Indonesia PGA kicks off OneAsia’s 2011 season

JAKARTA, Indonesia – The inaugural Indonesia PGA Championship will raise the curtain on the 2011 OneAsia season, the tour announced this week. The US$1 million tournament scheduled for March 24-27 at Imperial Klub Golfis one of 13 tournaments on this year’s schedule.

Officials hope to raise the game’s profile in the country and help boost Indonesia’s tourism industry.

“The game of golf is once again finding its feet in Indonesia after over a decade of being in the shadows,” Jero Wacik, minister of culture and tourism in Indonesia, said in a statement. “The sport is of course a perfect vehicle to help attract tourists, and as Indonesia has so many great golfing venues we feel it is timely to get involved.”

OneAsia last visited Indonesia for its national open last July when Michael Hendry of New Zealand took the title.

The 13-tournament schedule represents an increase of three events compared with the tour’s 2010 calendar.

“We are thrilled to be returning to Indonesia especially and starting the year with a brand new tournament,” OneAsia commissioner Sang Y. Chun said.

“This is just our third season, and it is a measure of our success that we can quickly attract new sponsors and tournaments. . . and we are very confident that we will announce even more events this year.”

Last month, OneAsia completed its first Qualifying School where 40 players earned playing privileges for the season. Korean Han Chang-won, 19, took medalist honors. The 2009 Asian Amateur champion will be among the players to watch at the Indonesia PGA Championship in March.

Rory Hie will spearhead the local contingent at Imperial. The Indonesian won the 2008 International Championship on the ASEAN PGA Tour at the same venue.

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