08 January 2018
Joy for First Time Winner
Against his trend of recent poor-performances, Elki Kow claimed his first IGT title with an impressive winning score and an eight-shot lead.
The Buma Indonesian Golf Tour title belongs to Elki Kow. The 23-year-old spent the duration of the three-day event at the top of the leaderboard. Elki scored a consistent 66-66-68, to finish with a total of 16-under. Impressively, he managed to card a perfect round, without a single bogey, on the second day of play. The 7th Series of the IGT was supported by Buma (PT Bukit Makmur Mandiri Utama), a company that provides services to Indonesian coal producers across all production stages.
Elki, who turned pro in June of this year, spoke after his win, “I am quite happy to win. Once, I thought I could win a pro tournament someday. The thought embedded in my mind, and it motivated me to win today.”
Elki admitted that prior to the tournament he had no thoughts of winning since he’d been struggling with his game, missing the cut in the last two events. “Before playing I did not have high expectations because my game is not good last month,” he remarked.
But a 66 in the first round seemed to turn his confidence around and motivated the player to keep his game and spirit on track all the way through to the final hole.
He’s now cautiously optimistic about future, “I believe that my game level is not like a month ago. Hopefully I can win again and perform well in the next tournament.”
Although expectedly thrilled to be a first-time winner, Elki realizes he must remain focused and work hard if he’s to perform well and pick up more titles. All too often players find themselves struggling to repeat the success of their first win.
“I think I should not be satisfied and forget myself. I need to try to keep playing well. I realize there are always shortcomings that we can fix,” said Elki.
Meanwhile, Benita Y. Kasiadi and Fajar Winnuryanto tied in second place on 8-under. Korea’s Yang Hee Jun took home the Low Amateur title with a score of 5-under, beating 15-year-old Jose Suryadinata by a single stroke.