09 August 2017

Mental Change & Some Good Advice

Experience is the best teacher. Past losses have taught George Gandranata how to succeed at winning; and he’s done just that, securing back-to-back titles on the IGT.


George Gandranata continued basking in glory on the Indonesian Golf Tour by claiming another title to follow on from his win in the 4th series. His two-stroke victory over Ian Andrew in the 5th Series made it back-to-back wins for the 31-year-old player.


George's game in the last two IGT series has shown a new mastery of a course management, especially in the 5th event that took place at the Riverside Golf Club. In addition to a difficult course layout, the wind made the Greg Norman course even more challenging. All the contenders were forced to work hard to shoot good scores, with George’s total of 213 (3-under) being the best of the bunch.


George managed to keep his focus right through the final round when he began with a lead of just one shot over Ian Andrew and two strokes over Asep Saefulloh. Ian, who is keen to secure his first IGT title of the season, trailed George closely on the scoreboard throughout the round. But, a bogey on the 17th and a bogey on the final hole meant he missed his opportunity to take the title. George made par on the final hole to secure his second IGT win this year.


Although victorious, George wasn't satisfied with his game. “My tee shot this week was not good. Therefore, I have to practice my tee shot again. Something went wrong on my shot,” said George.


Despite what George feels, a change in his mental game has been noticeable. George appears calmer and more consistent when faced with a close opponent. He was trailed by Naraajie (amateur) in the 4th Series and Ian in the 5th, but George managed to maintain his composure, in contrast to past events.


George appears to have learned from past losses such as when he blew a four-shot lead with some missed putts in the  2nd Series at Modern Golf  “I play nothing to lose. I suffered a defeat after having led with a lot of strokes. Since that, I realized that I had lost a lot of scores. This [result] couldn’t be worse than my experience in Modern. Therefore, I have no burden on my swing,” stated George.


At Riverside Golf, George added that his success could not be separated from the caddy’s role. He credited the caddy for helping him to secure his second title. “My caddy is very good at reading breaks in a few holes. He also made me more confident and also kept my emotions steady to not make a fatal mistake in scoring.”

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