06 October 2018
Out of the Shadows
Amateur-star Naraajie finally managed to beat Danny Masrin in the IGT 5th Series. Naraajie had previously been held off by Masrin in the race for the title, but this time his low score on the second day widen his path to victory.
Naraajie E. Ramadhan has become well-known as an amateur threat to the professional players on the IGT. Winning the 3rd Series of the Indonesian Golf Tour last April, Naraajie showed he was capable of beating all but one of the Indonesian professional players. Only Danny Masrin had not participated in the tournament at Palm Hills and he would go on to defeat Naraajie in the 5th Series IGT at Damai Indah Golf-BSD Course last year.
However, this year’s 5th Series at BSD Course provided Naraajie with the perfect reckoning ground. Entering the final day, Naraajie held a one-stroke lead over George Gandranata following his successful first two rounds where he totalled 9-under. With his confidence high after shooting his lowest score of 64 in the second round, Naraajie was ready to use the momentum and his boosted spirit to seal the victory.
Danny headed out in the group ahead of Naraajie after posting a total of 6-under for the first two rounds. After the 15th hole, Danny was just a stroke behind Naraajie who sat 11-under after bogeying the hole. Not one to give up, Naraajie made up for his mistake with two birdies on the last two holes, while Danny could only muster one birdie against one bogey. Another rising amateur star, Jonathan Wijono, also managed to overtake Masrin who finished in 3rd by a stroke.
Speaking about his victory, 18-year-old Naraajie explained that he felt some heat during his round. “Today I played more patiently. Trying to enjoy and keep the game. There was a little bit of pressure because the score difference was very thin and many good golfers were also chasing the title today. However, after I made an eagle on the 13th, I was calmer and very confident that I could win the IGT this time,” he explained.
The accomplishment of Naraajie, who is an Asian Games 2018 athlete, was built on by a further three amateur athletes who were able to occupy the Top 5 at the 5th Series. In addition to Jonathan, who finished in second position, Kevin C. Akbar and Almay Rayhan Y. finished T4.