07 October 2017
A Confidence Booster To Face Top Players
Same experience, different result. Joshua Andrew Wirawan and Danny Masrin both found themselves once again in the last group for the final round of the Indonesian Golf Tour event at Palm Hills Golf Club. Last year, it was Danny who claimed victory, but this year Joshua won the competition with a total of 7-under, 209.
The title was redemption for Joshua, whose dream of winning his first professional title at last year’s event was quickly buried after he made double bogey on the 15th hole. However, Joshua who turned professional in 2015, seemingly learned from his mistake and was able to realize his dream this year.
"My game was good this week. When I was playing Danny in the last group, last season's events came up in my mind, 'It feels like last year?' I was leading but eventually lost. However, this time I tried to follow my game plan, trying not to be pressured. My shots were more controlled and more focused. I had nothing to lose,” said Joshua Andrew.
Joshua’s been close to titles several times in the past. Prior to the 4th series of the IGT at Palm Hills last year, he finished second twice (the 7th of Indonesian Golf Tour presented by LINC Group and the 3rd Series of IGT presented by OB Golf in 2015 and Ancora Sports in 2016). During the 7th series two years ago, the 20-year-old faced his heaviest defeat, being beaten in a sudden death playoff by Ian Andrew.
Speaking about his win, Joshua, who has only played four IGT events this year after missing the cut twice, said: “It is a confidence booster. I am more confident to face other good players, such as Danny, Ian Andrew, and George Gandranata.”
Meanwhile, the defending champion of the IGT Palm Hills, Danny, placed in the runner up position. As the overnight leader, he started the final round with a one stroke lead over Benyta Kasiadi. However, two bogeys in the first three holes put him behind and he chased the lead with Joshua until the final hole.
“Andrew was good for two days. My shots were not good. The number of bogey scores was a lot, and I added a double bogey," said Danny, who made three bogeys and one double bogey against Joshua’s six birdies, finishing his final round on one-under for a total of 210 (6-under).