Prestigious event to provide center stage for double world champion’s Asian debut
JAKARTA, 15 August 2016 – Canadian Jamie Sadlowski will make his debut at the BNI Indonesian Masters presented by Zurich as he begins his quest to play full time as a professional. Sadlowski who recently retired from Professional Long Drive Competitions, will begin his global tournament schedule as a touring professional at the BNI Indonesian Masters presented by Zurich.
The 28-year-old, has been the face of the sport of Long Drive for more than a decade making a record 10 consecutive world finals. He has two world Junior Titles (2005-2006) and two Open Titles to his credit (2008 & 2009). Sadlowski will join a high quality field of 150 when the action gets underway at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club from 6 – 9 October.
Sadlowski who routinely drives a golf ball 400 yards, proved earlier this year that his capabilities extend way beyond jaw-dropping powerful drives, when he won a US Open local qualifier in Scottsdale, Arizona, after shooting a round of 65. He has also made 3 out of 4 cuts on the web.com Tour. The former junior hockey player believes the BNI Indonesian Masters presented by Zurich will offer him the best competition in Asia to test his game. He said:
“I am very excited to be playing at the BNI Indonesian Masters presented by Zurich for the first time. It is not an easy tournament to win, and if you look at the roll of honour, it takes a world class golfer to top that leader-board on Sunday. I play a very aggressive game and hope the course is conducive to my style. To prepare, I will be playing a couple small events in September followed by the web.com PGA Tour School September 27-30 and I should be in good form when I arrive in Jakarta”
Achmad Baiquni, President Director of BNI, commented:
“The inclusion of Jamie Sadlowski in the 2016 BNI Indonesian Masters Presented by Zurich is excellent news for the tournament as Jamie is such a crowd pleaser with the unique talent that he has and I am sure fans will want to come to the Royale Jakarta Golf Club to see him in action. Jamie is a great ambassador for golf, and he shares the same vision as we do, which is to give back to the sport and do our bit to grow it. We look forward to welcoming him to Indonesia.”
Peter Huber, President Director of Zurich Topas Life and representing Zurich in Indonesia, added:
“BNI Indonesian Masters Presented by Zurich has always attracted some of the best golfers in the world, and we are delighted to hear someone of the calibre of Jamie Sadlowski, a four-time world champion, will be joining us. His breath-taking long driving ability will no doubt thrill the fans who are lucky enough to see him play this year.”
The US$750,000 total prize purse event has hosted some of Asia’s brightest talents such as Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Thongchai Jaidee, George Gandranata, Rory Hie, Jordan Irawan, Andik Mauludin and Tirto Tamardi, as well as many of the world’s best, including former world number one and defending champion Lee Westwood, 2010 and 2011 Open Championship winners Louis Oosthuizen and Darren Clarke respectively, four-time Major Champion Ernie Els, and French star Victor Dubuisson.
Jimmy Masrin, Co-Founder of the Indonesian Masters and Chairman of the Asian Tour, said:
“We are thrilled to be welcoming Jamie to our tournament for the very first time. His power and long drive abilities are well renowned around the world, but this will be the Asian premiere of Jamie Sadlowski as a compete, all-round professional golfing talent. It will a very exciting tournament for the fans, with competitive action on-course and world class entertainment off-course.”
The BNI Indonesian Masters Presented by Zurich will be broadcasted live across the Asian Tour TV platform, reaching 740 million households in over 180 countries, showcasing the best Indonesia has to offer to a truly global audience.
Sanctioned by the Asian Tour and the PGATI, the sixth edition of the BNI Indonesian Masters Presented by Zurich will feature 150 players from around the world including the top 20 professionals from the PGA Tour of Indonesia and top four Indonesian amateurs.
For more information on the Indonesian Masters presented by Zurich visit http://www.indonesianmasters.co.id
About Bank Negara Indonesia (BNI)
Established on 5 July 1946, BNI was Indonesia’s first national bank after Indonesia’s independence. With over 1,800 branches in Indonesia, along with overseas branches in Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, London, and New York and Seoul, BNI currently serves over 18 million customers. BNI constantly strives towards being a financial institution with excellence in service and performance, while believing in a strong corporate culture. With over 27,000 employees, BNI believes that its employees are the most valuable asset of the company, and actively aims to create the best conditions and work experience for its employees. For more information, visit www.bni.co.id
About the Asian Tour
As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognized Pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include ECCO (Official Footwear Sponsor), FENIX XCell (Official Apparel Supplier), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur.