. I'm doing all the things I've been trying to do for a long time, but I can actually hit into my left leg without my bones moving. … It is so much better than it ever has been because my bones aren't grinding against each other," added the world’s No. 1. Woods discussed the impending birth of his second child, which is due sometime next week, saying that would have a major impact on when he returns to action. "As for my comeback to the PGA Tour, a lot depends on the baby, which is due pretty soon. That takes precedent over anything I do golfwise,” he said. “Elin, Sam and I are very excited for the new baby to arrive, although that's when the real lack of sleep begins." Woods also talked about his recent visit to Washington, D.C., and his meeting with newlyelected President Barack Obama.

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rmed with a new putter at a familiar venue, Ernie Els was hoping the Dubai Desert Classic will boost his ranking and provide him with a much needed win.

With Tiger Woods still recovering from knee surgery, Els is favored to win the tournament, at the Majlis course at Emirates Golf Club. Now No. 12 in the world, the 39-year-old South African is the only three-time champion of the Dubai Desert Classic, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. Els’ worst finish in the last eight years came in 2008, when he tied for third.

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“I’m playing OK, but I’m not scoring very well,” Els said. “I played pretty well at Mercedes event in Hawaii, but … I think I put a little bit of doubt

in my head. The last couple weeks I haven’t been very comfortable on the greens.

think he’ll be OK. And knowing him, he will be as strong as ever.

“I’m looking at a new putter, and I’ve been working quite hard on my putting,” Els added. Sergio Garcia, Henrik Stenson, Robert Karlsson and Lee Westwood were also in the field.

“Obviously, putting a knife into your body is going to weaken some points, but the knee itself is going to be as strong as it was,” Els said. “The initial practice sessions, for maybe a month or two, you will be keeping your weight a little bit off it. … I think your brain and your body need to kind of connect there.”

Despite the absence of Woods, the tournament’s defending champion, Els said he expected the American to continue dominating the game when he returns. “When he starts playing in March, I don’t think you’ll see a much different Tiger,” said Els, who had his own knee surgery in 2007. “He won the U.S. Open on one leg. He’s pretty talented, so I

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Monty To Lead European Team At Ryder Cup Pavin For The Americans

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ust call him Captain Monty. “It’s not just an honor but a huge responsibility as well,” Colin Montgomerie said after being chosen to captain Europe’s team for next year’s Ryder Cup in Wales. “It is important we do everything we can to claim back the Ryder Cup in Wales in 2010.” Montgomerie is Europe’s second most successful Ryder Cup player behind Nick Faldo with 20 wins, nine losses and seven halves for 23 1/2 points. He was picked over Jose Maria Olazabal, Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam. Montgomerie has played on eight Ryder Cup teams, winning five times. He was left off the team that lost to the United States last year at Valhalla.

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“It became very obvious in the discussions in Abu Dhabi that we wanted the right man for 2010 and as that meeting progressed Colin’s name came more and more into the frame,” said Thomas Bjorn, the chairman of the Ryder Cup tournament committee. “At one stage we thought about naming two captains but we felt that we should concentrate on one captain at a time.”

“It’s not just an honor but a huge responsibility as well, It is important we do everything we can to claim back the Ryder Cup in Wales in 2010.” Colin Montgomerie Montgomerie will be 47 when the competition starts at Celtic Manor in September 2010, making him Europe’s youngest captain. The United States has already chosen Corey Pavin as its captain. He will be 50 at the time. Montgomerie made his Ryder Cup debut in 1991, and has played alongside greats such as Faldo and Seve Ballesteros. “I dreamed this opportunity might come my way, but far-off dreams I must admit,” Montgomerie said. “We speak here 17, 18 years later and here it is.” Only a few weeks ago, Montgomerie had been hoping to be a part of Europe’s team as a player. “It just seems the time is right for me to take the helm here and be captain,” he said. “I will not in any way, shape or form come close to qualifying for the team.” As for the 2012 Ryder Cup, Montgomerie is already hoping he will have a chance to play again. “I don’t believe I cannot compete in 2012. That is now my aim,” Montgomerie said. “But we’re concentrating today on 2010 and that’s where we are.”

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hil Mickelson tied for 121st. Nick Watney was all alone at the top of the crowded leaderboard.

On a day local favorite Mickelson missed the projected cut by seven strokes, Watney shot an 8-under 63 to take the secondround lead at the FBR Open on Friday. Play was called due to darkness with three players, all above the cut line, still on the course.

36th that week. Watney entered Friday five strokes off the lead but roared into contention with two eagles in a three-hole stretch. The first came on the par-5, 595-yard 13th hole and the second on the par-5, 552yard 15th. Watney also had four birdies, including three in a row on the front nine.

At 9 under through two rounds, Watney had a one-stroke lead over Charley Hoffman, Matt Kuchar and first-round co-leader James Nitties. Kenny Perry and Cameron Beckman were two shots back. “I was hitting the ball close, and I kept telling my caddie just to get me on the green any way and I felt like I could hole it,” Watney said.

He attributed his hot putting to work he did in the offseason, when he tried to simplify his approach and “putt like you did when you were a kid.” “You tell a kid to hit it at that spike mark and he’ll do it, so that’s what I’ve been trying to do,” Watney said.

Watney matched his career-low round, a first-round 63 in the 2008 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. He tied for

Watney is contending for his second Tour victory; his first came at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans two years ago.

This is the first time Mickelson has missed the cut in his season debut in a pro career that began in 1992. But Mickelson said rust wasn’t a factor. “I feel I hit the ball fairly solid,” Mickelson said. “I just made some errors here and there.” If recent history is any indication, Mickelson may be right where he needs to be. Two years ago, he missed the cut here and bounced back to win at Pebble Beach one week later. Last year, he missed the cut at Pebble Beach and won the Northern Trust Open the next week. The Tour’s next stop is the Buick Invitational at Torrey Pines, near Mickelson’s home. Mickelson wasn’t the only big name to make an early exit. Anthony Kim, the world’s No. 9 player, finished at 4 over and 10th-ranked Camilo Villegas was 1 over. Hoffman was excited about making the cut at the FBR Open for the first time in three tries.

Mickelson usually fares well in this event, although he has missed the cut here twice in the last three years. Mickelson is the leading money-winner in FBR/Phoenix Open history with $2,452,814 earned in 20 years.

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orean teenager Noh Seung-yul fired a stunning 10-under-par 62 to snatch the first round lead at the Maybank Malaysian Open on Thursday. The highly talented 17-year-old, the Asian Tour’s rookie of the year last season, hit top form at Saujana Golf and Country Club’s Palm course, sinking an eagle and nine birdies to lead by one stroke from playing partner Alexander Noren of Sweden. Chinese star Liang Wen-chong, the 2007 Asian number one, carded a 65 to lie in tied third place alongside Frenchman Jean-Francois Lucquin, who was runner-up here two years ago. A fine 66 from Danny Chia saw him carry the Malaysian challenge as he ended the day in a share of fifth place with England’s Nick Dougherty and Australian Adam Blyth. However, world number 11 Anthony Kim of the United States struggled on the greens in his Maybank Malaysian Open debut and signed for a 78 while two-time champion Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand carded a 69 to lie seven strokes off the pace. Noh has taken Asian golf by storm after winning the Midea China Classic and registering three other runner-up finishes en route to 10th place on the Order of Merit last season. Although his sizzling 62 was two shots better than the Saujana course mark, it will not be considered an official record as the preferred lie ruling was in operation. But Noh was elated to end the day atop the leaderboard.

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“I didn’t make any mistake and putted really well. I’m happy but you don’t win a tournament on the first day,” said Noh. “The course is not playing easy. It’s a tough course but I played extremely well. I had a lot of good fortune.” Noh Seung-yul

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An unlikely birdie on his opening hole at the par four 10th where he holed a 45-footer for birdie got Noh on his way but it was Noren who set the early pace with a blistering outward 30. The young Korean however came in strongly with a 31 to edge past the Swede. “Alexander played well at the start. I wasn’t thinking of beating him but I just tried to catch him. He pushed me along,” said Noh. The Korean eagled the par five seventh hole with a superb two iron approach from 250 yards that landed 15 feet from the flag and then rolled in another 12-footer on the demanding eighth hole to seal his lead in the US$2 million event, sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour. “The eagle on seven was pretty special. But 10 under today, every moment was a highlight. Every shot was a highlight,” beamed Noh. Noren, who is searching for his first win, opened with four straight birdies but was forced to play


“I putted well and struck the ball well. I only missed a couple of shots which is quite important here, The course is not playing as difficult as before as the rough is down and the greens are receptive to good shots,” Liang. second-best to Noh. “He was just unbelievable. I seemed to be one ahead of him all day but then he birdied four, eagled seven and birdied eight to get one ahead of me. I had a lot of fun out there,” said Noren. Liang was delighted to stay hot on the leader’s heels with his nine-birdie round. It was especially rewarding as the Chinese ace had to pull out of two events in the Middle East last month following a recurrence of an old wrist injury. “I putted well and struck the ball well. I only missed a couple of shots which is quite important here,” said Liang. “The course is not playing as difficult as before as the rough is down and the greens are receptive to good shots,” said Liang.

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Chia, who held the joint lead at the halfway stage last year, was thrilled to have another chance to contend at the Maybank Malaysian Open. “This is probably the best round I’ve shot here in Saujana,” said Chia, whose card included a superb inward 31. Wielding a conventional putter since the start of the year, Chia came to grips with Saujana’s tricky greens. “I putted well and I was lucky over a few holes. I missed a putt on the fifth which cost me a bogey but everything turned around from there and I was putting well again,” said Chia, who is hoping to become the first Malaysian to win the national Open. Kim was disappointed with his start. “It was a very bad day at the office but, you know what, my ball striking was as good as it has been for the last couple of months. Obviously I putted like I couldn’t see which was unfortunate but we’ll get them tomorrow,” said the Ryder Cup star.

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Liang Wen-chong (PRC), Jean-Francois Lucquin (Fra)

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Danny Chia (Mas), Nick Dougherty (Eng), Adam Blyth (Aus)

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Airil Rizman (Mas) Rhys Davies (Wal), Juvic Pagunsan (Phi)

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Ross Bain (Sco), Mitchell Brown (Aus), Andrew Coltart (Sco), Klas Eriksson (Swe) Jose Manuel Lara (ESP), Mikael Lundberg (Swe)

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Thongchai Jaidee (Tha), S.S.P. Chowrasia (Ind), Shingo Katayama (Jpn)

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ocal hero Danny Chia soared on eagle’s wings to race into a three-shot halfway lead at the US$2 million Maybank Malaysian Open on Friday.The 36-yearold, who is hoping to become the first Malaysian to win the event, conquered the Saujana Golf and Country Club’s Palm course by firing two spectacular eagles on his inward nine en route to a seven-under-par 65. Chia’s two-day total of 13-under-par 131 was well clear of Sweden’s Alexander Noren who carded a 71 while overnight leader Noh Seungyul of Korea, who opened with a 62, struggled to a 73 to lie four back in third place. A topsyturvy 71 left Chinese star Liang Wen-chong well positioned in a share of fourth place alongside Australian Adam Blyth and English pair Nick Dougherty and Simon Griffiths on 136. World number 11 Anthony Kim of the United States produced a flawless 65 to make the halfway cut right on the 143 mark, a day after opening with a disastrous 78. But the limelight truly belonged to Chia. Four other birdies against a lone bogey in the co-sanctioned Asian Tour and European Tour event gave him a sense of déjà vu as he was also the joint second round leader at last year’s event.

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“I played really good. I am very happy,” said Chia, whose lone Tour victory dates back to the 2002 Taiwan Open. “I kept telling myself to be calm out there. My biggest fear is to not get too emotional.” He delighted his army of fans with two sensational strikes. He produced a monster drive at the par four fourth 303-yard hole that landed a foot of the flag and then holed out a wedge from 90 yards at the par five seventh hole on his inward nine. “The wedge shot was probably my best this year. That was nice,” said Chia, who tossed his club into the air after the ball disappeared into the ground. “I used a three wood on four yesterday. But I was pumped up (after turning in 32) and I took a chance with my driver which gave me a lift.”


“I found it quite hot playing in the afternoon and struggled with my concentration. Anything can happen on this course. We saw a 10-under yesterday. Tomorrow will be an important day,” Liang.

Noren, chasing his first career victory, felt he left a few shots out on the course. “I probably hit the ball better than I did yesterday,” said the Swede. “(But) I putted as badly today as I did well yesterday. You can’t have 22 putts one day and then 36 the next.” Noh, playing with Noren, also endured a frustrating day on the greens to slip out of the lead. “I didn’t putt very well. I missed a few chances but my troubles were mainly due to my poor tee shots. I was hitting it left and right with the driver and three wood and found myself under the trees quite often. You can’t find the flags from there,” said the 17-year-old, last season’s Asian Tour Rookie of the Year. Liang, the Asian Tour’s number one in 2007, is looking to improve on his joint eighth finish at the Malaysian Open achieved four years ago at Saujana after a battling round which included five birdies against four bogeys. “I found it quite hot playing in the afternoon and struggled with my concentration. Anything can happen

on this course. We saw a 10-under yesterday. Tomorrow will be an important day,” said Liang. Ryder Cup star Kim fought back brilliantly with a seven-birdie, including one on his final hole, round to survive the cut. “I was pretty embarrassed with how I scored yesterday and not making a birdie. I played some good golf and fortunately on the back nine, some of those putts went in,” he said. A total of 74 players qualified for the weekend rounds after the cut was made at 143. Leading Second Round Scores 131 Danny Chia (Mas) 66-65 134 Alexander Noren (Swe) 63-71 135 Noh Seung-yul (Kor) 62-73 136 Simon Griffiths (Eng) 70-66, Nick Dougherty (Eng) 70-66, Adam Blyth (Aus) 66-70, Liang Wen-chong (PRC) 65-71 137 Simon Dyson (Eng) 71-66, Jean-Francois Lucquin (Fra) 65-72 138 Scott Barr (Aus) 71-67, Phillip Archer (Eng) 69-69, Gareth Maybin (NIR) 69-69 139 Mars Pucay (Phi) 69-70, Prom Meesawat (Tha) 70-69, Shiv Kapur (Ind) 70-69, Prayad Marksaeng (Tha) 69-70, Oliver Fisher (Eng) 69-70, Stephen Leaney (Aus) 70-69, Marcus Fraser (Aus) 72-67

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No Malaysian has won the event in its 48-year history and Chia harbours dreams of becoming the first player to do so. With last year’s memories still lingering in his mind where he stumbled in the third round, Chia is determined to get the job done this time. “I am going to be nervous and I would be lying if I told you otherwise. I’ll be taking a few deep breaths and walking a bit slower in between shots,” he said.

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Now, Australian Adam Blyth Took The Lead “I think what I’ve been doing this week is staying in my game, staying in my process and staying in my routine. I usually get ahead of myself thinking that I can win. If I can stay in the process and give it my best, we’ll see what happens. I can’t control what the other guys do,” said Blyth, who knocked in an eagle, six birdies against two bogeys.

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ustralian Adam Blyth renewed his love affair with the Maybank Malaysian Open when he snatched a one-shot lead after the third round on Saturday. The talented Australian, who finished tied 14th in his professional debut at Malaysia’s flagship event in 2005, produced a superb six-under-par 66 to lead from Chinese star Liang Wen-chong, who carded a 67 and Sweden’s Alexander Noren who returned a 69.

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The final round promises to be a thriller with a jam-packed leaderboard at Saujana Golf and Country Club. Thai star Prayad Marksaeng (65), American Anthony Kang (64) and England’s Miles Tunnicliff (63) are two shots off the pace while overnight leader Danny Chia of Malaysia was a further stroke behind after a 74 to lie alongside India’s Shiv Kapur, who shot a 66. Blyth has fond memories of Malaysia and on Valentine’s Day, he produced a magnificent

display to flirt once more with a first career victory at the US$2 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour. “It would mean a lot. My first pro event was here and I finished well so it was a good start to my career. It would mean the world if I can win any tournament, but here will be great. But it’s a long way away and we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves,” said the 27-year-old Asian Tour regular, who holds the lead on 14-under-par 202. With his father Stephen on his bag, Blyth has registered 11 career top-10s in the region over the past four years and knows the door that leads to a career breakthrough must open sooner or later. “I think what I’ve been doing this week is staying in my game, staying in my process and

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staying in my routine. I usually get ahead of myself thinking that I can win. If I can stay in the process and give it my best, we’ll see what happens. I can’t control what the other guys do,” said Blyth, who knocked in an eagle, six birdies against two bogeys.

great if I can do it. I’m really keen to get my way back to the Masters (by being in the top-50 at the end of March) and it would also be good for my confidence as I’ll be heading to America for two World Golf Championships events next month,” he said.

Malaysian to win the tournament.

Liang, Asia’s number one in 2007, has the pedigree to deny Blyth. The Chinese enjoyed a terrific finish with two closing birdies to sneak behind the new tournament leader on a sunbaked day.

Chia staggered off the 18th green with a twoover round but he was delighted to still be in the hunt. Last year, he also led after the second day but crashed out with an 80. “When I first headed out, I told myself to take whatever happens out there. I told myself to play my best and not get too far behind the leaders,” said Chia, who is bidding to become the first

202 Adam Blyth (AUS) 66-70-66

“I was steady off the tee and my putting was also very good. I will try my best and hope to secure a good result. In golf, anything can happen. But I feel relaxed and calm and will head out with a similar approach in the final day,” said Liang, who is chasing a third career win.

“Last year I finished the entire event on the third day. So it’s nice that I’m still in with a chance. I will be trying very hard again tomorrow.” Leading Third Round Scores 203 Liang Wen-Chong (CHN) 65-71-67, Alexander Noren (SWE) 63-71-69 204 Miles Tunnicliff (ENG) 71-70-63, Anthony Kang (USA) 74-66-64, Prayad Marksaeng (THA) 69-70-65 205 Shiv Kapur (IND) 70-69-66, Danny Chia (MAS) 66-65-74 206 Jyoti Randhawa (IND) 71-69-66, Noh Seung-yul (KOR) 62-73-71 207 Peter Lawrie (IRL) 72-68-67, Gareth Maybin (NIR) 69-69-69, Simon Griffiths (ENG) 70-66-71

Noren holed an audacious 30-foot birdie putt at the last hole which kept him in Sunday’s final group. “It was good – it actually felt a lot longer than it was because it was uphill and against the grain. I actually thought to myself ‘if I smash it, it might get there’ so I gave it everything and it was nice to see it dropping,” said the Swede.

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Smooth-swinging Thai Prayad enjoyed a grandstand finish with a chip-in eagle and birdie in his last two holes which left him two back. “I had 30 yards to the pin on 17 and hit a wedge that rolled in. It was lucky. On 18, I rolled in a nine footer and it was good to get that closer to the lead,” said the Thai.

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merican Anthony Kang ended an eight-year title drought when he triumphed at the Maybank Malaysian Open with a heroic lasthole birdie on Sunday. The Asian Tour regular held his nerve on a nail-biting final round at Saujana Golf and Country Club to pick up his third and biggest career victory after a five-under-par 67 gave him a winning total of 17-under-par 271. He had bogeyed the 15th hole to slip back into a tie of the lead in the US$2 million event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour but produced a majestic birdie on the par five 18th hole to overcome the challenges of India’s Jyoti Randhawa, Thailand’s Prayad Marksaeng and Englishmen David Horsey and Miles Tunnicliff by a single shot. “I actually dreamt last night that I wont the tournament but I have those sort of dreams quite often!” said Kang. “It feels great to have beaten a strong field here – it hasn’t quite sunk in yet but it is an amazing feeling. “I’ve been playing here since 1996 or 1997 and to finally win this event, I’m speechless. Malaysia feels like where I started playing my golf and to win this tournament is great.” Starting the day two off the lead, Kang turned in 33 with some glorious play which included long birdie conversions on the sixth and eighth holes to lead by one stroke. But the quality of golf that came through meant that no fewer than eight players were in with a chance of winning the title down the back straight. But Kang showed his mettle after his bogey on 15. Knowing that he needed to birdie the 18th hole to win, he struck two mighty blows to reach the green in two and then safely two-putted for birdie from 45 feet to win the

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“I actually dreamt last night that I wont the tournament but I have those sort of dreams quite often!, It feels great to have beaten a strong field here – it hasn’t quite sunk in yet but it is an amazing feeling. I’ve been playing here since 1996 or 1997 and to finally win this event, I’m speechless. Malaysia feels like where I started playing my golf and to win this tournament is great.” Kang


top cheque of US$333,330, and also his first European Tour title. “That last putt from a foot and a half, I knew it was pretty simple. It’s nice to have a putt like that to win,” said Kang. “In the last three rounds, I only made one bogey. After I hit into the water on 15, I told myself let’s try to finish this off with a bogey and not to put my head down. Fortunately, I hit a good shot in there to make bogey,” said Kang, whose last title was the 2001 Myanmar Open.

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to hole a 50-foot eagle chance on the last to get to 17-under-par but came up short in his bid for an eighth career win. “I had to shoot around eight under to win but I came close. I needed to make birdies coming in but I was happy. Anthony played great, he deserves it,” said Randhawa, who closed with a 66. Horsey set the clubhouse target with a superb 64, which included a homeward 29 but came

Kang’s playing partner Prayad was also fighting tooth-and-nail for victory but a costly three-putt bogey on the 16th hole and a poor drive on 18th cost him dearly as he signed off with a 68. “I just hit a poor putt (on 16) and had a chance for eagle on 17 but didn’t make it as well. On 18, I knew I needed to make birdie but hooked my drive and the ball ended in the bunker and all I could do was wedge it out. I didn’t have a realistic chance from nearly 30 feet for the birdie putt,” said the Thai star.

