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The 11th Credit Suisse Match Play Championship 2013

By: Simon Reynolds

The 11th Credit Suisse Match Play Championship 2013 - Match Play

The 11th Credit Suisse Match Play Championship 2013 – Match Play

Rizchay S Putra

Rizchay S. Putra one of the many talented local amateurs and quarterfinalist.

From the 7th of October until the 10th October 2013, Gunung Geulis Country Club in the foothills of Bogor, hosted the 11th Credit Suisse Match Play Championship. Around 150 talented amateur golfers participated in an event which stands above most local tournaments in its format of play and it quality of field, providing local single handicap golfers from all over Indonesia the chance to compete in a match-play format over the course of three days play at this unique set up of 36 championship quality holes at the West Course and the East Course at Gunung Geulis.

The majority of local amateur events are stroke play format in Indonesia and that is what makes this event so unique, for the Credit Suisse event is the opportunity for the very best amateurs to experience the shrill and excitement of match play golf, the kind that we watch and love so dearly when watching Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup professional events.

Theodore Rhardja

Theodore Rhardja 14 year old youngster, looked mature beyond his years, and an eventual quarter-finalist.

The course opened its arms to all golfers for a practice day on the 7th of October, an opportunity that was taken advantage of by most competing golfers. The West Course was the venue for the match play event and the course albeit short in yardage is very tricky in reality, with a high slope index and numerous treacherous greens, which require stern analysis, in order to play the course in confidence. On the 8th of October the play begun, with 150 golfers from all over Indonesia as far afield as Kalimantan, Medan, Bali as well as local and Java based golfers playing 18 holes stroke-play in order to qualify as the Top 16 players competing in the Match Play Championship.

Cahyo Adhitomo and Rizal Arya

The winner Cahyo Adhitomo and finalist Rizal Arya shake hands on the 15th and final green of the last day.

In tricky conditions after the first round, the Top 16 golfers were decided, and the remaining 134 odd players progressed into the BB tournament, a 36 hole stroke play event located at the adjacent and equally challenging East Course over the 9th and 10th of October. The Top 16 golfers showed promising signs for the future of Indonesian golf as of the 16 players progressing to the Round of 16, 7 were local junior amateurs representing their local provinces. Theodore Rahardja from DKI Jakarta is just one example, a 14 year-old Jakarta based amateur who will thave learnt lots from the event having progressed until the quarterfinal eventually losing to the champion Cahyo Adhitomo. After 4 days of exciting golf at the Gunung Geulis Country Club Cahyo defeated Rizal Arya 4 & 3 in the final. A.k.a Bobby Cahyo is a player to look our for with a bright future ahead of him, having recently one the inaugural LIMA Golf event, featuring the best athletes attending Indonesian Universities.

Cahyo Adhitomo

The Champion – Cahyo Adhitomo

We look forward to the 12th Credit Suisse match play event next year, and we are intrigued to see how the other young Indonesian future talents will have progressed and improved: Special mention and praise this year must go to: Ujang Zarems (QF), Fadhli Rahman (SF), Theodore Rahardja (QF), Rizchy S Putra (QF) and Almay Rahyan (SF). The future of Indonesian amateur golf is in good hands, and long may it continue.

 

*PHOTOS COURTESY OF PARLA PHOTOGRAPHY

About Simon Reynolds

Simon fell in love with the game of golf at an early age. Watching Happy Gilmore when he was 12, Simon was hooked, and to this day thanks Adam Sandler's genius in the film for his passion for the game. His golfing hero is more refined and mature these days, and he continues his spiritual quest to model his golf game on Ben Hogan's perfect golf swing.

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