18 April 2018
Two Best Friends to Meet the Legend
I Nyoman Pasek Jiwandana was overjoyed. After two years of failing to meet expectations, Jiwandana's third time was the lucky one at the Jack Nicklaus International Invitational. Paired with Andre Atmadja, Jiwandana, who is better known as Alit, won the Best Gross at the event. As a result of their success, Alit and Andre will compete in the 2018 International Final Tournament of Champions on May 29-June 2.
“I finally managed to win here after three consecutive years of participation. However, this success was not separated from my playing partner, Andre. Andre and I have been friends for so long that our chemistry is very strong and it helps us when we win at this tournament," said Alit.
Alit, who has been friends with Andre for 17 years, admitted that their win was dramatic. He and Andre shot 5-under par for the last five holes to win by a single stroke. Now the pair will proceed to the final where Alit will have the unforgettable experience of meeting golf legend Jack Nicklaus.
“Just like every golf fan, meeting with one of the best golfers of all time is something really special. I also can watch a PGA Tour event [The Memorial],” added Alit.
For Andre, it is his second chance to meet the Golden Bear. Andre was the winner of the 2015 JNII and also the runner-up the 2015 International Final Tournament of Champions in Ohio.
The distributor of Jack Nicklaus apparel in Indonesia, PT Trisula International, hosts the yearly amateur tournament in Indonesia. The event is also held in five other countries - Italy, Philippines, South Korea, Switzerland, United States, and Indonesia.