Jakarta, Indonesia: The OB Golf Invitational will celebrate its second edition on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) next month.
To be staged at Royale Jakarta Golf Club, host venue of the Indonesian Masters on the Asian Tour, the US$65,000 event will take place from May 7-10.
The 144-man field will comprise of 86 players from the ADT, 50 players from the PGA Tour of Indonesia (PGATI) and eight invitees.
At last year’s inaugural OB Golf Invitational, Japan’s Shohei Hasegawa clinched his maiden ADT victory and first professional win by one shot.
Jimmy Masrin, owner of OB Golf, hailed the return of the tournament which will provide more opportunities for Indonesian players to improve their standing on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) and boost their chances of representing their country at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“We are thrilled to be back on the ADT schedule, that has proven to be a successful platform for aspiring golfers to gain valuable competitive golf experience.
“We are certain that the staging of this event will once again present an exciting opportunity for our home-grown players to pit their skills against the best in the region and improve on their rankings with the OWGR points on offer,” said Masrin.
Cho Minn Thant, Chief Operating Officer of the Asian Tour, a Full Business Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation, said: “We are delighted to be back in Indonesia for another staging of the OB Golf Invitational. The country has produced top-notch players like Danny Masrin, the highest-ranked Indonesian on the OWGR, as well as George Gandranata, a one-time winner on the ADT.
“On behalf of the Tour and our players, we would like to express our appreciation to OB Golf for promoting the event and the PGATI for sharing in the mission of the ADT in supporting the growth of the sport in the region.”
The leading seven players on this year’s ADT Order of Merit will earn playing rights on the Asian Tour for the 2020 season. All ADT events offer OWGR points. The winner will receive at least six OWGR points while the top six players and ties also earn points based on a sliding scale.