06 February 2019
New Hopes at Gading Raya
The Junior Golf National Championship is held to discover new potential golf talents. Although it's too early to conclude, the 2019 Championship has uncovered two players who appear to have the ability and spirit to succeed.
The 2019 Junior Golf National Championship that took place on January 8-10 at Gading Raya Golf presented 82 juniors from 11 provinces. Twenty-seven players - 18 boys and 9 girls - were in the elite class.
“As in amateur championships, this junior national tournament is limited to players with the specified handicap limits to maintain the quality of the tournament,” said Anthony Chandra, the Tournament Chairman of the Indonesia Golf Association. “We want the participants to display their best abilities in national level competitions to open their path to be national junior athletes.”
This year, Randy Arbenata M. Bintang and Marelda Pyrena Ayal were crowned winners of the elite division of the Junior Golf National Championship. Randy won the championship in wire-to-wire fashion, closing the final round with the lowest score (69) in the three-day event. The 15-year-old Bekasi athlete never moved from the top of the leaderboard from the first round, winning by three-strokes over Amadeus Christian Susanto who is a new face and talent from Central Java.
Randy's success was extraordinary because he managed to defeat all three of the players who were favorite to win the championship: Jose Suryadinata, Gabriel Hansel Hari, and Dominikus Glenn.
“My target in this tournament was that I score an even-par in the first round, 2-under in the second and final round. Since the second day, I already had confidence that I would win the championship,” said Randy, who began playing golf five years ago.
Meanwhile, in the girls’ division, Marelda became the new champion. The Special Capital Region of Jakarta (DKI Jakarta) athlete signed for a total of 8-over (224) in a wire-to-wire victory over Taman Dayu Golf’s Tiana Porwanto.
This is the first time each player has become national champion. Following their victories, Randy and Marelda will now be considered by the Indonesia Golf Association as additional options when preparing the squad for the junior national team.