Jakarta, Indonesia, August 24: South Africa’s Mathiam Keyser continued to hold the lead at the Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament presented by Panasonic after carding a second round four-under-par 68 on Thursday.
While the 30-year-old could not match or better his opening 63, the South African still did enough with his two-day total of 13-under-par 131 to establish a two-shot advantage over Venezuelan Wolmer Murillo who returned with a 67 to secure second place at the US$110,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event.
Singapore’s Quincy Quek signed for a 64 to share third place with countryman, Mardan Mamat who carded a 65 at the Damai Indah Golf, BSD Course.
Their compatriot Johnson Poh is a further shot back in equal fifth with Japan’s Masaru Takahashi and Philippines’ Michael Bibat on matching 135 total.
Keyser, who is chasing his second ADT title this week, found the playing conditions tougher than his opening round but was pleased his mental strength helped him to tighten his grip at the top of the leaderboard.
“It was tough with the winds blowing very strongly today. The pins were tucked away and I found it very hard to get close to them.
“But I just hung in there and tried not to commit too many mental errors. My game is there and I told myself I just need to stay positive,” said Keyser, who traded seven birdies and three bogeys.
Wolmer meanwhile remains upbeat about his chances of a maiden breakthrough on the ADT.
The Venezuelan reached the turn in 35 but cruised home convincingly with two birdies and an eagle in his closing three holes.
“I just let myself go today. I was relaxed and comfortable on the golf course and I’m going to adopt this attitude for the last two rounds. It’s going to be fun,” said Wolmer.
By featuring on the ADT schedule, the Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament will offer Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points. The winner will receive six OWGR points while the top six players and ties will also earn points based on a sliding scale.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Leading second round scores:
131 – Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 63-68
133 – Wolmer MURILLO (VEN) 66-67
134 – Quincy QUEK (SGP) 70-64, Mardan MAMAT (SGP) 69-65
135 – Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN) 69-66, Johnson POH (SGP) 68-67, Michael BIBAT (PHI) 68-67
About Damai Indah Golf, BSD Course
Recognized as one of the finest courses which Jack Nicklaus ever designed, Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) Course. This award-winning course features the “Spirit of the Hills” with lush tropical landscaping, green rolling hills and many enormous and yet challenging bunkers.
Operated since 1992, The BSD Course was designed to offer an enjoyable mental challenge within a visually appearing setting with every hole positioned within beautifully landscape settings and it’s playable for every type of golfers, whether a high or low handicapper. As Jack Nicklaus’ maiden project in Indonesia, he ensured this remarkable 6,545 meter, par 72 course incorporated many of his personal favorite features from some of the world’s top courses. The BSD Course is undisputable one of the best the world has to offer.
Found alongside the Cisadane River and within the Serpong Valley, the course is located in the outskirt of Jakarta, around 32 km or 45 minutes from the SCBD part of down-town, and can be accessed from Jakarta–Meraktoll road and outer ring road.
Damai Indah Golf, Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) Course is the home of many international tournament, such as Indonesia President Invitational 2007 and 2009, Indonesia PGA Championship 2014.
About the Asian Development Tour
The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading five players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.