24 March 2016
A Framework for Organizing Competitive Tournaments
Since its inception in 2014, the Indonesian Golf Tour (IGT) has become a “magnet” for national golfers. This series of national golf tournaments have been long-awaited.
The most recent IGT Grand Final, in 2015, culminated in an exciting playoff between three golfers. An encouraging fact for Indonesian golf is that they stepped into the playoffs with a score of eight-under-par, the lowest score ever recorded in a national professional tournament. This surely gives a sense of pride to Jimmy Masrin, the creator and main supporter of the Indonesian Golf Tour. Jimmy talked to OB Golf & Lifestyle Magazine about the background, mission and long-term targets of the IGT.
What are your thoughts behind the Indonesian Golf Tour?
The idea of organizing the IGT is based on my personal passion; I wanted to provide a competition for Indonesian golfers (professional and amateur) in an effort to develop golf in Indonesia. In addition to increasing the achievement of the national golfers, IGT also provides a chance for players to gain experience in a competitive golf tournament.
Through the IGT, what exactly is the mission you want to achieve?
We want to introduce and implement the IGT as a framework for organizing competitive and sustainable tournaments. We hope that the framework of this competition works well, and that the golf competition is passionate. It will boost players’ performances and skills, and also attract many people to enliven the golf competition in the country.
As we know, golf development in Thailand and Malaysia is becoming more successful. Their golf athletes are able to compete at international events. They are the result of a process of routine competition. We’re trying to implement that through the IGT.
What is your evaluation of the IGT implementation over the last two years?
We are satisfied with the Indonesian young golfers’ performance levels. Now we’ve got players who can compete at the international events such as the Asian Tour and Asian Development Tour. There is George Gandranata, William Sjaichuddin, Rinaldi Adiyandono, Ian Andrew, and some others. In addition to the golfers being able to compete with other nations, they were also able to record lower scores.
Our long-term target is to generate more national golfers who can compete internationally in 2019. It’s an ongoing process.