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David Horsey (ENG) 71-68-69-64, Jyoti Randhawa (IND) 71-69-66-66, Miles Tunnicliff (ENG) 71-70-63-68, Prayad Marksaeng (THA) 69-70-65-68

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Gareth Maybin (NIR) 69-69-69-66

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Louis Oosthuizen (RSA) 70-71-68-65, Liang Wen-chong (CHN) 65-71-67-71, Alexander Noren (SWE) 63-71-69-71

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Adam Blyth (AUS) 66-70-66-73

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James Kamte (RSA) 70-72-68-66, Johan Edfors (SWE) 69-71-68-68, Noh Seungyul (KOR) 62-73-71-70, Danny Chia (MAS) 66-65-74-71

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Nick Dougherty (ENG) 66-70-72-69

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Raphael Jacquelin (FRA) 74-69-7362, Klas Eriksson (SWE) 68-75-69-66, Angelo Que (PHI) 73-70-69-66, Ross Mcgowan (ENG) 70-70-71-67, Simon Dyson (ENG) 71-66-73-68

up one short in the end. “I would have certainly taken that score at the start of the day but then there is a little bit of disappointment not to win having gone so close,” said the Englishman.

Randhawa charged up the leaderboard in style but came up one short in the end. He needed

Tunnicliff felt he had a chance after seeing Kang dump his approach into the water on 15. “I was a little nervous at the start of the day but I felt great coming down the stretch. I birdied three of the last four which was great to do in the circumstances. I saw Anthony hitting it in the water in 15 and I thought that I still had a chance. I just went for it and couldn’t have done much more about it,” he said.

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“I just hit a poor putt (on 16) and had a chance for eagle on 17 but didn’t make it as well. On 18, I knew I needed to make birdie but hooked my drive and the ball ended in the bunker and all I could do was wedge it out. I didn’t have a realistic chance from nearly 30 feet for the birdie putt,” Prayad Marksaeng

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ichelle Wie seemed to have the trophy in her grasp until Angela Stanford and a late stumble got in the way. Stanford spoiled Wie’s bid for a victory in her first start as an LPGA Tour member, overcoming a three-stroke deficit to win the season-opening SBS Open by three shots Saturday. Stanford closed with a 2-under 70 for a 10-under 206 total at wind-swept Turtle Bay, giving the Texan her fourth career win and third in seven starts. Wie had a disappointing 73 for her second straight runner-up finish in the tournament. “Missing the trophy by a little bit is going to motivate me to work even harder for the next one,” said Wie, who hasn’t won since claiming the USGA Women’s Amateur Public Links Championships at age 13. The 19-year-old hometown favorite was cruising along, but made a double bogey on No. 11 that gave Stanford the opening she needed. “I just had one bad hole,” Wie said. “I’m kind of disappointed in that. But there’s a lot of positive things I can take from this week.” Down by a stroke with six holes to play, Stanford used her irons to shoot her way back to the top of the leaderboard. She birdied three straight holes to reach 10 under and take a two-stroke lead over Wie with three holes to play. The first birdie putt in the run, set up by a 5-iron into a brisk right-to-left wind, was from 15 feet.

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on No. 16, but lipped out a 3 1/2 -foot birdie putt. She then bogeyed No. 17 by hitting into the sand twice. Stanford broke a big smile and was drenched with beer by other players after tapping in for birdie on 18. The win was surprising because she didn’t feel quite ready to start the season. The 31-year-old Stanford was the hottest player on tour to end the season and has emerged as one of the top golfers in the world. In the final six events of 2008, she won twice and finished no lower than a tie for sixth. She is ranked No. 8. Stanford is off to a fast start after coming off a career-best season where she broke $1 million for the first time and finished ninth on the money list. Wie appeared to be sailing away with the SBS title after the turn. She went up by three strokes with eight holes to play when Stanford ran into trouble around the green and bogeyed the par4 10th. Even Stanford had doubts whether she could recover.

Wie. “She’s got all the shots. Once she figures things out, she is going to be just fine.” Conditions at Turtle Bay were breezy for a second straight day with a few passing showers. Players tried to stay conservative with the wind. Wie took sole possession of the lead when Stanford missed a 3-foot birdie putt on the par-3 eighth. The uncharacteristic mistake was Stanford’s lone bogey of the tournament. Wie went up by two strokes at the turn by sinking an 18-foot birdie putt that had the gallery packed three deep around the ninth green cheering wildly. The lead could’ve been bigger but Stanford was able to scramble for par. Stanford’s drive bounced on the fairway and sailed left, through the crowd and over the cart path. Her ball came to rest at the roots of a large tree. She took a drop but went up-and-down to save par.

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The crowd that followed the final group was almost as entertaining as the golf. The gallery ranged from Wie’s former classmates to real sumo wrestlers complete with topknots to stars from ABC drama “Lost,” which is filmed on Oahu’s North Shore. Brazilian-born Angela Park struggled in the tradewinds and had a 75 to tie for third with South Korea’s Na Yeon Choi (69) at 4-under 212, six strokes behind Stanford. Taiwan’s Yani Tseng (72), the 2008 rookie of the year, and Japan’s Ai Miyazato (71) were 3 under, and Cristie Kerr (69), Sarah Lee (69) and Brittany Lang (73) followed at 2 under.

Wie double bogeyed the par-4 11th, flubbing her 3-wood tee shot into the right marsh and sending her chip short into the rough. That dropped her to 8 under and saw her lead reduced to just a stroke, which Stanford just breezed by. Stanford said that’s when experience over her younger competitor paid off.

Stanford and Wie started the day tied for the lead at 8 under. The last time Wie led going into the final day was at the 2006 U.S. Women’s Open where she was tied with Annika Sorenstam and Brittany Lincicome. Wie ended up tied for third. The finish was Wie’s 14th top-10 in her career and best since the 2006 Evian Ladies Masters. Wie also played the first SBS in 2005 as a 15-yearold amateur and tied for second. Stanford, of Saginaw, Texas, said it’s just a matter of time for

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“That front nine, she didn’t make a mistake. She was doing everything she needed to do win,” Stanford said. “When she made the mistake on 11, she didn’t rebound. … You could see her youth. In that she didn’t rebound as fast as she could have, I think.”

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(69) and Lee Chang-hee (73). Lee led after each of the second and third rounds and took a onestroke lead into Sunday. Australian Katherine Hull (70), who won last week’s Australian Masters, finished tied for sixth with Webb. Two Americans who trailed Lee by one stroke into the final round faded badly. Former star amateur Alison Walshe was tied for 16th after a 78 and Beth Allen was tied for 26th after an 80. The top American was Diana D’Alessio, who tied for 13th after a 75, seven strokes behind Davies.

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Davies Wins 2nd Australian Open

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the clubhouse. But Elosegui (70) had a doublebogey six on the 18th to give Davies the title. Australia’s Karrie Webb was tied for sixth after a 74, five strokes back.Davies won her 29th career Ladies European Tour title and also has 20 victories on the LPGA Tour, including five majors. “In these conditions, you’ve just got to take what you can get,” Davies said. “I had a stupid threeputt (for bogey on the par-3 11th), but overall I played well, played solid.”Another English golfer, Melissa Reid, was tied for third after a 69 Sunday, level with South Koreans Choi He-yong

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Sarmilih KZ

Champhion Of Emeralda Mercedes - Benz Fascination Golf Tournament


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utting indah yang diselesaikan Ilyassyak dari jarak 4.5 meter di hole 10 Emeralda Golf Club dalam pertarungan sudden death play off melawan pegolf Sawangan Sarmilih KZ, ternyata belum mampu membawanya ke tangga juara Emeralda Mercedes-Benz Fascination Golf Tournament yang digelar dari tanggal 10 – 11 Pebruari 2009. Pasalnya semua spectator yang mengikuti jalannya ‘duel’ dua pegolf kawakan Indonesia tersebut seperti sudah merasa yakin bahwa play off itu memang sudah menjadi ‘milik’ Sarmilih, ketika drive shot Ilyassyak melenceng ke area OB sebelah kiri fairway di hole dengan par 4 tersebut. Sarmilih langsung mengangkat tangannya tinggi – tinggi selepas berhasil memasukkan bolanya kedalam lubang dari jarak satu meter untuk meraih par, sekaligus gelar ‘nationwide’ ke empat sepanjang karir profesionalnya. Kemenangan ini juga menjadikannya sebagai satu – satunya pegolf profesional Indonesia yang sejak tahun 2006 selalu meraih juara setiap tahunnya, dimana Sarmilih membuka gelarnya dengan menjuarai 2006 Camry Invitational Pro – Am di Jagorawi. Di tahun berikutnya ia menjuarai Matoa PGPI Tour 2007 di Padang Golf Matoa Nasional. Selanjutnya Sarmilih juga menjadi juara dalam seri pembuka PGPI tour 2008 dengan memenangkan Krakatau Pro Golf Championship di Cilegon.

Sarmilih dan Ilyassyak berhasil menutup putaran pertama mereka dengan skor 72 (even par). Ilyass yang bermain dalam champions flight ke 2 bersama Johannes Dermawan dan I Ketut Sugiarta di putaran ke dua, nampak bermain kurang lepas dengan perolehan skor 73. Sementara walaupun sama – sama memperoleh skor 73 dihari ke dua, Sarmilih terlihat bermain lebih rileks bersama kompatriotnya dalam Fortis International Championship tahun 2008 lalu,

Sarmilih langsung mengangkat tangannya tinggi – tinggi selepas berhasil memasukkan bolanya kedalam lubang dari jarak satu meter untuk meraih par, sekaligus gelar ‘nationwide’ ke empat sepanjang karir profesionalnya. 66

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Play Off Itu ‘Milik’ Sarmilih !

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Babak sudden death play off memang tidak dapat dihindari oleh kedua pegolf papan atas Indonesia itu, setelah mereka sama – sama mengemas skor total 145 (1 over) sampai akhir putaran ke dua dalam turnamen berhadiah total 150 juta rupiah yang diselenggarakan oleh Emeralda Golf Club untuk memperingati anniversary-nya yang ke 24 tersebut.


Junaidi Ibrahim dan pegolf yang baru sembuh dari cedera panjang, Wahyu ‘Uke’ Hendarman. Ilyassyak hampir saja langsung menjadi juara, jika saja Sarmilih gagal memasukkan bola dalam putting terakhirnya dari jarak empat meter di hole 18. Namun dengan rasa percaya diri yang tinggi pegolf yang dalam setengah tahun terakhir berada dibawah pengawasan langsung ‘boss’ Kariza, Ria Prawiro, ini berhasil menyelesaikannya dengan baik. Bahkan Sarmilih sesungguhnya tidak perlu bersusah payah berjuang dalam babak play off, apabila berhasil menyelesaikan putting jarak satu meter-nya di hole 13 lake course untuk meraih par ketika namanya sudah berada di puncak leader Board bersama Ilyassyak, I ketut Sugiarta dan pegolf amatir asal Korea Chang Tae Hee. Namun sayang, sentuhan putting untuk keunggulan-nya tersebut tertahan hanya kurang lebih satu sentimeter saja dari lubang. Pegolf Asep Caprie Supriyatna yang pada hari pertama memimpin leader board dengan skor 69 (3 under) harus ‘tersungkur’ diputaran kedua

dengan perolehan skor 79 (7 over) hingga harus turun ke posisi tied 9 bersama Burhan Bora. Begitupun pegolf asal Swedia Stephen Lindskog, I ketut Sugiarta dan Johannes Dermawan yang pada hari pertama berhasil menguasai leader board dengan catatan skor dibawah par, nampak kesulitan menghadapi kendala angin kencang yang sangat mempengaruhi perolehan skor di hari kedua sehingga gagal mempertahankan posisi mereka. Sementara pegolf senior Maan Nasim, justru berhasil memperlihatkan grafik permainan yang membaik pada hari ke dua dengan meraih skor 72 (even par), setelah pada hari pertama bermain dengan skor 75 (3 over). Maan yang tengah berkutat dengan penyakit mata yang dideritanya sejak akhir tahun lalu tersebut, akhirnya menduduki posisi tied 6 bersama I Ketut Sugiarta dan Sanusi yang juga bermain cukup baik di putaran ke dua. Yang mengejutkan adalah hadirnya seorang

pegolf amatir asal Korea, Chang Tae Hee, yang sempat berada di puncak leader board sejak putaran pertama hingga first nine di putaran ke dua. Hal itu hampir saja mengulang kejayaan Andik Mauludin saat masih menyandang status amatir di tahun 2007, yang sempat ‘membantai’ para pegolf profesional dalam JAKARTA GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP di tempat yang sama. Namun kondisi mental bertanding Tae Hee ternyata belum sesolid Andik pada saat itu dan harus puas berada di posisi T3 bersama Junaidi Ibrahim dan Stephen Lindskog sebagai The Lowest Amateur. Turnamen golf profesional dua hari yang mendapatkan sanction dari Persatuan Golf Profesional Indonesia (PGPI) tersebut, boleh dibilang cukup sukses dalam hal penyelenggaraannya, dimana hampir seluruh pegolf profesional terbaik di tanah air ikut ‘turun lapangan’. Termasuk pegolf veteran, Kasiadi, yang dalam dua hari pertandingannya berhasil mengemas skor 154 di posisi T26 bersama lima orang pegolf lainnya. Sayangnya pemegang Order Of Merit PGPI 2008, Rory Hie, terpaksa absen dari turnamen seri pertama PGPI di tahun 2009 ini, dikarenakan tengah berada di Kuala Lumpur Malaysia untuk mengikuti Maybank Malaysia Open 2009. Panitia menambah satu hari penyelenggaraan turnamen untuk menggelar Pro – Am yang dalam kesempatan tersebut dimenangkan oleh Murdi dan Warsito, didampingi oleh pegolf profesional Rawi Cander.

Chang Tae Hee (Amatir)

I Ketut Sugiarta

Stephen Lindskog

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‘Anak Betawi’ Di Kancah Asian Tour

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anggal 11 Pebruari 2009, boleh jadi merupakan momentum titik balik prestasi bagi pegolf asal Sawangan Sarmilih KZ. Karena selain ia berhasil membuktikan prestasinya dengan meraih gelar juara dalam Emeralda Mercedes-Benz Fascination Golf Tournament di Emeralda Golf Club, satu hari sebelumnya pegolf kelahiran Bogor 12 April 1972 ini telah dinyatakan secara resmi oleh PGPI melalui Ketua Harian-nya, Nursalam Tabusalla langsung dihadapan Ria Prawiro sebagai sponsornya, sebagai penerima country exemption Asian Tour menggantikan posisi Maan Nasim yang menyatakan mundur karena alasan kesehatan. Artinya pegolf ‘sintal’ ini berhak untuk mengikuti kurang lebih 13 dari 40 seri turnamen Asian Tour dalam musim tahun 2009, bersama pegolf muda ‘lulusan’ Qualifying School, Rory Hie. Enam bulan lebih bernaung dibawah ‘payung’ Kariza, membuat mental dan visi bertandingnya mengalami grafik peningkatan yang cukup signifikan. Tak kurang dari 10 turnamen di dalam dan luar negeri telah dijalaninya selama itu sebagai salah seorang pegolf turing pro Indonesia yang memiliki masa depan cerah dalam karir-nya.

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Obrolan ringan-nya bersama editor The Flag selepas ia menerima trophy dan hadiah uang pertama sebesar 24 juta rupiah di Club House Emeralda Golf Club, mengesankan bahwa ayah dua orang putra dan putri ini benar – benar telah memiliki persyaratan mental dan kepercayaan diri yang cukup sebagai ‘anak Betawi’ pertama yang bakal turun di dalam kancah persaingan Asian Tour pada musim tahun ini.

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Anda menangkap maksud ibu Ria tersebut? Ya, gambaran gamblang-nya memang seperti jawaban pertanyaan beliau yang selalu dilontarkan sebelum saya melakukan tee off… ”Main untuk siapa Mil?”…dan setiap saya jawab “untuk ibu!”, beliau selalu menggelengkan kepala sambil mengoreksi “Untuk Tuhan, diri kamu sendiri dan baru untuk saya”… itu pengertian saya tentang maksud ibu Ria, bermain dengan hati. Sebagai seorang pegolf turing pro, kesempatan untuk berkumpul dengan keluarga pasti menjadi sangat terbatas, anda siap untuk itu? Saya siap!, itu merupakan resiko dari keputusan saya menekuni profesi ini. Karena dari dulu saya selalu bercita – cita ingin menjadi seorang pegolf turing pro.

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Dalam pertandingan putaran terakhir tadi, anda sudah unggul dari semuanya saat memasuki back nine. Lalu apa yang terjadi di hole tiga belas? Saya sendiri tidak tahu, bagi saya hole itu seperti hole keramat. Bayangkan saja!, dua kali practice round ditambah dua putaran pertandingan saya selalu mendapatkan bogey disana. Padahal anda lihat sendiri, bola saya tadi ‘on’-nya bagus. Tapi Alhamdulillah, akhirnya saya berhasil menjadi juara meskipun harus berjuang melalui babak play off.

Selamat atas kemenangan anda Sarmilih ! Terima kasih, ini semua karena doa dari semua teman – teman di Kariza dan The Flag… terutama ibu (Ria Prawiro. Red). Bagaimana rasanya jadi juara ? Senang sekali, apalagi ini adalah persembahan gelar pertama saya untuk ibu dan Kariza. Lalu tentang country exemption Asian Tournya bagaimana? Semuanya saya serahkan kembali kepada sponsor saya Kariza yang akan mengatur jadwal kegiatan saya. Kalau masalah perasaan sih, rasanya semua sudah bercampur aduk. Maksudnya? Ya sebagai seorang turing pro, tentu saja saya merasa sangat bangga dan senang dengan keputusan tersebut. Namun sebagai seorang adik, saya prihatin melihat kondisi kesehatan bang Maan, dimana seharusnya dia yang paling siap secara mental dan tehnik untuk

mewakili Indonesia di ajang – ajang turnamen internasional. Itu artinya anda merasa belum siap? Oh bukan, bukan itu ! (terdiam sejenak), Maan Nasim merupakan panutan saya. Apalagi hubungan saya juga sudah seperti keluarga dengan bang Maan. Saya hanya merasa prihatin saja dengan kesehatan mata-nya, karena sejauh ini saya belum menemukan lagi pemain sekelas bang Maan. Kalau masalah kesiapan saya, anda tahu sendiri bagaimana saya berlatih selama ini. Apalagi dibarengi dengan kesempatan mengikuti turnamen di luar negeri…pokoknya saya sudah siap lahir bathin. Jadi apa target anda dalam waktu dekat ini? Target saya dari dulu selalu juara, walaupun ibu Ria sampai saat ini belum pernah menargetkan saya seperti itu. Beliau hanya menargetkan saya untuk bermain bagus dengan hati dan sabar saat berada dilapangan.

Ada disebut – sebut sebagai pemain spesialis dua hari, bagaimana tanggapannya? Tidak juga!, dalam turnamen empat hari Jakarta Golf Championship tahun 2007 disini (Emeralda.red), saya berhasil menembus leader board…walaupun tidak juara. Memang saya akui, bahwasanya saya memiliki masalah fisik. Tapi semua itu sedang terus saya atasi dibawah pengawasan langsung ibu Ria. Itu sebabnya akhir – akhir ini saya banyak melatih fisik saya di lapangan – lapangan yang panjang seperti Emeralda, Kapuk sampai Lido. Rencana jangka pendek kedepan? Saya kebetulan masuk dalam jajaran daftar pemain di kategori exemption tuan rumah untuk Indonesia Open 2009 di Pecatu Bali. Rencananya saya berangkat lebih awal ke Bali untuk melakukan latihan. Karena saya tahu New Kuta golf merupakan salah satu lapangan tersulit di Indonesia. Best Score anda di Pecatu? Terakhir saya bermain even par dalam turnamen Pro – Am Champion of Champions bulan Januari lalu. Dan mudah – mudahan tidak hanya tertahan di angka itu. Yang pasti saya akan berusaha untuk berjuang maksimal agar bisa menghasilkan yang terbaik untuk semua masyarakat Indonesia dan tentunya untuk mengharumkan nama bangsa.

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Ria Prawiro & Sarmilih KZ

ika belakangan ini nama dan wajah Ria Prawiro banyak muncul dalam pemberitaan majalah The Flag, bukan karena wanita yang satu ini memang dikenal sebagai pimpinannya. Namun hal itu karena kiprahnya sebagai sponsor seorang pegolf profesional dan pemerakarsa Kariza Masters Amateur Golf Championship 2008, banyak mendapat sorotan dari masyarakat industri golf di tanah air akhir – akhir ini. Terlebih lagi dua orang ‘anak asuh’-nya Sarmilih KZ dan Hardjito, masing – masing berhasil membuktikan dirinya sebagai juara dalam event yang mereka ikuti. Sarmilih KZ yang selama ini berada langsung dibawah penanganannya, berhasil menjuarai Emeralda Mercedes-Benz Fascination Golf Tournament pada tanggal 11 Pebruari, tepat 18 hari setelah Hardjito yang notabene sudah dianggap sebagai bagian dari keluarga besar Kariza berhasil menjuarai sekaligus mempertahankan gelar kejuaraannya di turnamen amatir berseri Kariza Masters yang juga merupakan hasil rancangannya tersebut. “Saya begitu merasa suka cita dalam membuka kegiatan di tahun 2009 ini. Dua pegolf kebanggaan saya Sarmilih dan Hardjito berhasil memenuhi target yang saya harapkan sebagai juara” ungkap Ria dengan mata berkaca-kaca tak dapat menyembunyikan keharuan dan kegembiraannya.

