20 August 2019
Moving to the Next Level
Winning an international junior event is certainly a proud moment for Patricia Sinolungan. She overcame the pressure at Emeralda Golf Club to claim the title at the Menpora-PAGI International Junior Golf Championship 2019.
Attended by players from 14 countries, the Menpora-PAGI International Junior Golf Championship 2019 turned out to be a new learning medium for Patricia Walanda Sinolungan. In 2018, Patricia won the Menpora-PAGI Junior Golf Championship at the national level. Claiming a wire-to-wire victory this year, the 17-year-old showed herself as a new champion and proved she has moved to the next level by winning the international event.
“This year I am more confident. I can more follow the game plan and my shots can be more executed. Last year, even though I won, I made a lot of small mistakes," said Patricia.
This improved mentality is the fruit from the steep learning curve of her poor performance at the Women's Amateur Asia-Pacific Championship at the end of April where she shot 70-80-77-79. “I made many improvements after evaluating my results in Japan,” the University of North Texas student explained.
Patricia played in the Singapore Ladies Amateur Open Championship three weeks before the International Junior Golf Championship and showed a marginal improvement with her score of 79-76-71. “I was quite satisfied because I could still play well in the last round,” she stated.
In the first round at Emeralda, Patricia fired a 5-under par 67, which was the lowest score in the three-day event. The result was greatly welcomed by Patricia after she had endured a stressful lead up to the tournament.
“The night before, I was a little bit panicked because my range finder was lost. Then, I prepared to play without it, setting my game plan, making my mindset how to play the ball to fairway-green. Then, I got news that my rangefinder was found,” she explained. It seemed that the relief of the positive result helped her on her way during the next morning.
But it’s more than that, Patricia’s way of thinking has noticeably matured since she’s become involved in golf competition in the USA. “Playing there provides a different perspective for me. They can play well in limited time. They inspired me. Our training time is the same and the ability is also the same, but they have advantages in their mental side. That side I tried to learn while there,” Patricia added.