18 April 2018
New Spirit for Indonesian Players
The 2018 Indonesian Golf Tour (IGT) has begun. The first stage of the yearly voyage of the national professional golf circuit took place at Jababeka Golf & Country Club. It was the first of a series of eight IGT tournaments before the Grand Final this year.
This year, the IGT has expanded its calendar for the first time since 2014. The good results carved out by Indonesian players last year motivated the tournament organizer, OB Golf, to coordinate the additional tournament.
“We want Indonesian players to have many opportunities to play so they can compete at higher levels [Asian Tour and Asian Development Tour events],” said Merry Kwan, Marketing Director of OB Golf. “Last year, we had seven players, six professionals and one amateur, who managed to make the cut at the Indonesian Masters. It continued Indonesia’s success at the prestigious event two years ago, with four players making it through to the final round.”
As a result, the 2018 Indonesian Golf Tour has created a heightened spirit for Indonesian players. The renewed spirit has been spreading since the 1st Series at Jababeka. It’s expected that the Indonesian players will continue to show improvement in their ability and fighting spirit and at the end of the season will have recorded better results than previous seasons.
At the 1st Series, George Gandranata opened his IGT campaign by climbing to the top of the leaderboard to claim the title and add the trophy to his growing collection. The 31-year-old won the battle in the last three holes by closing with a total of 4-under par, pipping Danny Masrin to the post by one-shot.
"The key to my victory today is the short game," said George. "My chipping and putting were also very good this week, especially chipping. In Singapore (SMBC Singapore Open) I played badly because my chipping was not good and I was advised to practice the shot.”
Rory Hie, Benita Y. Kasiadi, and most recent rookie of the year, Elki Kow, placed T3 all on a total of one-under par. Naraajie E. Ramadhan (amateur) scored an even par for 6th, while Joshua Andrew W. and Fajar Winnuryanto sat at T7 with a total of one-over par.
The players have shown that they are ready for the next series of the 2018 IGT.