“Saya begitu merasa suka cita dalam membuka kegiatan di tahun 2009 ini. Dua pegolf kebanggaan saya Sarmilih dan Hardjito berhasil memenuhi target yang saya harapkan sebagai juara”

Ria Prawiro

Dua Bulan, Dua ‘Anak’ Juara

Keceriaan Presiden Direktur PT. Kariza Viratama dalam membuka tahun 2009 nya ini, ternyata juga berdampak positip terhadap rencana – rencana kegiatan yang telah dijadwalkannya dalam waktu dekat ini. Salah satu rencana yang segera akan dijalankannya adalah menggelar turnamen golf profesional empat hari yang bertajuk, RP Invitational berhadiah total Rp. 350 juta, di Lido Golf Club pada akhir bulan Maret mendatang. “Visi dan misi saya untuk penyelenggaraan turnamen pro yang akan Kariza selenggarakan mendatang adalah bentuk penghargaan saya atas profesi yang telah dipilih oleh para pegolf profesional Indonesia, dan tentunya besar harapan saya dengan adanya turnamen-turnamen yang diadakan bagi mereka, akan memotivasi para pegolf profesional kita untuk berlatih, fokus serta menghargai profesinya, dan juga menjadi harapan kita semua sesegera mungkin mereka akan sanggup berbicara di kancah internasional”, jelas Ria.

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Hal itu tentunya disambut gembira oleh para pegolf profesional kita, berikut jajaran kepengurusan organisasi yang membawahi mereka, PGPI. “Akan menjadi kado ulang tahun tersendiri untuk saya apabila Sarmilih dan Hardjito, berhasil lolos cut dalam Indonesia Open di Bali mendatang”, sambung putri bungsu dari empat bersaudara yang berulang tahun pada tanggal 3 Maret ini…kita sama – sama doakan bu Ria !


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entunya tak ada satupun pegawai maupun petugas lapangan yang tidak mengenal nama pegolf profesional Johannes Dermawan di lingkungan Emeralda Golf Club. Karena pegolf berpenampilan dandy kelahiran Balikpapan 39 tahun yang lalu itu bukan sekedar dikenal sebagai pro biasa di home course-nya tersebut, tetapi ia juga dikenal sebagai seorang pimpinan yang disegani oleh para anak buahnya sebagai seorang General Manager. ‘Profesi ganda’ itulah yang memungkinkannya untuk memprakarsai turnamen golf profesional bertajuk Emeralda Mercedes-Benz Fascination Golf Tournament dengan total hadiah sebesar 150 juta rupiah.

Johannes ‘Irwan’ Dermawan

Menyisihkan “Uang Tamu”

Demi Turnamen

Lebih akrab disapa dengan panggilan Irwan, suami presenter Becky Tumewu ini ternyata mempunyai cara yang jitu untuk dapat merealisasi sebuah turnamen bagi rekan – rekannya sesama pro, walaupun menurutnya hal tersebut juga tidak mudah untuk dilakukan. Sejak sepuluh bulan lalu Irwan bersama para kolega-nya di Emeralda Golf Club telah melakukan penggalangan dana untuk mewujudkan rencananya itu dengan cara menyisihkan lima ribu rupiah hasil pembayaran green fee dari setiap tamu non members yang bermain di Emeralda. “Menyelenggarakan turnamen golf itu biayanya sangat mahal, karenanya memerlukan waktu untuk dapat mengumpulkan dana”, ujarnya ketika ditemui The Flag selepas menyelesaikan putaran permainannya di hari pertama. “Hadiah yang kami sediakan untuk peserta turnamen adalah berasal dari para tamu yang bermain golf disini. Setelah sepuluh bulan dana terkumpul, baru kami pergunakan untuk membiayai turnamen ini”, lanjut Irwan menambahkan.

“Sepuluh saja menejemen lapangan golf melakukan hal seperti ini, maka akan ada 10 turnamen setiap tahunnya. Itu berarti roda kehidupan para pegolf profesional kita akan lebih terjamin dan tentunya akan diikuti juga dengan peningkatan prestasi.” harap Irwan dengan nada serius. Perkembangan golf di tanah air dewasa ini memang masih begitu memprihatinkan. Itu artinya diperlukan figur – figur yang memang perduli terhadap hal itu untuk membenahinya. Kepentingan pribadi memang selalu ada dalam setiap upaya perbaikan menuju kemajuan.

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Namun dibalik semua kesuksesannya itu masih ada sesuatu yang menjadi harapannya sebagai seorang yang sangat perduli dengan perkembangan olah raga golf di tanah air, yaitu membuat rekan – rekannya sesama General Manager melakukan hal yang sama di tempat yang mereka kelola.

“Sepuluh saja menejemen lapangan golf melakukan hal seperti ini, maka akan ada 10 turnamen setiap tahunnya. Itu berarti roda kehidupan para pegolf profesional kita akan lebih terjamin dan tentunya akan diikuti juga dengan peningkatan prestasi.” Namun menjambanginya dengan hati yang tulus dan tanpa pamrih seperti yang dilakukan oleh Johannes Dermawan, perlu untuk mendapat perhatian dan tanggapan khusus

dari berbagai pihak terkait untuk nantinya dapat mensinergikan kepentingan kelompok dan tanggung jawab, agar tidak terjadi conflict of interest ditengah upaya pelaksanaannya.

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Champion Flight" dalam Pro-AM

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iasanya dalam sebuah turnamen yang diselenggarakan oleh badan – badan sanction dunia seperti Asian Tour, European Tour ataupun PGA Tour, gelaran turnamen Pro – Am dilaksanakan tepat satu hari sebelum putaran pertama dimulai. Berbeda dalam Emeralda Mercedes-Benz Fascination Golf Tournament di Emeralda Golf Club, dimana event Pro – Am justru diselenggarakan satu hari setelah seluruh putaran pertandingan utama berakhir.

Sang Juara Sarmilih KZ yang kebetulan berada satu flight bersama President Director PT Schenker Petrolog Utama, Hanns Hauptman serta dua orang rekan senegara-nya, memang tak pernah memperkenalkan dirinya sebagai seorang champion kepada mereka. Bahkan ketika pimpinan perusahaan yang bergerak dibidang perminyakan itu bertanya padanya perihal siapa juara turnamen pro yang didukung oleh Mercedes-Benz sebagai rekanan perusahaan-nya tersebut, Sarmilih hanya tersenyum – senyum tanpa menjawab. Dan betapa terkesimanya Hanns Hauptman dkk, ketika Tournament Director, Avie K. Utomo, mendaulat Sarmilih naik keatas podium untuk menerima piala dan hadiah uang sebagai Champion Emeralda-Mercedes Benz Fascination Golf Tournament sebesar 24 juta rupiah. Pasalnya mereka sama sekali 72

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Sarmilih KZ berfoto bersama Hanns Hauptman (paling kanan)

tidak mengira bahwa hampir empat jam lebih mereka bermain bersama sang Juara sepanjang 18 hole penuh. Kontan ketiga warga negara Jerman tersebut mendatangi meja Sarmilih sambil menyalami dan merangkul-nya untuk mengucapkan selamat. “Oh God, ternyata saya bermain bersama seorang Champion. Ini merupakan suatu kehormatan!”,

ujar Hanns Hauptman sambil meminta juru foto The Flag untuk mengabadikan dirinya bersama Sarmilih. Seorang rekannya bahkan ikut menimpali “Jika tahu begitu, saya tadi pasti meminta lebih banyak trik – trik pukulan kepada sang Juara!” Mendengar itu, Sarmilih yang memang selama ini dikenal sebagai seorang pegolf yang low profile, hanya tersenyum – senyum simpul saja.


14th EMERALDA GOLF CLUB ANNIVERSARY

EMERALDA MERCEDEZ-BENZ FASCINATION GOLF TOURNAMENT February, 10-12 2009

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all of our event sponsors. Sanctioned by:


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walnya banyak kalangan yang menyangsikan kemampuan Rory Hie untuk dapat berkarir dengan mulus di dunia golf profesional, seperti saat dirinya masih malang melintang di kancah golf amatir Amerika Serikat sebagai pegolf amatir peringkat atas dunia. Namun dalam hitungan minggu setelah secara resmi menerima status profesional-nya dari PGPI pada bulan Oktober 2008 lalu, pemuda kelahiran Balikpapan 1 September 1988 tersebut membalik semua ‘prediksi miring’ atas dirinya dengan menjuarai salah satu seri turnamen Asean Golf Tour, International Championship, di Lippo Karawaci dengan mengungguli para pegolf profesional tangguh se Asia Tenggara. Bahkan selang dua bulan, Rory kembali membuktikan kepiawaiannya sebagai pegolf pertama Indonesia yang berhasil menyandang status turing pro Asian Tour setelah berhasil menembus jajaran 40 besar dari jumlah 507 pegolf yang mengikuti Asian Tour Qualifying School di St. Andrews 2000 GC dan Rayong Green Valley Country Club, Thailand, pada pertengahan bulan Januari 2009 lalu.

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Rory Hie Lulus ‘Sekolah’ Asian Tour !

Bermain ditengah tiupan angin kencang serta temperatur udara rendah dan kering, Rory menutup skor-nya di St. Andrews 2000 GC (par 73) pada putaran pertama dengan 76 (3 over). Ia berhasil maju ke putaran tiga meninggalkan tiga orang rekan senegaranya masing – masing Andik Mauludin, Sarmilih KZ dan Johannes Dermawan, setelah berhasil memperbaiki skornya di Rayong Green Valley Country Club (par 72) pada putaran kedua melalui perolehan skor 74 (2 0ver).

Rory Hie

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Tempaan keras dari sang ayah Tommy Hie, membuat Rory tiba – tiba berubah menjadi sebuah kekuatan golf baru di tanah air yang notabene masih miskin akan prestasi internasional. Artinya Rory Hie yang kini telah kembali bermukim di Indonesia tersebut boleh dibilang sebagai tonggak titik balik dari kemajuan golf di tanah air.

Eduardo Herrera

Sekali lagi Rory memperlihatkan ketenangannya dalam bermain, di hari ke empat ketika ia berhasil mencetak skor yang cukup mengesankan, 69 (4 under). Hal tersebut merupakan ‘modal’ yang bagus bagi Rory untuk kembali meningkatkan performanya di putaran terakhir, bersama 80 orang pegolf lain yang berhasil melewati zona miss cut. 74

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Walaupun sulit untuk mengejar ketinggalan dari para penguasa leader board seperti John Parry (Inggris), George Coetzee (Afsel) dan Jason Norris (Australia), Rory masih tetap memperlihatkan kestabilan permainannya dengan kembali mengemas skor 74 (1 over) dalam putaran ke tiga di St. Andrews 2000 GC. Itu berarti Rory harus berjuang keras untuk mengurangi jumlah pukulannya di hari keempat yang nantinya hanya akan memilih 80 pemain yang maju ke babak akhir (putaran 5).


Ketatnya persaingan dalam Asian Tour Qualifying School tahun 2009 ini, terlihat dari selalu bergantinya posisi pimpinan dalam leader board secara dinamis dari hari ke hari, antara Ross Bain (Skotlandia) di hari pertama, John Parry (Inggris), George Coetzee (Afsel) dan Jason Norris (Australia) di hari kedua, Eduardo Herrera (Kolombia) di hari ke tiga, Ally Mellor (Inggris) dan Eduardo Herrera di hari ke empat, hingga akhirnya direbut oleh pegolf Jepang Daisuke Maruyama yang mengalahkan Ally Mellor melaui babak play off di hari ke lima, dan sekaligus berhasil meraih gelar juara dengan skor 353 (11 under).

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Rory menutup seluruh rangkaian kualifikasinya dengan ‘manis’ melalui skor 72 (1 under), untuk menduduki posisi T30 dari 40 pegolf yang berhak menerima touring card Asian Tour 2009, dengan total skor 365 (1 over). Ia juga merupakan satu dari dua pegolf yang berhasil untuk pertama kali membawa nama negaranya berada dalam kolom negara di daftar pemain Asian Tour selain Mohammad Siddikur yang mewakili Bangladesh.

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SCORE Pos 1 2 3 4 5 5 5 5 9 9 9 12 12 12 15 15 17 17 19 19 19 19 19 19 19 26 26 26 26 30 30 30 33 33 33 33 33 33 33 33

Score 353 353 354 355 358 358 358 358 359 359 359 360 360 360 361 361 362 362 363 363 363 363 363 363 363 364 364 364 364 365 365 365 366 366 366 366 366 366 366 366

COMPETITOR Name Daisuke MARUYAMA Ally MELLOR Eduardo HERRERA James KAMTE WU Ashun George COETZEE Pariya JUNHASAVASDIKUL Tetsuji HIRATSUKA Kiradech APHIBARNRAT Peter COOKE Matthew GRIFFIN Michael LIGHT Chris ROAKE Sattaya SUPUPRAMAI KIM Do.H SON Joon-Eob Tim STEWART Will YANAGISAWA Amandeep Singh JOHL Mark PURSER Chris GAUNT Emanuele CANONICA John PARRY Toni KARJALAINEN James KRUGER Adam Le VESCONTE Jason NORRIS Wilhelm SCHAUMAN Andrew MARSHALL Christopher CAMPBELL C. MUNIYAPPA Rory HIE Zaw MOE Adam GROOM Anirban LAHIRI Rohan BLIZARD Young NAM KIM Dae-Hyun Siddikur Sushi ISHIGAKI

Represents Japan England Colombia South Africa China South Africa Thailand Japan Thailand Australia Australia Australia England Thailand Australia Korea Australia USA India New Zealand Australia Italy England Finland South Africa Australia Australia Sweden England Australia India Indonesia Myanmar Australia India Australia Korea Korea Bangladesh Japan

ROUNDS R1 R2 72 69 70 73 70 72 74 71 77 71 70 70 73 69 75 70 71 72 73 70 70 72 70 74 73 71 71 72 76 72 72 69 74 70 73 70 75 72 74 73 72 73 72 73 72 68 74 72 72 74 75 71 72 68 75 70 74 75 71 77 73 75 76 74 75 73 73 74 72 74 71 77 71 73 74 72 74 73 72 70

R3 74 70 69 70 71 79 74 72 77 72 72 75 73 71 74 74 77 76 75 70 71 75 73 69 70 72 75 73 71 74 72 74 75 75 74 74 75 73 74 72

R4 70 72 74 73 71 70 73 72 71 75 74 75 73 75 70 77 74 72 72 75 75 71 75 72 71 79 76 73 69 74 73 69 73 72 74 71 74 73 69 75

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R5 68 68 69 67 68 69 69 69 68 69 71 66 70 71 69 69 67 71 69 71 72 72 75 76 76 67 73 73 75 69 72 72 70 72 72 73 73 74 76 77 75


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“Sekolah Lagi Tahun Depan !”

Sebagai seorang manusia biasa, sangatlah pantas apabila Ria Prawiro sedikit merasa kecewa melihat penampilan pegolf yang di sponsorinya Sarmilih KZ, gagal memperlihatkan performa terbaiknya dalam Asian Tour Qualifying School 2009. Namun kekecewaan tersebut tidaklah berlangsung terlalu lama, karena menurut wanita yang juga publisher majalah The Flag ini, Q-School Asian Tour memang bukanlah merupakan target utamanya di tahun ini. Baginya ajang tersebut lebih untuk memberikan gambaran nuansa persaingan internasional kepada Sarmilih dalam menghadapi padatnya jadwal turnamen yang harus dijalaninya di tahun 2009, seperti seri Mercedes-Benz Tour dari Asean Golf Tour, Indonesia Open 2009 di Bali serta beberapa mini tour di tanah air.

Nama Andik Mauludin memang bukan nama yang asing bagi sebagian pengamat golf di Asia, apalagi dirinya juga masih tercatat sebagai The Lowest Amateur dalam Pertamina Indonesia President Invitational 2008 dan juga The Best Amateur sekaligus Runner Up dalam International Championship 2008. Namun kebanyakan dari mereka memang masih belum “ngeuh” kalau mantan pegolf amatir terbaik di Indonesia ini telah merubah statusnya.

Masih Dikira Amatir

Anthony Brown

Terkena Penalty Dua Stroke Akibat Ulah Caddie Tugas seorang caddie bagi seorang pegolf profesional memang sangatlah penting, walaupun ada juga beberapa pegolf yang tidak terlalu tergantung terhadap peranan seorang caddie dilapangan, selain hanya sebagai pembawa perlengkapan (golf bag) belaka. Apalagi jika yang membantunya adalah seorang caddie lokal atau club caddie. Bahkan tidak jarang pula seorang caddie justru membuat blunder yang merugikan ‘master’-nya, seperti yang dialami oleh pegolf asal Australia Anthony Brown pada putaran pertama final round Qualifying School asian Tour 2009. Entah sadar atau tidak, sang caddie lokal yang bertugas membantu Anthony dalam turnamen kualifikasi penting tersebut membuat tiga kesalahan yang fatal sekaligus dalam waktu yang bersamaan. Kesalahan pertama yang dibuatnya adalah

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Disinggung tentang rencananya merancang sebuah turnamen golf profesional pada bulan Maret mendatang, wanita bersahaja ini hanya menjawab singkat, “Tunggu saja nanti…”.

“Tapi jangan salah ! keikut sertaan Sarmilih dalam Q-School Asian Tour ini bukan sekedar iseng – iseng berhadiah, melainkan untuk memberikan pengalaman kepada Sarmilih agar kelak dirinya

Andik Mauludin

“Maklum mas, namanya juga orang baru walaupun wajah lama”, komentar nya sembari pergi meninggalkan entry list board menuju ke area teeing ground Rayong Green Valley Country Club untuk memulai perjuangannya. PICS : THe Flag

Antara kecewa dan rasa memaklumi, pegolf Indonesia Andik Mauludin sedikit emosional ketika menceriterakan pengalamannya kepada reporter The Flag sebelum memulai tee offnya di hari pertama. Pasalnya pegolf yang baru saja mendapatkan status profesionalnya di akhir tahun lalu tersebut, sedikit terkejut ketika melihat namanya yang tercantum dalam daftar pemain masih diikuti dengan tulisan (A), yang berarti “Amatir”. Kontan pegolf kelahiran Malang itu melontarkan protes terhadap komite pertandingan agar segera menghapus tulisan (A) tersebut dari belakang namanya sambil menunjukkan kartu indetitas pro-nya. Panitia pun segera menghapusnya sambil meminta maaf atas kekhilafan mereka.

menjadi terbiasa menghadapi kondisi persaingan ketat dan berat di lapangan. Akan tetapi, walau bukan merupakan target utama, skor 82 dihari pertama seharusnya sudah tidak boleh terjadi lagi untuk pemain sekelas dia. Ini akan menjadi perhatian khusus bagi saya untuk lebih meningkatkan frekuensi latihannya dan juga menjadi cambuk bagi Sarmilih untuk lebih fokus. Kalau masalah gagal, bisa sekolah lagi tahun depan”, ungkap Presiden Direktur PT. Kariza Viratama ini kepada reporter The Flag.

meninggalkan klub iron 7 milik pegolf yang dipandu-nya di green. Kedua, menerima klub tersebut di hole selanjutnya dari dari tangan marshall yang menyusulnya menggunakan golf cart. Ketiga, ikut menumpang golf cart sang marshall untuk kembali ke posisi dimana bola pegolf-nya berada.

Andik akhirnya gagal melewati batas projected cut (151), ketika menutup permainannya di hari kedua dengan skor 76 setelah sebelumnya di hari pertama mencatat skor 78. maupun petugas lapangan membuat kesalahan yang paling mendasar sekalipun, yang mana hal tersebut sebetulnya tak perlu terjadi dan bisa dihindari apabila yang bersangkutan mengikuti kepelatihan peraturan golf secara serius dan intensif.

Akibat peristiwa itu, kontan Anthony dikenai hukuman penambahan dua pukulan. Karena menurut peraturan yang berlaku, jika sesuatu pelanggaran dilakukan oleh seorang caddie, maka sang ‘tuan’ lah yang harus menanggung segala resikonya. Sungguh sayang, Anthony yang kala itu berada satu pairing bersama pegolf Indonesia Johannes Dermawan, harus menerima kenyataan skor 79 (6 over), dimana seharusnya ia berhasil menutup putaran tersebut dengan skor 77 (4 over). Memang training caddie di beberapa golf course tertentu di Asia, masih belum terfokus terhadap hal – hal yang menjurus kepada peraturan golf yang resmi. Hasilnya bukan di Thailand saja kesalahan – kesalahan seperti itu terjadi, namun di negara kita pun tidak jarang seorang caddie

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Bintang Baru ‘Hollywood’ Yang Mengguncang Dunia

Sampai akhir musim tur 2008 lalu, Rory berhasil mencatat delapan kali finis di posisi 10 besar dari 13 kali pemunculannya sebagai seorang pegolf profesional di posisi 39 World Golf Ranking

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ungguh bukan perkara yang mudah bagi siapapun untuk dapat menggapai predikat ‘bintang’ dalam persaingan olah raga golf dunia di usia yang relatif muda. Karena selain pengalaman, tentunya diperlukan juga mental kedewasaan untuk menghadapi nuansa pertarungan ketat di lapangan bersama para pegolf yang notabene telah terlebih dahulu merambah dunia golf profesional di kancah persaingan golf dunia.


