Golfer Rory Hie begins his career in the professional circuit

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 Press

Golfer Rory Hie begins his career in the professional circuit

Loosely translated from an article by Ria Nurdiani

JAKARTA (Bisnis.com): Young Indonesian golfer Rory Hidayat Hie returns to the Indonesian homeland after 10 years of living in the United States.

The golfer born on September 1, 1988 has only been in Indonesia for a month. Recently Rory successfully won the Asean Golf Tournament that was held in Imperial Golf Course, Karawaci, on October 26. As is known, every amateur golfer must pass the playing ability test (PAT) to attain professional status and participate in the qualifying school (QS).

Last October 12, Rory completed the PAT and became a member of the Indonesian Professional Golf Association by recording a 12-under, the lowest score in the history of the qualification process in Indonesia.

The golfer who was once the 6th-ranked amateur in the world debuted as a professional in the Pertamina Indonesia President Invitational last August in the Damai Indah Golf and Country Club, part of the Asian Tour series.

He will leave for Spain next month to participate in the European Tour Qualifying School. Rory relinquished his full-ride scholarship to the University of Southern California to pursue his dream of being a world class professional golfer. “I hope I can be an inspiration to other young golfers in Indonesia,” said Rory in the press conference held at the Moonlight House of Rhythm today.

Mr. Gita Wirjawan, head of Ancora Group who sponsors Rory Hie, is optimistic that Indonesian golfers can aptly compete in the international golf arena. “Rory can be an ambassador,” he said.

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