06 October 2018
Fight until the End
The Professional Golf of Malaysia team successfully fulfilled their promise to reclaim the trophy which remained in Indonesia after last year’s win by the home team. Despite losing, the Indonesian Golf Tour team created a stiff resistance against Malaysia who struggled to win the PGM-IGT Championship.
The third edition of the PGM-IGT Championship was predicted to be a fierce contest with strong ambition from both two teams, the Indonesian Golf Tour and Professional Golf of Malaysia, to win the prestigious event held by the neighbouring countries. The event, which took place on August 1-3 at Tiara Melaka Golf Club, was eventually won by Malaysia by 15-13.
In the end, Malaysia needed a single point to win which they claimed in the 26th game of the 27 matches played during the three-day event. Malaysia’s Mochammad Wafiyuddin defeated George Gandranata 1-up to help Malaysia cross the line to regain the trophy for a year.
It was not an easy ride for Malaysia; the Indonesian players brought their best game and with it plenty of cause for concern for the Malaysian team. The persistent IGT side chased points they had dropped in the first two days during the final games: the singles matches. The team needed seven points from 11 matches played but unfortunately only managed to secure five and a half.
"This year's game was amazing. We leave this trophy for Malaysia. Hopefully, we can take it again next year," said the IGT Chairman Jimmy Masrin.
Despite losing, Jimmy was pleased by the spirit demonstrated by the IGT players. "I think the IGT team this year is very solid, and the teamwork is also good. Our team was unlucky this year, but Malaysia performed well so they could win the tournament this time. I hope our players will return next year, and we can regain the trophy.”