Merupakan sebuah peristiwa yang biasa ketika pada tanggal 4 Mei 1989, seorang bayi mungil bernama Rory McIlroy dilahirkan dari kalangan keluarga menengah di Hollywood, Irlandia Utara. Pertumbuhannya pun sama seperti layaknya anak–anak lain di kampung halamannya, sampai pada suatu saat dirinya memutuskan untuk serius menekuni olah raga golf di Hollywood Golf Club dibawah kepelatihan seorang coach setempat bernama Michael Bannon.

dan the Irish Close Championship sebagai seorang Juara.

Sebuah catatan sejarah baru prestasi golf dunia seakan dimulai ketika dalam usianya yang ke 15 di tahun 2004, pegolf muda belia, Rory McIlroy, berhasil membawa tim Eropa memenangkan Junior Ryder Cup dengan mengalahkan jago-jago golf junior dari Amerika Serikat. Selanjutnya di tahun 2005, Rory berhasil memenangkan dua turnamen sekaligus yaitu, West of Ireland Championship dan the Irish Close Championship, untuk menjadikannya sebagai juara termuda sepanjang sejarah penyelenggaraan dua turnamen amatir terbesar di negara-nya tersebut. Catatan course record, 61 (13 under), dalam satu putaran yang diciptakannya di Royal Port rush Golf Club pada bulan Juli 2005, seolah menambah keyakinan para pengamat golf di Eropa saat itu bahwa suatu saat akan muncul seorang ‘Bintang’ golf dunia baru dari Irlandia Utara.

Pada tanggal 6 Pebruari 2007, nama Rory McIlroy berhasil mencapai posisi ke 2 dalam World Amateur Golf Ranking, walaupun hanya bertahan selama satu minggu untuk kembali turun ke posisi 3. Ditahun yang sama Rory sempat membuat kejutan ketika dirinya berhasil mengemas skor 68 dalam putaran pertama British Open (The Open Championship) di Carnouiste sebagai pemain amatir. Namanya sempat terpampang dalam leader board hari pertama bersama Michael Campbell dan Marcus Brier di posisi tied 3. Rory akhirnya menyandang gelar pegolf amatir terbaik dalam The Open 2007 sebagai The Lowest Amateur dengan skor total 293 (+5) di posisi T42.

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Semenjak itu karir amatirnya terus menanjak setelah pada tahun 2006 Rory kembali berhasil mempertahankan gelar Ireland Championship

Rupanya melakukan back to back win di tahun 2006 belum cukup bagi pemuda yang memiliki tinggi badan 1,75 m ini. Karena pada tahun yang sama dirinya kembali membuktikan ketangguhannya di lapangan dengan memenangkan European Amateur Championship di Biella Golf Club, Italia, dengan skor yang cukup fantastis, 274 (14 under).

Rory McIlroy meninggalkan status amatirnya pada 19 September 2007, dan langsung bergabung dengan International Sports Management yang juga menangani pegolf– pegolf kenamaan seperti Ernie Els, Darren Clarke, Lee Westwood dan David Howell.

Di kancah persaingan golf profesional karirnya terus ‘meroket’ ketika berhasil menembus 50 besar World Golf Ranking, setelah berhasil menyelesaikan seluruh putaran permainannya dalam UBS Hongkong Open di bulan November 2008. Sampai akhir musim tur 2008 lalu, Rory berhasil mencatat delapan kali finis di posisi 10 besar dari 13 kali pemunculannya sebagai seorang pegolf profesional di posisi 39 World Golf Ranking. Rory McIlroy kembali membuat masyarakat golf dunia berdecak kagum ketika di awal tahun 2009 berhasil mencapai posisi 16 World Golf Ranking, setelah berhasil menjuarai Dubai Desert Classic di Emirates Golf Club pada tanggal 1 Pebruari lalu. Artinya ia praktis hanya memerlukan waktu 18 bulan untuk dapat mencapai posisi tersebut, sejak dirinya beralih sebagai pegolf profesional. Ia kini berada di posisi ke dua dalam rangking Order of Merit European Tour dibawah Sergio Garcia, dengan perolehan uang total € 609,410. Hal itu cukup bagi dirinya untuk menjadi calon kuat pemain inti dalam skuad Ryder Cup Eropa yang kini dipimpin oleh Collins Montgomery, menggantikan posisi Nick Faldo sebagai kapten tim.

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Noh, Chia, Blyth...Akhirnya Kang !

Adam Blyth

Nama Anthony Kang memang bukan nama baru di kancah persaingan Asian Tour, dimana setelah tiga tahun beralih menjadi pegolf profesional tahun 1996, pria Amerika keturunan Korea ini menjuarai Casino Filipino Philippine Open. Ia hampir saja menambah koleksi gelar Asian Tour-nya saat di tahun berikutnya (2000) kalah melalui babak play off dari pegolf Swedia yang kini bermukim di Indonesia, Stephen Lindskog, dalam Volvo Masters of Asia. Namanya kembali berkibar di tahun 2001 dengan menyandang 80

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Anthony Kang

gelar Juara Myanmar Open, melalui selisih skor tipis dari kompatriotnya Charlie Wie. Dalam Maybank Malaysian Open 2009 di Saujana Golf & Country Club bulan Pebruari lalu, nama Anthony Kang memang bukan merupakan nama yang terlalu diunggulkan. Hal tersebut dikarenakan namanya sedikit ‘tenggelam’ oleh kemilau nama para bintang seperti ‘pahlawan’ Ryder Cup Amerika Serikat Anthony Kim, bintang golf Jepang Singho Katayama, Juara Order Of Merit 2007 Liang Wen Chong, bintang India Jyoti Randhawa, dan masih banyak para ‘superstars’ golf yang lainnya. Apalagi diketahui Kang memulai permainan hari pertamanya dengan skor yang kurang meyakinkan, 74 (1 over). Namun soal ‘sodok menyodok’ posisi, pegolf kelahiran 30 Nopember 1972 ini memang

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idak ada satu orangpun yang bakal menyangka pegolf jangkung asal Amerika Serikat, Anthony Kang, akhirnya bakal memegang tampuk kejuaraan turnamen golf terbesar di negeri jiran Malaysia, Maybank Malaysian Open 2009, ketika melihat pegolf muda belia Noh Seung-Yul langsung ‘bertengger’ di puncak leader board hari pertama dengan perolehan skor yang cukup mencengangkan, 10 under (62). Tidak juga ketika pegolf tuan rumah, Danny Chia, memimpin hari kedua dengan skor 13 under. Baru dihari ke tiga nama Anthony Kang muncul kepermukaan ketika berhasil mengemas skor 64 (8 under) dihari itu, walaupun secara total skor-nya masih berada dibawah Adam Blyth yang merebut tampuk leader board hari ke tiga.

memiliki reputasi tersendiri jika melihat perjalanan karir profesionalnya yang dari tahun ke tahun boleh dibilang cukup konsisten. Pasalnya walaupun tidak pernah lagi merasakan juara sepanjang tahun 2002 hingga tahun 2008, Kang bukan berarti sama sekali ‘tenggelam’ secara persaingan. Delapan kali berada diposisi 10 besar dalam kurun waktu tiga tahun (2004, 2005, 2006), membuat-nya terus bertahan berada di kancah Asian Tour. Artinya berada dalam champions flight di beberapa seri Asian Tour bukanlah hal yang jarang ia hasilkan selama ini. Anthony kang mulai merambah perlahan – lahan menuju posisi leader board sejak hari kedua, hingga akhirnya sebuah birdie ‘dramatis’ yang ia ciptakan di hole 18 dalam putaran terakhir membawanya ke tangga juara seri


turnamen golf Asian tour berhadiah total 2 juta dollar tersebut. Bagaimana tidak!, birdie tersebut membuyarkan harapan empat pegolf masing – masing David Horsey (Inggris), Jyoti Randhawa (India), Miles Tunnicliff (Inggris) dan Prayad Marksaeng (Thailand) yang terus membayangi perolehan skor-nya sejak ia memulai tee off-nya.

Danny Chia

Kemenangan Anthony Kang dalam Maybank Malaysian Open 2009 ini, boleh disebut sebagai kemenangan yang ‘spektakuler’ bagi pegolf

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Noh Seung-Yul

yang selama ini bermukim di Phoenix, Arizona, tersebut. Karena bukan saja karena ia berhak atas cek sebesar US$333,330, namun lebih dari itu, keberhasilannya menembus persaingan ketat yang ditunjukkan oleh para pegolf ‘top’ Asian Tour dan European Tour tersebut membuat namanya kini berada di puncak Order Of Merit Asian Tour untuk ‘menggeser’ posisi pegolf Afrika Selatan James Kamte yang sebelumnya berhasil menjuarai Asian Tour Internasional di Suwan Golf & Country Club Thailand.


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ntah dari mana asal muasalnya ketika beberapa pihak menganggap bahwa turnamen golf Champion of Champions 2009 Road To Indonesia Open yang diselenggarakan di New Kuta Golf – Pecatu Bali pada tanggal 24 Januari 2009 lalu, sebagai ajang kualifikasi Indonesia Open 2009 yang akan diselenggarakan pada tanggal 26 pebruari sampai 1 Maret 2009 mendatang. Padahal jelas – jelas para pesertanya merupakan gabungan dari pegolf profesional, amatir, senior, ladies, junior dan expatriate dari berbagai kalangan. Jadi melihat pesertanya yang beragam saja sudah tidak mungkin dan aneh rasanya jika turnamen tersebut disebut – sebut sebagai kualifikasi untuk Indonesia Open 2009 yang memang para pesertanya telah ditentukan oleh European Tour dan Asian Tour sebagai joint body sanctions bagi perhelatan golf terbesar di tanah air tersebut.

Lidya Ivana Jaya

Marcella & inez

Jadi istilah Road To…, yang digunakan dalam event turnamen tersebut bukan berarti merupakan ajang seleksi pemain untuk Indonesia Open 2009, melainkan hanya sebagai komoditas promosi. Turnamen golf yang diselenggarakan oleh New Kuta Golf bekerja sama dengan Bintaro golf tersebut memang sengaja digelar untuk menyambut Indonesia Open 2009 sekaligus untuk mensosialisasikan kesiapan New Kuta Golf Pecatu Bali sebagai venue  Indonesia Open yang baru pada tahun ini diselenggarakan di luar ibu kota Jakarta tersebut. Sementara itu menurut General Manager New Kuta Golf – Pecatu Bali, Stephen Banks, turnamen juga digelar dalam kaitan menepis isu santer dikalangan masyarakat industri golf Indonesia belakangan ini, yang menyatakan 82

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Netty Hariadi & Andik Mauludin

Rory Hie

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Champion of Champions 2009 Road To Indonesia Open


"Champion Flight"

bahwa New Kuta Golf belum sepenuhnya siap sebagai tuan rumah Indonesia Open 2009.

John Eu

Sebanyak 19 pegolf (men dan ladies) penyandang gelar juara turnamen amatir dari berbagai turnamen lokal ditambah 6 pegolf profesional terbaik di Indonesia melakukan “social game” bersama para pegolf undangan yang bermain dalam format four balls best ball (team), dan system 36 plus stableford (individual) untuk memperebutkan hadiah trophy berikut ticket menyaksikan Malaysia Open 2009 pada tanggal 12 – 15 Pebruari 2009 di Saujana Golf & Country Club Malaysia.

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New Kuta Golf Sudah Siap ! ntah siapa yang pertama kali meniupkan isu, hingga tersiar kabar bahwa sarana fisik lapangan New Kuta Golf Pecatu tidak siap untuk dipakai sebagai venue Indonesia Open 2009. padahal menurut Executive Director Global One, John Eu, yang bertindak sebagai ‘komandan’ dari event organizer yang sudah dua tahun berturut – turut menangani event akbar tersebut, New Kuta Golf secara teknis sudah siap untuk menggelar turnamen bertaraf internasional sekelas European Tour maupun Asian Tour.

Namun seyogyanya pendapat tersebut dihembuskan didalam forum yang tepat untuk dapat dicarikan solusinya. Apalagi yang ‘disudutkan’ disini adalah sebuah event penting menyangkut harkat dan martabat bangsa dimata dunia internasional. Karena siapa lagi jika bukan kita (warga negara Indonesia) yang bisa menjaga nama baik tanah air tercinta ini dari cercaan dan cibiran bangsa – bangsa lain.

“Kondisi lapangan sangat baik, terlebih lagi pada akhir Pebruari nanti. Progress persiapannya sesuai dengan yang diharapkan”, jelas pria asal Malaysia yang juga menjabat sebagai General Manager Saujana Golf & Country Club – Kuala Lumpur tersebut dalam keterangan pers-nya. Memang setiap warga negara Indonesia boleh – boleh saja dengan bebas mengemukakan pendapatnya tentang kesiapan New Kuta Golf menghadapi Indonesia Open 2009.

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Keluar sebagai juara kategori team event adalah para pegolf expatriate yang justru tampil tanpa didampingi pro maupun champion, dengan beranggotakan Stephen Banks, Nigel Day, Dennis Hegerty dan Craig Steeples. Posisi Runner Up diraih oleh tim yang diperkuat oleh satu – satunya ladies pro Indonesia, Lidya Ivana Jaya, bersama tiga pegolf lainnya masing – masing Wayan Udayana, I Gusti Ketut Sukarba dan Heru. Sementara juara kategori Individual diraih oleh pegolf terbaik propinsi Bali, Agung Raka, dengan perolehan skor 72 (even par), diikuti oleh pegolf junior Yosi Putra yang meraih Best Nett Overall dengan skor 69 nett.

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ak ada jalan lain lagi bagi para peminat seri kualifikasi Kariza masters 2008 – 2009 yang ingin merasakan nuansa persaingan seru di Grand Final, selain tidak menyia-nyiakan kesempatan untuk mengikuti seri ke 14 di Bali Golf & Country Club, Nusa Dua pada tanggal 17 Januari 2009. Pasalnya turnamen kualifikasi tersebut merupakan seri pamungkas bagi para qualifyier yang belum mendapatkan kesempatan turun bertanding ataupun menang dalam tiga belas seri sebelumnya yang digelar di beberapa daerah di Indonesia. Sekurangnya 96 pegolf tuan rumah, daerah dan mancanegara nampak mengikuti seri terakhir turnamen terpanjang di Indonesia tersebut dengan penuh antusias. Bahkan Kualifikasi ke 14 – Bali Golf & Country Club ini mencatat keikut sertaan para pegolf junior terbanyak (10 orang) sepanjang digelarnya kualifikasi Kariza Masters maupun The President Cup tahun 2007 lalu. Divisi A

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“Ini merupakan turnament golf yang sangat fair yang pernah saya ikuti, karena semua peserta bermain tidak memakai Handicap palsu tetapi bermain untuk mengejar point hole demi hole” komentar salah seorang peserta yang sengaja datang dari Australia bernama David Campbell. Pegolf Pelatda propinsi Bali Agung Raka yang pada Grand Final tahun 2007 lalu dikalahkan oleh sang juara bertahan Hardjito melalui babak play off, tahun ini tidak menunjukkan penampilan terbaiknya untuk dapat membalas kekalahannya di Grand Final. Raka menutup permainannya dengan skor 82, dimana pada saat kualifikasi The President Cup 2007 di tempat yang sama dirinya mencatat skor fantastis, 5 under (67) sebagai Best Gross Overall. Posisinya direbut oleh Nyoman Susila yang berhasil mengemas skor 74 (2 over) yang diikuti oleh pegolf berusia 22 tahun Damian Ardika (hcp 4) sebagai Best Nett Overall dengan perolehan stableford point 41.

Selain Nyoman Susila, kelima Grand Finalist asal pulau Dewata Bali merupakan muka – muka baru yang siap menjajal para jawara kualifikasi di Nirwana Golf & Spa Resorts pada tanggal 22 – 23 Januari 2009. Termasuk sang juara bertahan Hardjito yang dipastikan telah menanti disana.

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Dua pegolf junior andalan Bali, Ian Andrew (hcp 5) dan Yosi Putra (hcp 7) gagal meraih tiket ke Grand Final, walaupun keduanya berhasil membawa pulang piala sebagai Runner up dan 2nd Runner Up Divisi A. Sementara posisi Winner diraih oleh Sunny Samuel (hcp 10) dengan stableford point 38.

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Hasil Lengkap Turnamen Kualifikasi ke 14 Best Gross Overall

Nyoman Susila (74 /hcp 2)

Best Nett Overall

Damian Ardika (41/hcp 9) Division A

Winner

Sunny Samuel (38/hcp 10)

Runner Up

Ian Andrew (36/hcp 5)

2nd Runner Up

Yosi Putra (36/hcp 7) Division B

Winner

Reza Tapilaha (37/hcp 13)

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AA. Alit Hendra (36/hcp 15)

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Raharjo (36/hcp 16) Division C

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Judo Witjaksono (38/hcp 24)

Runner Up

Craig Steeples (38/hcp 27)

2nd Runner Up

David Campbell (36/hcp 25) Novelty

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Longest Drive

Nyoman Djatmika (280 yrd/Hole 7)

Nearest to the Pin

Judo Witjaksono (3,70 cm/hole 15)

Nearest to the Line

Endro Prasetyo (1.15 m/hole 18)

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asukan untuk menyelenggarakan Grand Final Kariza Masters di Pulau Dewata Bali, tak henti hentinya diterima oleh tim Kariza sejak menyelenggarakan putaran Grand Final The President Cup di Ria Bintan pada bulan Mei tahun 2007 lalu. Hampir semua pihak mengusulkan hal yang sama, dari mulai pihak sponsor, peserta sampai pada anggota panitia sendiri berharap agar penyelenggaraan Grand Final selanjutnya bisa diadakan di Bali. Sejujurnya saya sendiri memiliki kenangan indah di Bali yang terlalu panjang untuk di ceritakan. Namun tak mudah tentunya bagi saya untuk langsung memutuskan sebuah ketetapan pada saat itu. Bukan karena Bali tidak memadai untuk terselenggaranya sebuah turnamen golf besar, namun beberapa pertimbangan seperti masalah kebersamaan selalu menjadi concern saya selama ini. Keberhasilan yang paling signifikan dari The President Cup 2007, menurut saya adalah dalam hal kebersamaan yang begitu mendalam antara peserta, komite sampai ke pengelola lapangan. Terjadi rasa saling mengerti dan memiliki antara kita semua yang terkonsentrasi di sebuah pulau kecil dan terpencil, untuk berada dalam satu ikatan persaudaraan. Hal itu yang belum teryakini oleh Kariza sebagai penyelenggara Kariza Masters 2008, jika Grand Final diselenggarakan di lain tempat, yang mana nilai kebersamaan bisa saja teredam oleh ego masing – masing partisipan akibat tercerai berai-nya keberadaan mereka nantinya.

Namun ternyata saya mendapati bahwa kekhawatiran saya keliru, sejak saya menghadiri acara briefing bersama para Grand Finalist di Ballroom Le Meridien Nirwana Golf & Spa Resort pada tanggal 21 Januari 2009. Semua Grand Finalist terlihat hadir dengan penuh antusias dalam semangat kebersamaan yang tinggi, bagaikan sebuah keluarga besar. Ya, Keluarga besar Kariza Masters ! Beban tenaga dan pikiran dalam mempersiapkan rangkaian acara Grand Final, terasa berkurang ketika melihat betapa seriusnya para Grand Finalist, sponsor dan tamu undangan menyikapi event yang kami rancang ini. Kehadiran sang Juara Bertahan Hardjito dalam suasana masih berkabung sepeninggal putra kesayangannya Hendry Gilang Susanto, membuat hati saya begitu dalam tersentuh melihat ketabahan hatinya sebagai seorang manusia biasa…rasa bela sungkawa dari hati saya yang terdalam mewakili pribadi dan seluruh tim Kariza untuk keluarga Hardjito, dan sekaligus selamat atas keberhasilan untuk yang kedua kalinya sebagai Master Of Kariza Masters. Tak ada sedikitpun niatan saya untuk bermegah diri dalam kegermelapan acara Malam Gala Dinner, “Romance with Vina Panduwinata – Bawa Daku”, pada tanggal 23 Januari 2009, selain ingin berbuat sesuatu yang terbaik bagi TUHAN, Grand Finalist, kerabat serta putra saya terkasih David Viratama dan last but not least untuk saudara-saudara saya di Kariza. Kolaborasi saya bersama Vina Panduwinata merupakan wujud rasa penghargaan yang tinggi bagi mereka semua, terutama ibunda Leonie Radius Prawiro

beserta kakak – kakak yang saya kasihi atas doa – doa mereka yang senantiasa mengiringi perjalanan kami, Mama... You’re The One. Saya juga ingin mengungkapkan rasa Terima kasih yang tak terhingga kepada tim musik Ovation yang mendampingi saya dalam konser “Bawa Daku”, management Le meridien Nirwana & Spa Resorts dan seluruh sponsor serta para pengelola golf club seri kualifikasi Kariza Masters, yang begitu setia mendukung kami sejak kualifikasi pertama hingga Grand Final, diiringi dengan permohonan maaf atas segala kekurangan – kekurangan kami. Bagi saya, berada di Bali bersama para Grand Finalist merupakan sebuah keputusan yang paling tepat adanya…Right place with Right Golfers ! Pada akhirnya atas nama Kariza dan pribadi saya ucapkan selamat kepada para pemenang Kariza Masters 2008, dan sekiranya ada kekurangan dengan segala kerendahan hati saya mohon dimaafkan.


