A Cricket Star
Crowned The Champion Of Indonesia Open
“I caught fire out there
today. I have worked
really hard on my game
over the past year and it
has paid off. I know my
mortgage is now going
to be a lot smaller”,
Hendry commented on
All the spectators’ expectation to see
a thrilling duel between two golfers
in the leader flight , Michael Hendry
from New Zealand and Liang Wenchong
from China, on the final day
at Indonesia Open presented by Enjoy Jakarta
was not fully fulfilled. Their tight battle ended on the 9th hole by Hendry, taking one stroke
lead over Wen-chong who stranded with
bogeys on 10th, 11th, and 12th hole , while
Hendry did a spectacular move with his four
birdies on 11th,12th,13th, and 14th hole.
It would have taken a miracle for Liang Wenchong
to be able to pull himself back in the
battle for the last four holes, yet he showed a
tough fight in earning one last birdie on 16th to
lessen his loss at 7 stroke behind Hendry.
Approaching his ball that landed 3 meters of
the last hole at Damai Indah Golf-Pantai Indah
Kapuk Course, Michael Hendry already wore
a winning smile and waved gracefully to the
spectators at the tribunal and marquee who
were applauding him loudly.
This 30 years old from North Harbour, New
Zealand , did not show an over emotional
feeling of thrill right after he made a putt for
par . It was understood as he had confirmed his
winning from the last two holes.
Hendry finished his game at 19-under 269 from
the four rounds and earned US$180,000 of the
total prize of US$1,000,000.-
“I caught fire out there today. I have worked
really hard on my game over the past year and
it has paid off. I know my mortgage is now
going to be a lot smaller”, Hendry commented
on his triumph.
His total score with a spectacular winning margin
had made the Indonesian golf community ask around about this non-seeded player. The same
thing happened to Miko Illonen and Felipe
Aguilar who won the Indonesia Open in 2007
and 2008. Hendry’s accomplishment in golf had
not heard in Indonesia whose community paid
more attention to the championship in United
States and Europe.
Hendry started his career in sport as a cricket
player which is the favorite sport in his country.
He played in under-19 New Zealand national
team then representing Auckland before he
chose to concentrate on his golf at the age of
20 because of his injuries. Hendry started his
professional golf career in 2004.
Hendry won the Fiji Open two weeks before
he arrived in Indonesia . He also had won many
local tours in New Zealand. Since the opening season in 2009 , he led the money list earning
in New Zealand.
With this victory, Michael Hendry moved his
name up to the 6th position OneAsia Order of
Merit till the list will be adjusted at the next tour
at Thailand Open 2010, Pattaya next August.
As for Liang Wen-chong, after bagging US$
102,000 as the runner up, he was listed on the
2nd position OneAsia Order of Merit.
Liang Wen-chong triumphantly won the
innuagural OneAsia series this season at
Luxehills Chengdu Open in China, last April. And
he was favourably predicted to win Indonesia
Open Presented By Enjoy Jakarta this year.
“Michael was just too good today. Even
if I played well, I don’t think I could have
caught him”, Wen-chong said about his rival
Indonesia Open presented by Enjoy Jakarta also
presented the star golfer from Japan, Shingo
Katayama, who stepped into the leader board
at T3 together with the Champion, Michael Hendry. Shingo, the five times winner of Japan
Tour Money List, closed his game at T12 with
5-under of total 283.
The winner of 2005 Indonesia Open, Thaworn
Wiratchant, finished T5 with Singaporean,
Mardan Mamat and Canadian Ronald Harvey at
score of 9-under of total 279.
The host players , Jamel Ondo and Andik
Mauludin finished T44 at total 4-over 292 to
be the two among six Indonesian best players who made the cut line. While Suprapto , for
the second time won the The Lowest Amateur
title after in 2008 he was the only amateur who
made the cut line to be in the weekend players
The trohpy of Indonesia Open presented by
Enjoy Jakarta was presented by the Executive
Chairman of Indonesia Golf Association (PGI),
Arifin Panigoro to Michael Hendry and the
symbolic prize money was awarded by the
Governor of DKI Jakarta, Fauzi Bowo.