Jakarta, 16 November The BNI Indonesian Masters was finally held, and the first day of the tournament was filled with various stories, as the name suggests: BNI Indonesian Masters Presented by Tunas Niaga Energi. BNI, as the main sponsor, has prepared several zones that show BNI’s support for this tournament by providing a BNI cafe at the end of hole 9 and several zones for visitors.
Meanwhile, the Royale Jakarta Golf Club itself has long ago ensured the readiness of the field, and the name “Home of Indonesian Masters” is not just a motto; the Royale Jakarta Golf Club is always ready when this tournament comes every year by always maintaining the quality of the grass and all the infrastructure. The beauty and challenges provided by the Royale Jakarta Golf Club are also some of the reasons why Asian Tour players are always enthusiastic about taking part in this series.
For the tournament itself, the first day was led by Gaganjeet Bhullar with -8, with 8 birdies from a total of 63 shots; defending champion Sarit Suwannarut had to be satisfied with +3, or a total of 74 shots on the first day. However, the match itself had to be stopped with the remaining 4 groups remaining and could not be completed today due to bad weather.
Local players such as Jonatan Wijono, Syukrizal, and Kevin C. Akbar have become the focus for local supporters. With several titles obtained by Jonathan Wijono this year, he is better prepared to face the tournament this time. Jowi, nicknamed Jonathan Wijono, closed the first day with -3, or a total of 68 strokes, making him the best Indonesian player ahead of his colleagues.
BNI Indonesian Masters 2023 Presented by Tunas Niaga Energi itself, this time was attended by many famous golf players, such as Patrick Reed, a 33-year-old player who is the 2018 Masters champion; don’t forget Anirban Lahiri, a LIV golf player who is a former Indonesian Masters 2014 champion; Andy Ogletree, who holds three champions in the International Series; and Taichi Ko, champion of the 2023 Asian Games.