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engan ditandai pemukulan bola asap oleh Ketua Organizing Committe, Ria Prawiro, serta pelepasan ratusan balon berwarna jingga dan putih ke udara oleh ibu Leonie Radius Prawiro, para Grand Finalist Kariza Masters Amateur Golf Championship 2008 memulai pertarungan mereka dihari pertama dengan melakukan two barell start tee off di hole 1 dan hole 10, Nirwana Golf & Spa Resorts-Bali. Sekitar 70 pegolf amatir hasil dari 14 seri kualifikasi serta 22 pegolf guest division nampak begitu serius dan penuh konsentrasi saat bersiap – siap melakukan tee shot mereka dibawah sengatan terik matahari yang begitu panas pada pagi hingga siang hari itu. Artinya selain menghadapi course rancangan Greg Norman yang tergolong sulit tersebut, para finalis juga dituntut untuk dapat senantiasa menyiasati kondisi stamina mereka sepanjang satu putaran penuh. Alhasil para pegolf divisi A seperti Juara bertahan Hardjito (Balikpapan), Agus Supriyanto (Semarang), Munik (Balikpapan), Ujang Zarems (Jagorawi), Endin Zarems (Emeralda), Jhoni Sitepu (Medan) dan Sudirman (Balikpapan), nampak sedikit kewalahan untuk mengatasi suhu yang panas di seputar kawasan Tanah Lot tersebut. Mereka sepertinya lebih banyak menerapkan gaya permainan bertahan sambil membaca medan untuk sekedar mengamankan posisi mereka. Empat pegolf unggulan berhasil sama – sama menguasai leader board hari pertama dengan mengemas skor 76 (4 over). Mereka masing – masing adalah Hardjito, Sudirman, Suardi Eric dan Agus Supriyanto. Di posisi berikutnya, tanpa diduga winner divisi A kualifikasi Gading Raya, Wawan Setiawan, bermain cukup baik melalui skor 77 (5 over). Juara bertahan Hardjito yang turun dalam kondisi masih diliputi suasana duka setelah kehilangan putera tercintanya beberapa minggu sebelumnya, memang seperti kehilangan ‘roh’ permainannya, ketika sampai di hole ke 11 dirinya ‘terjerat’ lima kali bogey di hole 3, 7, 9, 10 dan 11. Ia sempat memperkecil kelebihan pukulannya dengan melakukan birdie di hole 13, hingga kembali lagi ‘terganjal’ bogey di hole 17. Pegolf anggota tim nasional tersebut akhirnya menutup permainannya dihari itu dengan sebuah birdie di hole terakhir. Hal yang sama juga ternyata terjadi terhadap rekan satu tim-nya dalam PON ke XVII Kaltim, Sudirman, yang hanya berhasil mengemas satu

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birdie di hole 16, setelah sebelumnya ‘menelan’ lima kali bogey. Bahkan tiga diantaranya didapat secara beruntun di hole 10, 11 dan 12. Sementara itu finalis asal Balikpapan lainnya, Suardi Eric, harus menerima beberapa kenyataan ‘pahit’ seperti double bogey di hole 3, triple bogey di hole 15 serta bogey beruntun di dua hole terakhir. Walaupun pegolf yang juga mantan caddie ini merupakan satu – satunya pegolf yang paling banyak mencatat birdie pada hari itu, masing – masing di hole 8, 10, 13 dan 14. Nasib kurang beruntung pun dialami oleh pegolf andalan Gombel Golf Semarang, Agus Supriyanto, yang gagal menutup permainannya dengan ‘manis’, ketika harus ‘mengantongi’ bogey di hole terakhir. Padahal jika ia mampu membukukan par saja di hole tersebut, maka otomatis namanya akan bertengger sendirian di puncak leader board hari pertama.

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Dalam persaingan divisi B dan C, seluruh finalis mengakhiri permainan putaran pertama mereka dengan skor rata – rata diatas 80, kecuali pegolf kidal asal Jakarta, Fatahangi (hcp 16) yang berhasil mencatat skor 78 (6 over). Artinya untuk sementara namanya berada di peringkat atas divisi B yang diikuti oleh pegolf tuan rumah Komang Raka yang memimpin perolehan

skor di divisi C sekaligus nilai tertinggi dalam perhitungan on handicap (nett). Seluruh finalis berhasil menyelesaikan putaran permainan mereka di hari pertama, termasuk tiga finalis ladies masing – masing Lanny Gunawan, Rita Daenuwy dan Maria Christina yang tetap terlihat bugar dan penuh semangat hingga melakukan putting terakhir mereka. Hal itu menunjukkan bahwa cuaca panas yang menyengat sepanjang hari itu, tidak sedikit pun mengendurkan spirit bertarung para juara kualifikasi tersebut, untuk tetap berusaha membuka peluang di putaran kedua yang akan berlangsung pada keesokan harinya di tempat yang sama.

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ajah Hardjito, Agus Supriyanto, Sudirman, Suardi Eric, Wawan Setiawan dan Fatahangi terlihat sedikit menegang, begitu grup mereka sampai pada giliran untuk melakukan tee off pertama di putaran ke dua. Karena paling tidak mereka masing - masing menyadari bahwa kesempatan untuk menduduki tangga juara Kariza Masters 2008 masih sangat terbuka lebar, mengingat skor yang mereka hasilkan di hari pertama tidaklah berselisih jauh satu dengan yang lainnya. Bahkan empat dari mereka mengemas skor yang sama di posisi tied 1. Hal itu mengindikasikan bahwa satu kesalahan kecil saja yang mereka lakukan di hole – hole awal, maka kesempatan untuk mengejar ketinggalan bisa dikatakan sirna.

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Pegolf asal Semarang, Agus Supriyanto, mungkin boleh dibilang sebagai pegolf yang paling ‘gerah’ berada dalam champions flight saat itu, karena dirinya merupakan satu – satu nya pegolf yang bukan berasal dari Kalimantan (Balikpapan). Namun justru pegolf pemegang medali emas beregu PON XVII Kaltim, Sudirman, yang terlihat grogi pada awal penampilannya, ketika mendapatkan bogey di tiga hole pertamanya. Begitupun pegolf sedaerahnya Suwardi Eric yang langsung membuka skor-nya dengan bogey, walaupun kemudian dirinya berhasil memperbaiki skor dengan mencetak birdie di dua hole berturut – turut (3 dan 4).

Wawan Setiawan pun nampaknya belum sanggup untuk menghadapi tekanan nuansa Grand Final yang ketat, ketika menutup sembilan hole pertamanya dengan skor 43 (7 over) dari hasil dua kali double bogey dan tiga kali bogey, tanpa sebuah birdie pun yang diciptakannya. Hanya juara bertahan Hardjito yang pada hari itu nampak bermain begitu tenang, walaupun sempat ‘terganjal’ bogey di hole 2 dan berada dua stroke di belakang Suardi Eric hingga hole ke 5. Ketertinggalan Hardjito dari Suardi rupanya tidak berlangsung lama, sampai akhirnya sebuah petaka menimpa Suardi di hole 6, par 5 yang memaksanya untuk menyelesaikan


permainannya di hole tersebut dengan sembilan pukulan. Memanfaatkan situasi tersebut, Hardjito terlihat bermain semakin rileks dengan menambah tiga birdie sampai hole ke 17. Putting untuk par berjarak sekitar 1 meter dari lubang hole 18, gagal diselesaikan Hardjito dengan baik. Namun semua spectators seakan tak menghiraukan kegagalannya itu. Bahkan ketika marshall menyatakan melalui handy talkie bahwa Endin Zarems dan Warsito berhasil mengemas skor satu under pada hari itu, ketua organizing Committee, Ria Prawiro, tetap menanti Hardjito sampai ia ‘melepaskan’ putting terakhirnya untuk segera menyambutnya sebagai seorang JUARA.

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Fatahangi

Hardjito memang pernah merasakan momentum kemenangan ini di tahun 2007, ketika ia berhasil mengalahkan Agung Raka melalui babak play off di pulau Bintan dalam The President Cup 2007. Namun bedanya kali ini ia benar – benar dihadapkan oleh situasi yang lebih berat. Selain baru saja kehilangan putra tercintanya diawal Januari lalu, posisinya sebagai seorang juara bertahan sekaligus ambassador Kariza Masters, membuat beban mentalnya relatif berat untuk dapat kembali mengulang kejayaan-nya tersebut. Hal itu yang membuat dirinya begitu emosional dengan berlari dan ‘tenggelam’ dalam pelukan ketua organizing committee, Ria Prawiro, selepas menutup permainan hari keduanya dengan skor 71 (1 under).

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Bahagia, bangga, dan haru menyelimuti pegolf berdarah Jawa kelahiran Kalimantan itu ketika menerima Challenge Trophy Kariza Masters Amateur Golf Championship 2008 langsung diatas green hole 18 Nirwana Le Meridien Golf & SPA Resorts. Piala yang sama yang pernah diangkatnya setahun yang lalu di Ria Bintan Golf & Country Club dengan nama The President Cup. Namun apapun nantinya tajuk piala itu, yang pasti dua ukiran nama bertuliskan, HARDJITO, akan terus menyertai dimanapun piala itu nantinya berada.

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epintas tak ada yang berbeda dengan acara – acara Prize Giving lain pada umumnya, jika melihat susunan meja – meja yang tertata rapih di area beranda Nirwana Lemeridien Spa & Resort, dalam kaitan Kariza Master Amateur Golf Championship 2008. Jejeran aneka jenis hidangan buffet di bagian belakangnya, merupakan pemandangan yang biasa dalam setiap penghujung acara sebuah turnamen golf yang diselenggarakan di manapun di negara kita. Namun jika melihat kearah podium, baru ada yang terasa sedikit berbeda dengan acara – acara lain, dimana sebuah panggung berukuran ekstra besar berdiri dengan megah seperti layaknya akan digelar sebuah konser musik akbar. Apalagi dalam salah satu back drop berukuran ‘raksasa’ tertulis kalimat “Romance with Vina Panduwinata – Bawa Daku”, diatas warna dasar merah yang mencolok. Memang pada malam itu ‘komandan’Kariza, Ria Prawiro, sengaja merancang acara Gala Dinner sedikit lebih ‘wah’ dari biasanya, dengan mempersembahkan karya – karya lagu ciptaannya melalui suara emas diva Indonesia Vina Panduwinata. Ditemui setelah memberikan sambutan selamat datang serta ucapan terima kasih dari penyelenggara, Ria Prawiro, menyatakan bahwa apa yang dipersiapkannya pada malam itu memang telah direncanakannya dari jauh – jauh hari, tanpa ada tendensi lain selain untuk menyambut dan memberikan kesan tersendiri kepada para Grand Finalis, sponsor, tamu undangan serta seluruh jajaran panitia. Disinggung tentang kalimat “Romance”yang menjadi tema utama dalam pagelaran tersebut, Ria berkomentar bahwa dirinya memang tengah dilanda perasaan ‘jatuh cinta’ yang mendalam terhadap seluruh partisipan Kariza Masters, terutama kepada para staf-nya yang telah bekerja tanpa lelah sejak kualifikasi pertama di Jakarta hingga Grand Final di Bali. “Saya tak dapat melakukan ini semua tanpa bantuan dari para staf saya yang telah bekerja dengan begitu luar biasa. Mereka semua layak mendapatkan ini.” ujar Ria yang malam itu terlihat begitu anggun dengan balutan busana putih ditengah para peserta dan undangan lainnya. PICS : The Flag

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Winner menurut divisi-nya masing – masing termasuk peraih Best Nett overall yang jatuh ke tangan Judo Witjaksana. Suasana riuh dan meriah penyerahan hadiah bagi para pemenang, sama sekali tidak mengurangi nilai – nilai romantisme yang memang sengaja diciptakan pada malam itu, terutama saat MC mendaulat Ria Prawiro untuk naik keatas pentas menuju ke arah sebuah grand piano berwarna putih yang memang telah dipersiapkan bagi dirinya. Para penonton dan undangan yang hadir seolah terhipnotis, ketika jari jemari Ria mulai ‘menari’ dengan lincah diatas tuts - tuts piano memainkan overture dengan iringan Ovation Band, sebagai tembang pembuka. Selanjutnya Vina Panduwinata yang pada malam itu tampil mengenakan busana berwarna biru yang begitu serasi, membuka penampilannya dengan sebuah lagu ciptaan Ria Prawiro berjudul Ceria, dimana lagu tersebut pernah dinyanyikannya juga sebagai lagu pembuka saat launching Kariza pada 22 tahun yang silam.

Para "Punggawa" Concert Bawa Daku Ki-ka: Lal, Herdi, Michael, Ria Prawiro, Donald, Hendro, Andrid, Koko Ki-ka: Toto Pegeng, Ria Prawiro, Becky Tumewu, Purbo, Djoko, Irwan, Cok Simbara, Ichan

Yang paling menyentuh adalah ketika Vina membawakan lagu berjudul‘You’re the One’, dimana menurut Vina lagu tersebut sengaja diciptakan Ria Prawiro untuk dipersembahkan kepada ibundanya tercinta. Selanjutnya Vina mewakili Ria yang tak dapat meninggalkan pianonya, turun dari stage untuk menyerahkan dua karangan bunga masing – masing kepada ibu Leonie Prawiro dan ibu Panduwinata yang juga hadir pada kesempatan itu. Beberapa undangan terlihat tak kuasa untuk membendung air mata mereka.

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Para penonton dan hadirin begitu terlarut oleh nuansa romansa yang dihadirkan oleh Ria dan Vina selama kurang lebih satu setengah jam pementasan mereka. Di lagu terakhir nampak Vina tak kuasa menahan emosi kesedihannya ketika membawakan lagu berjudul “Bawa Daku” ciptaan Ria dan mendiang Dodo Zakaria yang menjadi tajuk pagelaran tersebut. Pasalnya di era tahun 80-an Ria, Vina dan Dodo boleh dikatakan sebagai ‘trisula’ musik kreatif Indonesia yang begitu banyak menelurkan karya karya hits pada masanya. Acara belum sepenuhnya berakhir selepas Vina Panduwinata dan Ria Prawiro meninggalkan panggung berukuran 15 x 8 m tersebut, karena masih ada satu acara yang tentunya juga ditunggu oleh para peserta dan partisipan Kariza Masters 2008, yaitu penyerahan piala tetap bagi sang ‘Master’ Kariza masters 2008 – 2009, Hardjito, sebagai juara untuk yang kedua kalinya sejak The President Cup tahun 2007 yang lalu. Challenge trophy Kariza masters pun kembali di terimanya secara simbolis dari tangan pelindung acara Ibu Leonie Radius Prawiro, walaupun sebelumnya ia telah menerima secara resmi dari tangan ketua Organizing Committee sesaat setelah ia menyelesaikan permainannya di hole 18 Nirwana Le Meridien Golf & Spa Resorts. Bersamaan dengan itu luncuran kembang api berwarna – warni seolah memecah gelapnya langit Kabupaten Tabanan pada malam itu,untuk menyambut kejayaan sang Juara. THE FLAG Edisi 6 No.2 / 2009 101


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“Kemenangan ini bukan untuk saya pribadi. Tapi saya persembahkan untuk semua pihak yang selama ini begitu banyak membantu saya, dan yang terutama adalah untuk mendiang Hendry anak saya.�


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Bagaimana tidak? beban yang sangat berat harus dipikulnya sebagai juara bertahan sekaligus pemain inti tim nasional, yang sudah barang tentu siapapun yang turun di Grand Final ingin ‘menyingkirkan’ atau paling tidak dapat menyainginya. Belum lagi rasa solidaritas yang tinggi terhadap penyelenggara serta rekan – rekan peserta lain pun harus ditunjukkannya dengan tulus dan penuh rasa tanggung jawab sebagai ambassador Kariza Masters 2008. Padahal semua pihak yang terlibat tentunya mau memaklumi seandainya saja Hardjito membatalkan kehadirannya dalam kesempatan grand final tersebut, dimana belum genap 40 hari anak sulungnya, Hendry Galih Susanto, meninggal dunia akibat kecelakaan lalu lintas pada tanggal 10 Januari 2009 yang lalu. Dan yang boleh diacungi jempol adalah strategi dan mental bertandingnya masih sangat terlihat tajam diatas lapangan dalam situasi seperti itu, untuk sekali lagi berhasil mengangkat tinggi – tinggi Challenge Trophy Kariza Masters didepan semua pesaingnya.

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redikat ‘Master’ yang kini disandang oleh Hardjito memang boleh jadi hanya berlaku di lingkungan para peserta Kariza Masters Amateur Golf Championship 2008 serta keluarga besar KARIZA sebagai event creator dari seri turnamen tersebut. Namun rasanya tidak terlalu berlebihan apabila predikat itu boleh melekat terus secara resmi disamping namanya dimanapun ia berada, pasalnya pegolf kelahiran Balikpapan 10 Mei 1970 yang sampai kini masih berstatus sebagai karyawan tetap Bank Kaltim tersebut begitu memperlihatkan rasa solidaritas dan sportifitasnya sebagai sebagai seorang atlit golf nasional yang memiliki dedikasi tinggi terhadap olah raga yang ditekuninya tersebut selama mengikuti dua hari babak Grand Final Kariza Masters di Le Meridien Nirwana Golf & Spa Resort, Bali pada tanggal 22 dan 23 Januari 2009.

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Hardjito sungguh memegang teguh komitmennya sebagai seorang juara bertahan, ketika terakhir kali diwawancarai oleh reporter The Flag sesaat setelah menerima Chalange Trophy The President Cup 2007 di Pulau Bintan. “Insya Allah, jika saya masih di beri kekuatan, kesehatan dan umur panjang saya akan selalu siap mempertahankan gelar yang saya raih dengan susah payah ini”, janjinya saat itu. Dan doa-nya pun terkabul, karena bukan saja ia diberi NYA kesehatan dan kekuatan untuk dapat turun bertanding mempertahankan gelarnya, namun yang lebih dari pada itu adalah ketika dirinya diberi sekali lagi kesempatan untuk merasakan bangganya berada diatas panggung Juara. Masuk pertama kali kedalam jajaran tim Nasional Merah Putih pada tahun 2007, Hardjito merupakan salah satu pegolf andalan Indonesia disetiap event – event internasional bersama para kompatriotnya seperti Suprapto, Andik Mauludin dan Benny Kasiadi. Tak ada yang menyangkal bahwa sosok ayah dua orang anak ini dikenal sebagai pribadi yang sabar dan tahu menempatkan perasaan emosionalnya saat bertanding di tengah lapangan. Ia juga dikenal sebagai orang yang tak pernah melupakan jasa – jasa setiap indvidu yang pernah membantu karirnya sebagai seorang golfer maupun sebagai seorang pegawai di tempatnya bekerja.

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“Saya berterima kasih kepada Bapak H. Aminuddin beserta segenap jajaran Direksi dan pimpinan Bank Kaltim dimana saya bekerja selama ini. Tanpa dukungan mereka mungkin saya tidak akan dapat banyak berkiprah di kancah golf nasional seperti sekarang. Kemenangan ini bukan untuk saya pribadi. Tapi saya persembahkan untuk

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semua pihak yang selama ini begitu banyak membantu saya, dan yang terutama adalah untuk mendiang Hendry anak saya.” ujarnya dengan mata berkaca – kaca. “Sebelum turun bertanding di hari pertama saya sudah sampaikan langsung kepada ibu Ria Prawiro, bahwa saya ingin bermain untuk Hendry, Istri saya dan ibu Ria sendiri.” sambungnya sambil melirik dan tersenyum kepada Ria Prawiro yang dipanggilnya dengan sebutan ‘Mama Ria’ tersebut. Jadi pantas kiranya jika majalah The Flag sebagai official media Kariza Masters Amateur Golf Championship 2008, menobatkannya sebagai “The Master Of Kariza Masters” yang mungkin tak akan mudah tergantikan bahkan sampai beberapa kurun waktu kedepan.

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Selamat Hardjito sang Master!!!

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ukses bukan hanya berarti bergelimang pujian maupun tepukan. Namun menerima dengan tulus setiap masukan atas segala kekurangan yang diperbuat adalah embrio sukses yang sesungguhnya. Seperti kata pepatah “Tak ada gading yang tak retak”…setiap keberhasilan tentunya tak luput

dari segala kekhilafan dan kesalahan untuk segera diperbaiki. Karenanya tak ada yang lebih berarti bagi pihak penyelenggara Kariza Masters Amateur Golf Championship, selain dari uluran komentar, kritik, maupun saran dari para partisipan dibawah ini, sebagai bahan evaluasi dan pembenahan diri.

“ Ibu Ria, gorgeous.. multi talent.. You are one of a kind. For the rest of the Kariza team, all the best for you..

Ario Gading Winner Divisi B Kualifikasi Southlink Country Club Batam Despite of the down turn on the closing ceremony, which a little bit bizard by turning it into some sort like a Family gathering.. Overall it was amazing..Very well organized tournament.. Syabas and Tahniah for SK “the dictator”, two thumbs for you man.... Ibu Ria, gorgeous.. multi talent.. You are one of a kind. For the rest of the Kariza team, all the best for you.. Thank you for all the hospitalities, patience. wish to meet you all again.

“Walau tidak menang tetapi itu merupakan pengalaman yang tidak terlupakan,,,”

Lanny Gunawan

Winner Divisi C Kualifikasi Emeralda Golf Club

Damien Ardika Best Nett Overall Kualifikasi Bali Gof & CC Nusa Dua Bali

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Saya Sangat bersyukur pada Tuhan yang telah memberi kesempatan kepada saya mengikuti turnamen golf Kariza sampai pada finalnya di Bali, walau tidak menang tetapi itu merupakan pengalaman yang tidak terlupakan, temanteman, panitianya semua ramah-ramah juga bu Ria dan pak Sk. Thanks for u all and u’re support God Bless.

“ Jenis lapangan yang dipilih sangatlah memiliki sifat tantangan yang beragam. Saya dapat mengambil hikmah dari setiap kegagalan atau kesalahan yang diperbuat...”

Maria Christina Best Gross Overall Kualifikasi Borobudur International Golf & CC Final Kariza Masters membuat para golfer seperti benar - benar mengikuti pertandingan bertaraf internasional. Jenis lapangan yang dipilih sangatlah memiliki sifat tantangan yang beragam. Saya dapat mengambil hikmah dari setiap kegagalan atau kesalahan yang diperbuat. Kalau ada kesempatan, tahun depan pasti berjuang lebih baik. Cia yo . . . . tim kariza masters!


“Saya bangga sekali di negeri ini ada organizer yang mewadahi pecinta golf amatir untuk mendapatkan kepuasan dalam hal prestasi,”

Eka S. Tjokro Winner Divisi C Kualifikasi Finna Golf Surabaya Saya berterima kasih sekali telah mendapatkan kesempatan untuk kedua kalinya menjadi finalis tournament golf yang diselenggarakan oleh Kariza, pada kesempatan yang kedua saya mendapatkan peningkatan dalam kualitas golfers maupun peningkatan dalam acara dan sistim pertandingannya, saya bangga sekali di negeri ini ada organizer yang mewadahi pecinta golf amatir untuk mendapatkan kepuasan dalam hal prestasi, dengan turnament ini kita bisa mengukur kemampuan, sportifitas, sosialisasi dan friendship sesama pegolf se Nusantara. Akhir kata saya sangat puas atas kerja keras team Kariza semoga di turnament mendatang lebih lebih lebih sukses dari sebelumnya Hidup Kariza

“Acungan jempol kepada Panitia dari Kariza dan juga Le Meridien Nirwana yang telah menyediakan Grand Final yang sangat Luar Biasa. “

Willie Martin Winner B Division Kualifikasi Royal Sumatera Medan

“Galery penonton yang diciptakan dapat ditiru oleh komite penyelenggara pertandingan lainnya,

Bagus Kurniaji General Manager Riverside Golf Club/Guest Division Puncak Rangkaian Event Kariza Master 2008 yang dulunya bernama President Cup di Nirwana Bali, setting terasa sangat spesial, pasti dipersiapkan hingga detail, karena kami semua merasakan tidak saja dari golf game nya saja namun juga ambience kompetisi antar peserta sangat kental persaingannya baik untuk perorangan apalagi Team , apalagi sewaktu final Flight A, di hole terakhir,galery penonton yang diciptakan dapat ditiru oleh komite penyelenggara pertandingan lainnya, BRAVO Kariza Team , maju terus,...sukses dan tahun 2009 lebih semarak.

“Bali is Amazing! Saya merasa sangat senang bisa berkumpul lagi dengan Keluarga Besar KARIZA dan teman - teman golfer dari seluruh Indonesia. Banyak sekali wajah2 lama yang juga turut bergabung dalam acara grand final di Le Meridien Nirwana Bali. Arrangements dari pihak Panitia mulai dari penjemputan, meals, akomodasi sampai lapangan golf memang amat luar biasa. Kondisi lapangan mulai dari Tee Box sampai Green sangat sempurna. Banyak pemain yang termasuk saya sendiri juga kewalahan dengan Green Speed yang kalau tidak salah, mencapai speed of 11 sewaktu siang hari. Acungan jempol kepada Panitia dari Kariza dan juga Le Meridien Nirwana yang telah menyediakan Grand Final yang sangat Luar Biasa. As I always told myself at the end of the Grand Final Show, I will play better next time and join the Grand Final again. I am proud that I can be a part of the Big Kariza Family. Looking forward for the Next Qualifying Tournament Thanks. THE FLAG Edisi 6 No.2 / 2009 109


“ Saya selalu ingin melihat Kariza Masters menjadi turnamen yang besar dari tahun ke tahun, karena bagi saya turnamen seperti inilah yang dapat menyemangati kita pembinaan golf di daerah – daerah...”

Fatahangi

Melihat dari pengaturan acara penutupan yang tertata dengan rapih pada Grand Final, saya harus jujur mengatakan bahwa tim Kariza telah bekerja dengan sangat baik. Secara keseluruhan penyelenggaraan Kariza masters boleh dijadikan contoh oleh para penyelenggara lain dalam hal komitmen dan disiplin. Selain itu Kariza telah mampu membuka jalan bagi seluruh kalangan golfer amatir di seluruh Indonesia tanpa terkecuali, untuk bersama – sama merasakan nuansa persaingan golf yang sesungguhnya.

“ It’s possible to participate in such a Great Event, and my only hope is to be able to repeat so I can join you next year...”

Otis Bourgeois Winner Divisi C Kualifikasi Southlink Country Club Batam / Best Nett 2 Divisi C Grand Final

Best Nett I Division B Grand Final Akhir kata saya ucapkan salut dan terima kasih kepada Ibu Ria Prawiro. Perjuangannya untuk membuat Kariza Masters sebagai turnamen golf amatir yang disegani patut kita acungi jempol…saya cinta Kariza Masters !

Namun jika saya boleh menyumbang saran atau usul, agar dalam waktu kedepan beberapa peranan Tournament Director bisa didelegasikan kepada beberapa orang yang bisa dipercaya. Sehingga tidak ada kesan dominasi satu orang dalam pelaksanaan operasional di lapangan.

From start to finish the Grand Final of the Kariza Masters was a “First Class” event and something that will always hold a special place in my golfing heart.

Pengawasan skor sebaiknya lebih diperketat seperti waktu Grand Final di Bintan tahun 2007 lalu. Walaupun kita tahu bahwa golf adalah gentlemen game, namun masih banyak golfer – golfer kita yang belum menyadari akan hal itu, sehingga tidak sedikit yang masih berusaha untuk mengambil peluang manipulasi skor.

Many Thanks to all the event planners and sponsors for making it’s possible to participate in such a Great Event, and my only hope is to be able to repeat so I can join you next year.

Saya selalu ingin melihat Kariza Masters menjadi turnamen yang besar dari tahun ke tahun, karena bagi saya turnamen seperti inilah yang dapat menyemangati kiat pembinaan golf di daerah – daerah.

Apalagi para finalis dihibur oleh kepiawaian Ibu Ria Prawiro dalam memainkan piano serta penyanyi kenamaan Vina Panduwinata. Dan akhirnya kami diantar kembali ke airport dengan penuh senyum.

Maji Golf Operation Manager Borobudur International Golf & Country Club / Guest Division

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Kami mengucapkan terimakasih bahwa Borobudur Golf dijadikan salah satu tempat untuk penyisihan sehingga Borobudur Golf lebih dikenal oleh para golfer diseluruh Indonesia. Tak lupa kami mengucapkan terimakasih pada Mr.Sangkuny,Ibu Radius Prawiro dan Ibu Ria Prawiro untuk hal tersebut.

pengumuman pemenang dengan pesta kembang api dipinggir pantai, sangat indah sekali ! Apalagi para finalis dihibur oleh kepiawaian Ibu Ria Prawiro dalam memainkan piano serta penyanyi kenamaan Vina Panduwinata. Dan akhirnya kami diantar kembali ke airport dengan penuh senyum.

Untuk penyelenggaraan final di Bali acaranya dari awal sampai akhir sangat istimewa,dari penjemputan di airport serta Gala Dinner yang sangat waaaah. Pertandingannya juga di organize dengan baik serta diakhiri dengan

Tak lupa sekali lagi kami ucapkan terimakasih atas gift away berupa golf bag dari Nickent. Maju terus kariza, semoga tambah sukses ditahun yang akan datang.


“ Komunitas golfer yang akan mencintai Kariza Event itu akan bertambah besar dikemudian hari..dan bisa dimanfaatkan untuk berbagai hal yang berguna. Bikin Kariza Club, Millis...yakinlah ide baik akan datang dari segala penjuru...”

Komang Raka Best Nett I Divisi C Grand Final Course Excelent, Rules accepted

Golf itu mampu merubah habit buruk menjadi lebih sportif, jujur, dll. Terutama Bapak-bapak agak sulit merubah habitnya, makanya target iklan2 itu dominan ke ibu dan anak. Saya amati Kariza konsisten disitu, maka Kariza akan berperan dalam perubahan Habit Bangsa (sebagian golfer is the boss dari berbagai tingkatan). Services, Hospitality selama penyelenggaraan juga excelent. Fun....? Need to improve. Acara interaksi anggota masih bisa dimaksimalkan Kariza. Komunitas golfer yang akan mencintai Kariza Event itu akan bertambah besar dikemudian hari.. dan bisa dimanfaatkan untuk berbagai hal yang berguna. Bikin Kariza Club, Millis...yakinlah ide baik akan datang dari segala penjuru. Sponsorhip...?Jika Kariza melayani golfers seperti sekarang, maka sponsor akan antre... ambil nomor urut dulu. The FLAG kemasannya ekslusif, perlu tambahan Tips & Trick saja, bayar juga saya mau. BRAVO.

“ Maju terus Kariza, dengan nahkoda Ria Prawiro yang multi talenta, pekerja keras, rendah hati dan memiliki jaringan yang sangat luas, maka para golfer di Indonesia akan selalu menantikan setiap event yang diselenggarakan”.

Djoko Pidekso Grand Finalist - BNO The President up 2007 Brilliant and Consistent Dengan memadukan tournament golf dan tempat pariwisata yang istimewa di Indonesia (Bintan -2008 dan Bali-2009), memperlihatkan ide yg cemerlang dan keseriusan Kariza dalam memajukan olah raga golf dan mengenalkan tempat pariwisata di Indonesia. Fantastic and good quality Pemilihan golf course dan hotel, untuk para finalis juga menunjukkan tingkat kualitas yang diinginkan oleh pihak penyelenggara. Peletakan pinhole disetiap hole dan pemilihan speed di green selama 2 hari juga menjadi

“Pin placing yang menyulitkan para finalist untuk memasukan bola ke hole menjadikan tantangan yang sangat berarti...”

Yassi Tanz Grand finalist termuda Kualifikasi Balikpapan Menurut saya, final round Kariza Masters yg dilaksanakan di Nirwana Golf & SPA Resorts – Bali, sangatlah tepat, dimana Kariza mengkondisikan lapangan dengan sangat baik. Pin placing yang menyulitkan para finalist untuk memasukan bola ke hole menjadikan tantangan yang sangat berarti. Tetap jaya untuk Kariza Viratama..!!

tantangan tersendiri bagi para finalists untuk menaklukkan golf-course Nirwana yang sangat indah ini. Unforgettable Cerianya malam gala dinner yang menampilkan acara penuh kejutan-kejutan seperti tampilnya Ria Prawiro di grand piano bersama si burung camar Vina Panduwinata membawakan beberapa lagu hasil ciptaan Ria Prawiro, dan diakhiri pesta kembang api yang sangat meriah, akan menjadi malam yang tak terlupakan bagi para finalist. Tak ada gading yang tak retak, tentu ada beberapa ke tidak nyaman-an yang dialami oleh para finalist yang akan menjadi catatan special bagi Kariza untuk penyelenggaraan tournament berikutnya. Maju terus Kariza, dengan nahkoda Ria Prawiro yang multi talenta, pekerja keras , rendah hati dan memiliki jaringan yang sangat luas, maka para golfer di Indonesia akan selalu menantikan setiap event yang diselenggarakan.

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“Bahkan kawan – kawan yang baru pertama kali mengikuti acara grand final di Bali ini pun sempat bertanya kepada saya, apakah tahun 2007 lalu juga mengalami pelayanan yang hebat seperti ini. Saya jawab “Ya !”,

Purbo Waskito Winner Divisi A, Kualifikasi Riverside Golf Club Secara organisasi Kariza memiliki prestasi yang luar biasa dalam penyelenggaraan Kariza Masters 2008. Ini merupakan kelanjutan sukses penyelenggaraan tahun 2007 yang lalu di Ria Bintan, dimana saya juga saat itu berhasil mencapai Grand Final. Namun untuk acara Gala Dinner, Kariza menyuguhkan acara yang jauh lebih mengesankan dari penyelenggaraan sebelumnya, pelayanan terhadap para finalis pun tahun ini mengalami peningkatan yang cukup signifikan, pendeknya semua berjalan dengan luar biasa. Bahkan kawan – kawan yang baru pertama kali mengikuti acara

grand final di Bali ini pun sempat bertanya kepada saya, apakah tahun 2007 lalu juga mengalami pelayanan yang hebat seperti ini. Saya jawab “Ya !”, karena saya melihat kekonsistenan dari Kariza dan Ria Prawiro sebagai pimpinannya yang begitu serius menggarap turnamen yang semakin berbobot ini. Untuk penyelenggaraan waktu – waktu yang akan datang saya harapkan kinerja seperti ini dapat dipertahankan dan lebih ditingkatkan melalui improvisasi dan inovasi yang baru. Selamat untuk Ria dan Kariza.

“ Kariza telah melakukannya dari awal sampai pada akhirnya dengan begitu baik dan indah, Profesional game seperti kelas dunia, dan juga friendly game (kekeluargaan) seperti layaknya orang Asia, khususnya bangsa kita INDONESIA. Bagi saya Kariza Masters memang layak disebut “Indonesia’s Best and Largest Amateur Golf Championship”.

Amy Dijaya Sutrisno Director of Nickent Distribution Indonesia Guest Division

Masters Amateur Golf tournament 2008 ini, walaupun pada awalnya kami ragu. Kariza telah melakukannya dari awal sampai pada akhirnya dengan begitu baik dan indah, Profesional game seperti kelas dunia, dan juga friendly game (kekeluargaan) seperti layaknya orang Asia, khususnya bangsa kita INDONESIA. Bagi saya Kariza Masters memang layak disebut “Indonesia's Best and Largest Amateur Golf Championship”.

Wow …Luar Biasa !, it's so professional just like International Golf Tournament and yet . it's also friendly game just like one big family gathering, Good combination.

kami percaya baik sponsor maupun para peserta tournament merasakan hal yang sama. Harapan kami untuk Kariza adalah melalui turnament seperti ini kita dapat memajukan dan mengangkat nama para golfer yang berprestasi dari Indonesia ke kelas dunia.

Kami sebagai pihak NICKENT Golf merasa bangga telah menjadi bagian dari Kariza

Sekali lagi Selamat dan Suksess selalu, Tuhan memberkati kita semua.

Satria Wicaksana Best Net I Divisi A Grand Final

Rully F. Lasahido General Manager Padang Golf Gading Raya - Guest Division

Semoga Kariza tiap tahun lebih meriah lagi

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Perfect Momento.... Far beyond others..... No Competitors.... Speechless..


“Saya tidak memiliki lagi kata – kata yang tepat untuk menggambarkan perasaan saya mengikuti turnamen ini selain “Luar Biasa !” Ini yang sebenarnya ingin saya sampaikan kepada kawan – kawan yang lain, bahwa jarang dapat kita temukan lagi rangkaian turnamen dengan pelayanan dan entertainment seperti yang didapat dalam Kariza masters”.

Ichan TM Winner Divisi B Kualifikasi Sentul Highland Saya memberanikan diri mewakili kawan – kawan finalis Kariza Masters 2008 ini untuk mengucapkan banyak – banyak terima kasih atas pelayanan tulus yang diberikan oleh Ria Prawiro bersama tim Kariza kepada semua Grand Finalist di Bali. Saya tidak memiliki lagi kata – kata yang tepat untuk menggambarkan perasaan saya mengikuti turnamen ini selain “Luar Biasa !” Ini yang sebenarnya ingin saya sampaikan kepada kawan – kawan yang lain, bahwa jarang dapat kita temukan lagi rangkaian turnamen dengan pelayanan dan entertainment seperti yang didapat dalam Kariza masters.

Saya tidak pernah membayangkan bahwa dengan hanya membayar pendaftaran kualifikasi sebesar satu juta dua ratus lima puluh ribu rupiah, saya bisa mendapatkan pelayanan yang begitu mewah dalam Grand Final. Itu artinya komitmen pelayanan Kariza sangat jelas bahwa kenyamanan akan dapat dirasakan apabila dibarengi dengan prestasi. Salut untuk Kariza dan kami masih menunggu kejutan – kejutan yang lain !

“ Grand Final Kariza Master adalah A Great Golf Tournament and a vacations at Once! “

Rina Maharani Golf Operations Manager Gombel Golf Semarang - Guest Division Grand Final Kariza Master adalah hadiah terbaik untuk Team Gombel Golf Semarang, kami dari Manajemen mengucapkan terima kasih atas kerjasama yang terjalin baik dari mulai penyelenggaraan babak seleksi di Gombel Golf maupun ketika kami diundang di Bali. Seperti yang saya bilang kepada golfer Semarang ketika saya kembali dari Bali :" Grand Final Kariza Master adalah A Great Golf Tournament and a vacations at Once! " Sukses untuk Kariza Master!

“Terutama terhadap kinerja panitia dari Kariza”.

Song Won Kyu Winner divisi B Borobudur Internasional golf & CC Kariza Masters bagus banget. Lapangan, hotel, makanan, acara semua paling top banget. Hanya satu saja yang masih membingungkan yaitu masalah penghitungan handicap. Yang lainnya puas semua. Terutama terhadap kinerja panitia dari Kariza. Terima kasih banyak dan sampai jumpa tahun depan...

“ Sebagai turnamen golf amatir yg terbesar di tanah air Kariza Masters telah menjadi pelopor bagi kebangkitan prestasi Golf di tanah air, saya yakin dengan adanya turnamenturnamen seperti ini akan memacu prestasi Golf di masa yang akan datang.”

Adi Wijaya Winner Divisi A Kualifikasi Gombel Golf Semarang Terima kasih, penyelenggaraan Kariza Master Final di BNR sangat baik. Kualitas peserta saya lihat juga cukup baik. Sebagai turnamen golf amatir yg terbesar di tanah air Kariza Master telah menjadi pelopor bagi kebangkitan prestasi Golf di tanah air, saya yakin dengan adanya turnamen-turnamen seperti ini akan memacu prestasi Golf di masa yang akan datang. Terima kasih, Kariza sudah memulai semoga terus berlanjut dan diikuti even even lain. THE FLAG Edisi 6 No.2 / 2009 113


“Bener2 gak nyangka ternyata ibu Ria itu hebat euy …….“POKOKNYA KARIZA MEMANG WWOOKE”

Ade Saefulrohim Winner Divisi B Kualifikasi Gading Raya

Kesan saya mengenai final Kariza Master yang kemarin diadakan di BNR sungguh luar biasa, saya sangat setuju kalau KARIZA Master Tournamen ini dikatakan sebagai tournament Amatir terbesar di Indonesia, selain diikuti oleh para golfer dari seluruh Indonesia juga Kariza sangat berani mengadakan acara ini di Bali dimana biaya penyelengaraannya ini sudah pasti mahal, tetapi kita para golfer sama sekali tidak di pungut biaya 1 sen pun, mulai dari hotel, makan

transport di Bali, Golf Bag dan perlengkapan golf lainnya semua ditanggung Kariza dan para seponsornya. Selain itu kita para amatir menjadi belajar bagaimana mengikuti sebuah tournament golf yang sesungguhnya dengan segala macam aturan dan tingkat kesulitan lapangan yang begitu menantang, Dan yang lebih mengesankan lagi, di penghujung acara pada saat pembagian hadiah, kita para golfer di suguhi acara yang luar biasa lagi, dimana kariza mempersembahkan hiburan dengan panggung yang istimewa dan penyanyi terkenal yaitu si burung camar Vina Pandu Winata dan yang saya gak nyangka ternayata lagu2 yang dibawainnya itu ciptaan Ibu Ria sekaligus dia juga yang main pianonya. Bener2 gak nyangka ternyata ibu Ria itu hebat euy …….“POKOKNYA KARIZA MEMANG WWOOKE ”

“Untuk penggunaan handicap hendaknya tidak dari hasil qualifikasi, tetapi didasarkan atas handicap club yang terendah digunakan, dan secara keseluruhan pelaksanaan quailifikasi maupun grand final kariza masters sangat berkelas”.

I Ketut Wira Hadiputra General Manager Pertamina Balikpapan Golf Club - Guest Division Perubahan nama dari President Cup menjadi Kariza Masters Amateur Golf Championship tidak berdampak kepada animo golfers untuk mengikutinya, bahkan untuk didaerah khususnya Balikpapan Kalimantan Timur menjadikan momentum kariza masters ini untuk menguji prestasi, kami berharap untuk tahun-tahun berikutnya dapat dipercaya kembali sebagai venue dengan persiapan yang

lebih matang. Satu catatan dalam pelaksanaan grand final, untuk penggunaan handicap hendaknya tidak dari hasil qualifikasi, tetapi didasarkan atas handicap club yang terendah digunakan, dan secara keseluruhan pelaksanaan quailifikasi maupun grand final kariza masters sangat berkelas, demikian, salam hangat dari PBGC.

“Pelaksanaan turnamen sangat profesional, dengan persiapan lapangan, caddy senior yg sudah di persiapkan”.

Henry Bangun Winner Divisi B Kualifikasi Riverside Golf Club Kariza Master memang ok punya. Final round januari 2009 lalu di Nirwana Bali, perlu dapat acungan dua jempol. Finalist dijemput di bandara Ngurah Rai, tinggal duduk di jemputan yg cukup representatif. Tiba di Le meridien Nirwana disambut bagaikan tamu agung, dengan minuman dan kembang di telinga. Room hotel berstandar bintang lima disediakan sharing 2 orang. Makanan utk malam sangat ok, sarapan pagi berkelas bintang lima dan makan siang juga ok.

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Pelaksanaan turnamen sangat profesional, dengan persiapan lapangan, caddy senior yg sudah di persiapkan. Pesta penutupan yang spektakuler, penampilan Vina Panduwinata dengan lagu2 ciptaan Ria Prawiro yg energik dan romantik, ditutup dengan pesta kembang api meriah, dan penyalaan banner Kariza Masters dengan tembakan kembang api yg Mengejutkan. Over all, good. Bravo KARIZA MASTERS.


“Untuk catatan saja khususnya di PERTANDINGANNYA masalah handicap yg perlu dipertimbangkan karena system 36 yg dipakai pada babak penyisihan (series) untuk mendapakan handikap seorang pemain, dipakai pada waktu GRANDFINAL yang memakai format pertandingannya Strokeplay on handicap yang mana seyogianya system36 hanyalah untuk menentukan handikap pemain pada hari itu (Handicap of the day)”

“Semua berperan aktif dalam setiap acara yang dilangsungkan…semua jadi bintangnya…dan saya ingin menyebutnya sebagai “Malam Bintang”.

Rita Daenuwy Best Nett Overall Kualifikasi Jagorawi Golf & CC It’s a very nice evening…penuh kekompakan dan kekeluargaan. Malam itu kita dapat merasakan seperti menjadi bagian dari sebuah komunitas yang besar. Kita bisa saling menghargai satu dengan yang lain dengan penuh ketulusan.

Sondang PS Tambunan Runner Up Divisi A Kualifikasi Jagorawi Golf & CC

Perasaan saya bercampur antara surprise, haru dan bangga ketika melihat penampilan Ria Prawiro yang multi talenta memainkan lagu – lagunya diatas panggung…luar biasa !

Pertama-tama saya ucapkan selamat kepada Ibu Ria Prawiro beserta jajaran Tim Kariza yang telah sukses melaksanakan Tournament Golf berseri KARIZA MASTER untuk yang ke 2 kalinya dimana pada tahun 2008 diikuti oleh lebih dari 1300 golfer dalam 14 seri di seluruh Indonesia.

Semua berperan aktif dalam setiap acara yang dilangsungkan…semua jadi bintangnya…dan saya ingin menyebutnya sebagai “Malam Bintang”.

“Saya dan istri sangat terkesan dengan dukungan dan partisipasi dari pihak penyelenggara”

Bakti Wiramihardja Managing Director PT Multistrada Arah Sarana Tbk Guest Division Sangat senang sekali bisa ikut turnamen yang sekelas dengan turnamen “Pro” . Service yang memuaskan, mulai dari penjemputan di airport sampai dengan acara penutupan. Saya dan istri sangat terkesan dengan dukungan dan partisipasi dari pihak penyelenggara, khususnya keluarga Prawiro. Salam.

Grand Final Kariza Master 2008 di Bali Nirwana Resort, mulai dari Penjemputan pemain di Airport, fasilitas akomodasi hotel & makan di Le Meredian Bali Nirwana, persiapan lapangan golf serta acara Prizegiving / farewell dinner sungguh luar biasa... Untuk catatan saja khususnya di PERTANDINGANNYA masalah handicap yang perlu dipertimbangkan karena system 36 yang dipakai pada babak penyisihan (series) untuk mendapakan handikap seorang pemain, dipakai pada waktu GRANDFINAL yang memakai format pertandingannya Strokeplay on handicap yang mana seyogianya system 36 hanyalah untuk menentukan handikap pemain pada hari itu (Handicap of the day) Sekali lagi SUKSES UNTUK KARIZA serta kami tunggu Putaran seri 2009.. Salam untuk teman2 di Kariza.

“Secara khusus di segi acara sangat bagus...Akomodasi ok banget...”

Endin Zarems Best Gross Over All Kualifikasi Emeralda Golf Club Grand Final Kariza Masters kali ini sangat luar biasa dibandingkan dengan grand final tahun lalu. Secara khusus di segi acara sangat bagus...Akomodasi ok banget... Sukses buat Kariza

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Indonesia’s Largest Amateur Golf Championship

Persaingan Ayah Dan Anak Dipilihnya Nirwana Le Meridien Golf & Spa Resorts – Bali sebagai tempat penyelenggaraan Grand Final Kariza Masters Amateur Golf Championship, tak pelak membuat beberapa qualifier dari luar Bali sejak jauh – jauh hari telah membuat rencana untuk dapat juga membawa serta keluarga mereka ke pulau Dewata dengan maksud sekalian menikmati liburan.

Hebatnya secara tekhnis dan tingkatan golf, Yassi justru berada satu level dari sang Ayah yang melenggang ke Grand Final melalui kualifikasi Imperial Karawaci tersebut, dimana Yassi tercatat dalam Divisi A dengan handicap 8, sedangkan Bambang berada di Divisi B dengan handicap 13.

Namun lain hal-nya dengan grand finalist asal Balikpapan Bambang Espe yang hadir di Bali disertai puteranya Yassi Tanz, yang mana Yassi mengikuti sang ayah bukan dalam rangka ‘nebeng’ liburan.

Namun dalam permainan golf pengalaman bertanding memang memegang peranan, karena walaupun Yassi sempat unggul tujuh stroke dari sang ayah di hari pertama, dirinya harus mengakui keunggulan ayahnya tersebut dengan selisih sembilan stroke pada hari kedua.

Yassi yang dalam kualifikasi ke 13 di Pertamina Balikpapan Golf Club menduduki Runner Up Division A, terpilih ke Grand Final untuk menggantikan posisi kosong Andi Muhammad yang naik menggantikan pemenang Best Nett Overall, Ahmad Siang, yang berhalangan hadir.

Diluar semua kegagalannya menyaingi pengalaman sang ayah, Yassi sepertinya boleh diandalkan sebagai pegolf masa depan Kalimantan Timur dalam event – event nasional. Karena bila talentanya terus di pupuk dan

dipertajam, bukan tidak mungkin kelak ia bisa menggantikan posisi senior-nya Hardjito dalam tim Nasional Indonesia. Mengingat usianya yang baru menginjak 15 tahun.

Husein Massa Disangka Obama Ditengah kesibukkan meliput jalannya pertandingan putaran kedua, reporter majalah The Flag sempat disapa oleh seorang grand finalist asal kota Pekalongan yang diketahui bernama Husein Massa. Pria setengah baya itu dengan serius meminta untuk diambil gambarnya hanya dari samping saja. Ditanya akan hal itu Husein malah balik bertanya “apakah muka saya dari samping seperti Presiden Obama ? karena tiap orang di lapangan yang berpapasan dan memandang wajah saya dari arah samping, menyapa saya dengan sapaan Obama. Jadi saya ingin lihat dari hasil foto digital apakah benar saya mirip dengan Obama”.

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Sambil tak kuasa menahan senyum reporter The Flag akhirnya meluluskan permintaannya seraya membidikan kameranya kearah samping wajah Husein Massa. Hasilnya ternyata memang wajahnya lumayan mirip dengan Presiden Amerika Serikat ke 43 yang baru saja dilantik tersebut. “Terima kasih, ternyata memang sedikit mirip”, komentarnya setelah melihat hasil foto close up ‘samping’ wajahnya sambil tersenyum puas. Sang reporter pun dengan jahil langsung berkomentar, “Oke selamat bertanding mister president”. Hussein ‘Obama’ Massa pun berjalan pergi dengan melempar senyum sambil melambaikan tangannya persis seperti seorang pemimpin negara melambaikan tangan kepada rakyatnya…ada – ada saja.


Meng’Kambing Hitam’kan Greg Norman Diluar eloknya pemandangan alam sekitar padang golf Nirwana Le Meridien Golf & Spa Resorts, lapangan hasil disain pegolf legendaris Greg Norman tersebut ternyata memiliki tingkat kesulitan yang begitu tinggi. Hal itu terindikasi dari obrolan para Grand Finalist yang rata – rata menyatakan bahwa betapa sulitnya mereka menaklukkan salah satu lapangan terindah di pulau Bali tersebut. Yang menjadi sasaran kekesalan tentu biasanya para anggota komite dan petugas lapangan yang kebetulan berpapasan dengan para pemain tersebut. “Wah pilih lapangannya kok yang susah sih mas ?”, atau “Green nya kok dibikin susah sih mas ?”, merupakan komentar – komentar umum yang selalu keluar dari mulut para pemain yang merasa bermain jelek pada saat itu. Tak ada jalan lain !, jawaban yang paling tepat untuk dilontarkan oleh panitia biasanya

adalah dengan meng’kambing hitam’kan sang disainer Greg Norman. “Bukan kita yang membuatnya pak, tapi Greg Norman yang merancang lapangan ini jadi susah”, begitu biasanya jawaban dari komite maupun petugas lapangan. Namun lain halnya jika seseorang memuji panitia karena telah memilih lapangan yang berstandar internasional juga memiliki tantangan yang sempurna. Biasanya jawaban yang muncul adalah “Terima kasih, memang Kami telah mempersiapkannya dari jauh – jauh hari”…ceileee, dasar manusia kalau dipuji selalu ingin menonjolkan ke-akuan-nya. Tapi jika di kritik biasanya langsung mencari kambing hitam…dan satu – satu nya kambing hitam yang paling cocok untuk masalah kesulitan lapangan adalah memang Greg Norman… sorry Mr. Norman !

Dua Green Jacket Untuk Hardjito Namun selidik punya selidik ternyata petugas pembawa Green Jacket lah yang salah menarik gantungan jacket yang keduanya tersimpan di sekretariat panitia. Hardjito sendiri tidak menyadari akan hal itu karena larut dalam kegembiraan kemenangannya. Untungnya selepas penyerahan piala, sang Juara masih bersedia melakukan sesi pemotretan ulang untuk kepentingan publikasi. Bahkan ketua Organizing Committee, Ria Prawiro, langsung turun tangan untuk sesi pemotretan tersebut. Hasilnya justru sangat mengembirakan, karena penataan lokasi dan gaya sentuhan Ria Prawiro malah membuat hasil foto menjadi lebih artistik.

Mungkin Hardjito adalah satu – satu nya pegolf yang memiliki dua buah Green Jacket kejuaraan dalam lingkup turnamen yang sama. Karena pegolf berusia 39 tahun tersebut merupakan juara bertahan dari sebuah seri turnamen yang berganti nama. Jadi Green Jacket The President Cup 2007 yang baru diterimanya pada acara pembukaan Kariza Masters Amateur Golf Championship di Sentul Highland Golf Club pada bulan Oktober 2008 lalu, harus segera ia ‘pensiun’kan secara dini karena selang tiga

bulan berikutnya Hardjito harus mengenakan Green Jacket baru dengan logo Kariza Masters. Namun saat menerima piala di green hole 18 Nirwana Le Meridien Golf & Spa Resorts sebagai juara Kariza Masters, ternyata Hardjito terlihat masih mengenakan Green Jacket dengan logo The President Cup 2007. Sebagian spectator yang menyadari hal tersebut mengira bahwa Hardjito ingin melakukan ‘perpisahan’ dengan jacket juara-nya tersebut.

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Faldo Series Asia Indonesia Championship 2009

Clement Erio, “Tak Sabar Ingin Bertemu Nick Faldo !” pada tanggal 25 sampai 27 Maret 2009. Ia akan berangkat bersama para pemenang agegroup gold medallists dari Indonesia lainnya seperti Anata Syahputra (boys’ under-21); Fahmi Reza (boys’ under-18); Ines Putri Tjiptadi (girls’ under-21); Bernice Intan Sitompul (girls’ under-16). Faldo Series Asia Indonesia Championship, merupakan seri kualifikasi terakhir dari Faldo Series Asia dimana seri kualifikasi – kualifikasi sebelumnya telah dilangsungkan di delapan negara dengan jumlah 11 seri kualifikasi.

Di putaran pertama Clement bermain cemerlang dengan mencatat skor 3 under (69), sementara Ian menyudahi putaran permainannya dengan skor 75 (3 over). Namun giliran Ian yang bermain cantik di putaran ke dua dengan skor 3 under, sementara Clement justru mencatat skor sama seperti Ian di hari pertama, 75. Alhasil kedua pegolf di kelompok umur under 16 tersebut sama – sama mengumpulkan nilai total 144 (even par), hingga pertarungan play off mau tidak mau harus mereka lewati.

Leading final scores: Boys’ under 21: 151 – Anata Syahputra (74, 77); 154 – Endin Zarems (77, 77); 157 – Krishna Iskandar (74, 83). Boys’ under-18: 152 – Fahmi Reza (79, 73); 154 – Sentra Kharisma Minoza (83, 71); 189 – Marsyal Kanadian (95, 94). Boys’ under-16: 144 – Clement Erio (69, 75), Ian Andrew (75, 69); 147 – Peter Gumulia (76, 71). Girls’ under-21: 160 – Ines Putri Tjiptadi (83, 77). Girls’ under-16: 153 – Bernice Sitompul (80, 73); 157 – Made Dita Widyantari (77, 80), Marcella Pranovia (76, 81). Ian Andrew Pic. by Faldo Series

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udah sepantasnya pegolf junior Clement Erio merasa suka cita ketika berhasil meraih tiket menuju Mission Hills-China, dalam gelaran the 2nd Faldo Series Asia Indonesia Championship di Damai Indah Golf, Pantai Indah Kapuk Course pada 10 Januari 2009 lalu. Karena selain berhasil meraih gelar Overall Champion, pegolf berusia 15 tahun itu juga berhasil menyudahi perlawanan salah satu pegolf junior terbaik Indonesia, Ian Andrew, melalui babak sudden death play off.

“Saya memang berusaha sekuat tenaga untuk dapat bermain dengan baik agar dapat memenangkan seri kualifikasi ini. Namun saya sama sekali tidak menyangka bahwa saya dapat berangkat ke Cina dengan mengalahkan Ian Andrew yang bermain sangat bagus di hari terakhir”. ujar Clement mengomentari kemenangannya tersebut. “Saya sudah tak sabar untuk dapat bertemu dengan Nick Faldo. Saya hanya ingin bertanya padanya tentang bagaimana kiat dirinya bisa mencapai sukses sebagai seorang pegolf dunia”, tambahnya. Clement akan berangkat menuju lapangan golf termasyur, Mission Hills Golf Club-China, untuk bertarung bersama lebih kurang 40 pegolf junior juara kualifikasi Faldo Series dari beberapa negara di Asia seperti Cina, Jepang, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapura dan Vietnam, 120 THE FLAG Edisi 6 No.2 / 2009

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Membawa Golf ke Olimpiade

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ederasi Golf Internasional (IGF) menunjuk dua nama pegolf legendaris Jack Nicklaus dan Annika Sorenstam sebagai ujung tombak dalam misi meloloskan golf ke Olimpiade 2016, bersaing dengan enam cabang lain yang bersaing untuk mengisi dua tempat yang disediakan bagi cabang olah raga baru dalam event tersebut

bintang LPGA yang baru saja melangsungkan pernikahannya tersebut. Golf akan bersaing ketat dengan karate, squash, rugby, roller sports, baseball, dan softball untuk mendapatkan status ‘cabang resmi Olimpiade’.

Asosiasi Olimpiade Internasional (IOC) akan memilih 26 cabang olahraga lain yang akan menjadi bagian dari Olimpiade, dalam pertemuan yang akan diadakan di Kopenhagen, Denmark, pada bulan Oktober 2009.

“Sebagai pemain dan sekarang instruktur disain, saya melihat golf telah berkembang besar sebagai olahraga yang mendunia. dan kita melihat permainan ini setiap hari diperkenalkan dan berkembang di berbagai negara dan pasar,” ujar Nicklaus seperti dilansir Reuters pada 19 Desember 2008 yang lalu Sementara menurut pegolf legendaris wanita Annika Sorenstam cabang olahraga golf yang tetap identik dengan kelas borjuis ini bisa menjadi lebih mendunia jika masuk ke dalam event sebesar Olimpiade. “Sekarang, setelah saya mulai berhenti dari seri turnamen golf, tujuan utama saya adalah menumbuhkan golf di seluruh dunia dan saya pikir tidak ada jalan terbaik selain memasukkannya di Olimpiade”, ujar mantan

Jack Nicklaus

Annika Sorenstam

sebagai sepatu golf yang paling dapat menjaga kestabilan swing.

Kontrak Baru Paddy Bersama FootJoy “FootJoy merupakan produk sepatu yang dipergunakan hampir semua golfer terkemuka di dunia, dan saya tak ingin menjadi berbeda dengan mereka”.

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emikian komentar pegolf penyandang 2008 PGA Tour Player of the Year and 2008 The European Tour Golfer of the Year, Padraig ‘Paddy’ Harrington ketika menandatangani kontrak baru dengan produk sepatu FootJoy di awal tahun 2009 lalu.

Padraig Harrington

“Kami mengucapkan selamat bergabung bersama tim FottJoy kepada Paddy”, ujar Director of Brand Marketing FootJoy, Rob Kelley. “Kami percaya Paddy tidak akan hanya membawa nama besarnya saja dalam tim, namun ia juga memiliki kapasitas pengetahuan mengenai tekhnologi dan pengembangan produk sepatu golf secara umum”, tambahnya lagi. Sebagai ‘duta’ terbaru produk sepatu FootJoy, tentunya para penggemar pegolf pemegang tiga Major Championship tersebut akan lebih sering melihat penampilannya bersama FootJoy dalam iklan – iklan di televisi maupun media – media lain, selain tentunya dalam seri – seri turnamen bergengsi PGA Tour dan European Tour.

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Pegolf yang sampai bulan Pebruari 2009 ini masih menduduki rangking ke empat dunia tersebut, dipastikan akan menggunakan jenis sepatu SYNR-G shoe paling tidak sepanjang musim tur 2009, setelah melakukan multi-year agreement bersama FootJoy yang dikatakannya THE FLAG Edisi 6 No.2 / 2009 121


Mengenang Peristiwa dan Tokoh Penting Dalam Sejarah Golf Kulit Hitam Amerika Serikat 122 THE FLAG Edisi 6 No.2 / 2009


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ukan merupakan sebuah cerita yang baru, apabila bangsa kulit hitam (terutama di Amerika Serikat) selalu memiliki kisah perjuangan panjang yang menarik untuk disimak, berkenaan dengan upaya mereka untuk dapat berbaur dalam kesetaraan disegala bidang yang dirintis oleh komunitas kulit putih.

Langston Golf Course-Tradtional Black Course and Spingarn High School

Buktinya dalam sejarah kepemimpinan Amerika Serikat, baru 130 tahun kemudian negeri Paman Sam memiliki seorang Presiden kulit hitam (Afro- America), Barack Obama, semenjak George Washington diangkat sebagai Presiden AS pertama pada tahun 1789. Mungkin Tiger Woods tidak akan pernah setenar sekarang ini, jika para pendahulunya seperti Charlie Sifford, Lee Wright, Bill Spiller dan Lee Elder tidak melewati masa – masa ‘getir’, dimana orang - orang Afro-America tidak sepenuhnya bebas untuk merambah industri golf Amerika di era sebelum akhir abad ke 18. Memang tak pernah diketahui dengan pasti kapan tepatnya orang – orang kulit hitam di Amerika Serikat dapat dengan leluasa (secara penuh) bermain golf bersama – sama orang kulit putih seperti sekarang ini. Namun beberapa tokoh dan momentum penting perjuangan bangsa Afro-America untuk memasuki industri golf di Amerika Serikat, sempat tercatat dalam dua buku yang diluncurkan pada tahun 2006 berjudul “Uneven Lies” oleh Pete McDaniel dan “Forbidden Fairways” oleh Dr. Calvin Sinnette. Walaupun tidak terlalu ‘gamblang’, sejarah golf Amerika Serikat pernah mencatat beberapa nama pegolf kulit hitam yang boleh dikatakan cukup sukses pada masanya seperti Walter Speedy dan Robert Hawkins di era tahun 1910 sampai 1920, Ted Rhodes dan Howard “ Butch” Wheeler di era tahun 1930 sampai 1940, Charlie Sifford dan Ann Gregory di era tahun 1950 sampai 1960, Lee Elder, Renee Powell dan Jim Thorpe di era tahun 1970 sampai 1980, dan pegolf paling masyur yang sejak era tahun 1990 hingga saat ini masih memegang ‘tampuk’ persaingan golf dunia adalah Eldrick ‘Tiger’ Woods.

dan juga istri dari seorang psikolog terkenal di Washington DC bernama Helen Webb Harris. Howard “ Butch” Wheeler Namun keterlibatan para pegolf Afro-America dalam kancah persaingan golf Amerika hingga dunia pada kurun waktu tersebut, tentunya tidak terjadi dengan begitu saja tanpa perjuangan para tokoh yang tergabung dalam komunitas – komunitas sosial kulit hitam. Dalam edisi bulan ini majalah The Flag ingin mengajak para pembaca semua untuk sedikit mengetahui beberapa cuplikan kejadian dari sekian banyak kisah bersejarah yang pernah terjadi, tentang perjuangan beberapa tokoh dari komunitas kulit hitam yang ingin melibatkan diri secara setara bersama para penguasa kulit putih, didalam industri golf Amerika Serikat. Berdirinya Langston Golf Course, Benning Road, NE, Washington, DC Mungkin tidak banyak yang tahu, bahwa dibangunnya Langston Golf Course, Benning Road, NE, Washington, DC, diprakarsai oleh komunitas wanita kulit hitam setempat. Kisah berawal dari kebosanan para istri dari anggota klub pegolf kulit hitam di Royal Golf Club, Washington DC, yang hampir setiap akhir minggu selalu berdiam diri dirumah, sementara para suami mereka asyik bermain golf. Royal Golf Club, pada saat itu memang memiliki batasan – batasan khusus bagi warga kulit hitam yang ingin bermain golf disana. Bahkan isu gender dihembuskan oleh lapangan golf paling terkenal di Washington DC tersebut, bahwa wanita tidak memiliki hak kebebasan penuh untuk dapat turun bermain disana.

Didalam pertemuan itu mereka semua sepakat untuk membentuk sebuah klub golf wanita (kulit hitam) yang mereka namakan dengan The Wake Robin Golf Club of Washington DC. Namun keterbatasan mereka untuk bermain golf di setiap akhir minggu masih merupakan kendala utama yang sulit untuk diatasi, mengingat peraturan – peraturan regulasi lapangan di Royal Golf Club yang begitu ketat dan sedikit tertutup terhadap para ladies golfer (terutama kulit hitam) pada saat itu. Sejalan dengan berubahnya paradigma masyarakat golf terhadap golongan kulit hitam di belahan Utara Amerika Serikat, semua golf course kecuali District’s public courses, the Lincoln Memorial, menghapus prinsip pemisahan warna kulit dalam pengoperasian lapangannya. Momentum tersebut tentu saja tidak disia – siakan oleh The Wake Robin Golf Club untuk membuat rencana pembangunan public course baru yang nantinya boleh digunakan oleh semua lapisan masyarakat. Melalui bantuan dari pihak Royal Golf Club, akhirnya mereka mengirimkan petisi yang di tujukan kepada Sekertaris tata kota Washington DC, Harold Ickes, yang isinya memaksa Ickes untuk mengesahkan pembangunan konstruksi lapangan golf sembilan hole disebuah area sekitar tempat pembuangan sampah terakhir milik pemerintah kota. Bill Spiller

Perubahan yang signifikan terjadi ketika sebanyak 13 orang istri anggota Klub Golf Kulit Hitam Royal Golf Club melakukan pertemuan untuk pertama kalinya pada tanggal 6 Agustus 1936, di 79 R Street NW yang diketahui merupakan rumah kediaman seorang guru Eldrick ‘Tiger’ Woods

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Untuk meredam keinginan yang begitu menggebu dari para ibu rumah tangga yang ‘haus’ untuk dapat bermain golf dengan bebas tersebut, maka Ickes meluluskan permohonan mereka untuk selanjutnya meresmikan dibukanya Langston Golf Course yang membayangi bangunan gedung Spingarn High School di NE Washington, DC. Dr. George Grant, penemu tee kayu George Grant adalah anak dari seorang mantan budak belian yang dilahirkan di Oswego, New York pada tahun 1847. Bakat Grant sudah sangat menonjol sejak ia menjadi satu dari dua anak Afro-America yang berhasil lulus dalam usia muda dari Harvard Dental School, dimana dirinya juga ditunjuk sebagai staf pengajar disana. Dr. Grant juga merupakan seorang yang ‘gila’ akan permainan golf, meskipun tehnik bermainnya tidak ‘segila’ kegemaran-nya.

Association (UGA) didirikan pada pertengahan musim panas tahun 1925. Asosiasi tersebut didirikan dengan maksud untuk menampung segala aspirasi para pegolf profesional kulit hitam pada masanya.

Hingga akhirnya ia dipercaya untuk mendisain tiga buah lapangan masing – masing, Metarie Golf Course, New Orleans City Park #2 dan the Pontchartrain Park Golf Course, yang kini dirubah namanya menjadi Joseph Bartholomew G.C.

Satu tahun kemudian (1926), United “Colored” Golfers Association mensponsori turnamen golf khusus bagi para pegolf kulit hitam terbesar di Amerika Serikat dengan nama Negro National Open. Ditengarai seluruh pegolf turing pro kulit hitam di Amerika Serikat (National Black Pro Golf Tour), hadir dalam turnamen yang dilangsungkan di Mapledale Country Club, Massachusetts tersebut. Turnamen mendapatkan sanction resmi ‘khusus’ dari National Championship sebagai salah satu seri turnamen resmi. Walaupun beberapa pegolf kulit putih yang berprinsip rasialis tidak mengakui keberadaan asosiasi dan turnamen tersebut, namun Negro National Open dan National Black Pro Golf Tour tetap bertahan untuk menjalankan kegiatannya hingga berakhir pada tahun 1976.

Sayangnya selama pemberlakuan politik perbedaan warna kulit di negara bagian New Orleans dan hampir diseluruh wilayah Selatan Amerika Serikat, Joseph Bartholomew, tidak pernah lagi merasakan bermain golf diatas lapangan hasil rancangannya sendiri, sampai akhir hayatnya.

Dr. George Grant

United “Colored” Golfers Association Namun nama George Franklin Grant, begitu terkenal dalam industri golf di dunia setelah pada tanggal 12 Desember 1899 ia mendaftarkan hak paten penemuannya dengan kode U.S. patent No. 638,920, yaitu bentuk tee kayu (Tapered Golf Tee) yang mudah ditancapkan ditanah untuk memudahkan para pegolf melakukan pukulan jauh pertamanya (tee off ). Penemuan Dr. George Grant tersebut merubah istilah dan gaya permainan golf secara mendunia, dimana sebelumnya seorang pegolf yang akan melakukan pukulan pertama pada jaman itu biasanya menggunakan gundukan pasir yang dicetak oleh perangkat cetakan yang berbentuk segitiga berongga yang terdiri dari beragam ukuran, untuk ‘menyembulkan’ bolanya diatas permukaan tanah. Pasir dan cetakan tersebut pada masa itu biasanya tersimpan di dalam sebuah kotak (box) yang terletak di sekitar area teeing ground. Oleh sebab itu akhirnya orang menyebut area itu dengan nama Tee Box. The United Association

States

Colored

Joseph Bartholomew, Disainer Lapangan Dari New Orleans Mengawali karir golf profesional-nya sebagai caddie, Joseph Bartholomew melatih sendiri kemampuan bermain golf-nya. Lahir di New Orleans pada bulan Agustus 1885, Joseph, merupakan salah satu pegolf kulit hitam yang paling disegani pada masanya. Ia merupakan pesaing tangguh bagi para jagoan golf kulit putih seperti Walter Hagen dan Gene Sarazen. Joseph bahkan mampu mengalahkan juara US Open 1908, Freddie McLeod, saat Freddie menjadi pro resmi di Audubon Golf Club, dimana akhirnya ia dikontrak oleh Freddie sebagai asisten-nya. Selama bekerja bersama McLeod, Joseph dengan serius mempelajari seni mendisain lapangan golf termasuk greens keeping, landscaping dan golf course maintenance.

Golfers

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The Pontchartrain Park Golf Course

Renee Powell, Satu Dari Tiga Kulit Hitam Yang Bermain Di LPGA Pada tahun 1967, Renee Powell, tercatat sebagai wanita ke dua yang berhak menyandang sebutan pegolf turing pro dalam Ladies Professional Golf Association atau yang lebih dikenal dengan sebutan LPGA. Sejak usia tiga tahun Renee kecil telah menekuni olah raga golf dengan hanya menggunakan dua klab, driver dan putter, yang di rancang khusus oleh ayahnya menurut ukuran tubuhnya. Di usia remaja, Renee tumbuh sebagai seorang ladies golfer tangguh dengan memenangkan beberapa gelar turnamen junior yang diselenggarakan oleh United ‘Colored’ Golfers Association. Renee Powell tercatat sebagai gadis AfroAmerica pertama yang ditunjuk sebagai kapten tim untuk Major academic institution Golf Team, saat ia menimba ilmu di Ohio State University. Renee bergabung dalam LPGA Tour sebagai ladies pro selama 12 tahun sampai ia menyatakan pensiun karena didera cedera lengan tahun 1979. Berhenti sebagai turing pro, Renee melanjutkan karir golf-nya sebagai head golf professional di Seneca Golf Course, Broadview Heights, Ohio. Hanya berselang beberapa tahun Renee mengundurkan diri dari Seneca untuk menggantikan posisi ayahnya, Bill Powell, yang menyatakan pensiun sebagai head golf pro role di Clearview Golf Course, East Canton, Ohio. Renee Powell


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Consist of 32 standard and lovely deluxe villas. Each is Air Conditioned, equipped with mini bar, IDD telephone line, bath tub & shower providing hot & cold water, and private balcony. Food and beverage are served at the “Village Restaurant� nearby the main pool, with choiches of European, Chinese and Indonesian - especially Balinese Cuisines. The Pool bar and room service are certainly complimentary.

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Bangkok

The City Of Angel

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Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Yuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit

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ntaian kata dari bahasa campuran India kuno, Pali dan Sansekerta tersebut bukanlah merupakan sebuah syair lagu, puisi maupun pantun kuno. Namun percaya atau tidak, rangkaian kata tersebut merupakan sebuah nama resmi dari kota terbesar yang juga merupakan ibu kota sekaligus pusat pemerintahan dan perekonomian paling terkenal di negeri gajah putih Thailand, BANGKOK.

Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang

Nama yang diberikan oleh Raja Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke itu telah tercatat di dalam Guinness Book of Records sebagai nama tempat terpanjang di dunia yang memiliki arti, “Kota malaikat, kota besar, kota intan abadi, kota Dewa Indra yang tidak tergoyahkan, ibukota agung dunia yang dikaruniai sembilan batu permata berharga, kota kebahagiaan, penuh dengan Istana Kerajaan yang sangat besar yang menyerupai surga dimana pemerintahan adalah reinkarnasi dewa-dewa, sebuah kota yang diberikan oleh Indra dan dibangun oleh Wisnu”. Begitu panjangnya predikat yang disandang oleh kota seluas 1.568,7 km2 tersebut hingga negara – negara barat menyebutnya dengan istilah yang lebih singkat sebagai kota Malaikat atau The City Of Angel. Berawal dari sebuah pusat perdagangan kecil dan pelabuhan di tepi Barat sungai Chao Phraya, Bangkok terus berkembang dari masa ke masa hingga menjadi pusat regional yang mampu menyaingi peranan Singapura dan Hong Kong sebagai pintu gerbang bagi para penanam modal asing yang ingin mencari pasar baru di kawasan Asia. Kota yang saat ini berpenduduk hampir mencapai tujuh juta jiwa ini juga bahkan tercatat sebagai salah satu kota dengan laju penambahan konstruksi gedung pencakar langit tercepat di dunia. Kaya akan situs-situs budaya menjadikan Bangkok sebagai salah satu tujuan wisata terpopuler di dunia, terlepas dari kendala yang kini dihadapinya di sektor infrastruktur dan sosial, sebagai akibat dari terlalu pesatnya perkembangan di sektor – sektor lain. Masalah

Victory Monument Bangkok

serius kemacetan lalu lintas di beberapa kawasan bisnis tertentu pun tidak mengurangi animo wisatawan dari berbagai negara untuk datang berkunjung ke Bangkok. Diperkirakan sekitar 15 juta wisatawan mancanegara masuk ke Thailand melalui Bangkok setiap tahunnya, untuk mengunjungi beberapa tempat tujuan wisata terfavorit seperti Grand Palace, Wat Pho dan Wat Arun. Itu sebabnya mengapa sampai saat ini Bangkok juga disebut sebagai gerbang utama pariwisata di Thailand. Agenda–agenda perayaan serta ritual kerajaan dan keagamaan tahunan seperti Bangkok Songkran Festival; Ritual Bajak Lahan; Ulang Tahun permaisuri Raja, Ratu Sirikit; Parade Panji Militer, serta perayaan Ulang Tahun Raja THE FLAG Edisi 6 No.2 / 2009 127


Bandara Suvarnabhumi Thailand Bhumibol Adulyadej, merupakan beberapa daya tarik wisata yang layak untuk disimak sebagai salah satu kekayaan budaya negeri yang dahulu bernama Siam ini. Bukan hanya mempersembahkan keunikan budaya, Bangkok sebagai kota yang lengkap dengan segala problematika sosial-nya seperti prostitusi terselubung dan tingkat kriminalitas yang cukup tinggi, tetap memancarkan pesona keindahan kota melalui tersebarnya ratusan kanal dan saluran air yang menandakan batas distrik satu dengan yang lainnya. Sebuah Kondisi yang menambah julukan baru bagi kota Bangkok sebagai “Venice dari Timur�. Akan tetapi dengan pesatnya pertumbuhan kota pada pertengahan abad ke 20, pembagian daerah berdasarkan kanal - kanal tersebut lambat laun mulai ditinggalkan, seiring dengan diterapkannya sistem tapal batas baru yang berbeda. Ratchaprasong Central World

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Bandara Don Mueang


Pusat – pusat perbelanjaan modern pun bukan lagi dilihat sebagai sebuah sarana pelengkap kebutuhan masyarakat di kota seluas Bangkok. Hal itu yang membuat kawasan perbelanjaan begitu menjamur disana, termasuk salah satu nya adalah Ratchaprasong yang dikenal sebagai pusat perbelanjaan terbesar di pusat kota Bangkok. Bagi kalangan menengah kebawah biasanya mengunjungi Chatuchak Weekend Market, untuk mendapatkan barang–barang berkualitas namun dengan harga yang relatif lebih terjangkau. Bangkok adalah salah satu hub (penghubung) jalur udara terpenting di Asia. Pada tahun 2005, lebih dari sembilan puluh maskapai melayani Bandar Udara Internasional Don Mueang yang mencapai lebih dari 38.000.000 penumpang, 160.000 penerbangan and 700.000 ton kargo ditangani di bandara ini setiap tahunnya. Don Mueang adalah bandara tersibuk ke 18 di dunia, kedua tersibuk di Asia berdasarkan jumlah penumpang, ke 15 tersibuk di dunia dan ke 4 di Asia berdasarkan jumlah penumpang Internasional. Don Mueang juga secara konsisten diperingkatkan sebagai penerima lalu lintas kargo tersibuk ke 19 di dunia dan ketujuh di Asia Pasifik. Don Mueang dianggap sebagai salah satu bandara internasional tertua di dunia, pembukaannya pada Maret 1914 membuatnya hampir 20 tahun lebih tua daripada Bandar Udara Internasional London Heathrow. Bandara ini memiliki tiga terminal dan terletak sekitar 30 meter di Utara kota Bangkok.

tahun 1782 di masa kekuasaan Raja Rama I yang memindahkan pusat pemerintahan menyeberangi sungai Chao Phraya, dari Thonburi ke Bangkok. Saat ini Grand Palace sudah tak difungsikan lagi sebagai istana kerajaan, setelah Raja Bhumibol Adulyadej yang kini berkuasa di Thailand, lebih memilih Chitralada Palace sebagai tempat kediamannnya.

Wat Arun (Temple of the Dawn) Merupakan salah satu candi Budha (wat) paling terkenal di Thailand yang terletak di Yai district Bangkok. Begitu indahnya sinar matahari pagi yang membias dengan bentuk mutiara yang berwarna – warni dari pelataran candi, membuat masyarakat setempat menjulukinya dengan nama Wat Arunratchawararam Ratchaworamahavihara atau Temple of The Dawn.

Wat Pho (Wat Phra Chetuphon) Wat Pho merupakan salah satu candi Budha terbesar di Thailand dengan luas area sebesar 80,000 meter2. Candi yang menyimpan salah satu patung Budha terbesar di dunia tersebut merupakan juga salah satu yang tertua di Thailand. Wat Pho juga dikenal sebagai candi yang melambangkan pendidikan kesehatan tradisional di negeri siam dan sekitarnya, dimana dikawasan inilah pertama kali ditemukannya tekhnik pijat dan urut ala Thailand.

Wat Pho

Walaupun pada tanggal 28 September 2006, ‘tugas’-nya sebagai bandara internasional digantikan oleh Bandara Suvarnabhumi di distrik Bang Phli, Propinsi Samut Prakan, Don Mueang tetap digunakan sebagai pangkalan Angkatan Udara Kerajaan Thailand (Royal Thai Air Force). Bahkan Thai Airways dan kebanyakan maskapai penerbangan berbiaya murah masih menggunakan Don Mueang untuk melayani penerbangan domestik, sekaligus untuk mengurangi padat nya bandara Suvarnabhumi hingga terminal berikutnya dibangun.

Grand Palace (Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang) Merupakan kompleks bangunan di Bangkok yang awalnya dikenal sebagai kediaman resmi Raja Thailand sejak abad ke 18. Konstruksi pembangunan istana tersebut selesai pada

Phra Borom Maha Ratcha Wang

Wat Arun

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Klub Golf Lido Jl. Raya Bogor-Sukabumi Km 21 Bogor P : 0251 8221 008 F : 0251 8221 007

Bandung Giri Gahana Jl. Raya Jati Nangor Km 20 Sumedang P : 022 7798 401 F : 022 7798 135

JAWA TENGAH

Lombok Kosaido CC Jl. Raya Tanjung, Sire Bay Lombok Barat P : 0370 640 137 F : 0370 640 135 Rinjani Lombok Golf Club Jl. Sriwijaya No. 396 Mataram P : 0370 633 488 F : 0370 633 839

Karang Joang Golf Jl. Soekarno Hatta Km 5,5 Karang Joang, Balikpapan P : 0542 733 141 F : 0542 733 142 Finna Golf & Country Club

BALI & LOMBOK Bali Beach Golf Course Jl. Hang Tuah No. 58 Sanur Denpasar Bali P : 0361 287 733 F : 0361 285 488 Bali Golf & Country Club Kawasan Wisata Nusa Dua 80363 - Bali P : 0361 771 791 F : 0361 771 797 Nirwana Bali Golf Club Jl. Raya Tanah Lot Ds. Beraban Kediri, Tabanan, Bali P : 0361 815 960 F : 0361 815 902 Bali Handara Kosaido Jl. Denpasar Singaraja Bedugul Bali P : 0362 22 646 F : 0362 23 048

Borobudur International Golf

Gombel Golf Course Jl. Gombel Lama No. 90 A, Semarang P :024 7460 501 F :024 7460 510

Padang Golf Sepinggan Jl. Jend Sudirman Balikpapan P : 0542 766 418 F : 0542 763 696 Kutai Golf & Country Club Loan Janan Samarinda P : 0541 260 446 F : 0541 260 310 Khatulistiwa Golf Club Jl. Siantan, Pontianak P : 0561 883 772

SULAWESI Lapangan Golf Badoka Lantamal Jl. Batara Bira, Makassar, Sulawesi Selatan P : 0411 512 355 F : 0411 511 633

PAPUA Club Golf Rimba Irian Jl. Mawar No 100 Kuala Kencana, Papua P : 0901 301 555 F : 0901 394 949

DRiving Range Sarana Latihan Golf CILANDAK Jl. Raya Cilandak KKO, Jakarta Selatan P : 021 781 7678, 781 7679 Buka setiap hari: Senin - Jumat : 06.00 - 20.30 Wib Sabtu - Minggu : 06.00 - 19.30 Harga Bola : 100 bola Rp. 50.000 50 bola Rp. 30.000

Borobudur International Golf Jl.. Gatot Subroto no.7 Magelang P : 0293 313 758 F : 0293 313 757 Merapi Golf & Mountain Resort Jl. Golf No.1 Kepuharjo Cangkringan Sleman, Yogyakarta P : 0274 896 176 T : 0274 896 179

New Kuta Golf Jl. Raya Uluwatu, Kawasan Pecatu Indah Resort, Badung, Bali P : 0361 8481 333 F : 0361 8181 400

KALIMANTAN

Mountain View Golf Club Jl. Dago Pakar Permai No. 1 / 9 Bandung P : 022 2536 089 F : 022 2536 088 Dago IndahGolf Club Jl. Lapangan Golf Dago Atas No 78 Bandung P : 022 250 2567 F : 022 250 3027

Nirwana Bali Golf Club

Bali Golf & Country Club

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T h e a s s e t s h av e e n a b l e d T r i g a n a to r e n d e r va r i o u s s e r v i c e s i n r e s p o n s e t h e ac t u a l d e m a n d. O u r s e r v i c e s i n c lu d e : m a p p i n g p h oto g r a p h y, pa s s e n g e r a n d c a r g o c h a r t e r f o r o i l co m pa n y o p e r at i n g i n r e m ot e a r e a s , m e d i c a l e vac u at i o n , lo g i s t i c d i s t r i b u t i o n s f o r g o v e r n m e n t e m p loy e e s s tat i o n e d i n i s o l at e d r e g i o n s , a n d s c h e d u l e d f l i g h t s . T h e s c h e d u l e d f l i g h t s s e r v i c e i s o p e r at e d b y IATA , h av i n g “ TGN � c a l l s i g n , a n d n o w a l r e a dy co n n e c t i n g 1 4 c i t i e s i n K a l i m a n ta n , 5 c i t i e s i n M a lu k u, 4 c i t i e s i n S u l aw e s i , 9 c i t i e s i n N u s a T e n g g a r a , 35 c i t i e s i n Pa p u a , a n d co n n e c t i n g 2 c i t i e s i n J ava ( S e m a r a n g a n d S u r a b aya ) w i t h t h o s e i n K a l i m a n ta n . H av i n g p r o f e s s i o n a l m a n ag e m e n t t e a m , r e p u ta b l e a i r - c r e w s , a n d i n d u s t r i o u s s u p p o r t i n g p e r s o n n e l ,

w e a r e co m m i tt e d to co n t r i b u t e t o y o u r c o m pa n y s u c c e s s .



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