18 April 2018
Reclaiming His Identity
George Gandranata is reinstating his dominance on the Indonesian professional circuit. With determination and patience, George won the 1st Series of the 2018 Indonesian Golf Tour.
George’s victory was secured in the last three holes. After a birdie on the 11th hole, George’s total score was 3-under par, one stroke behind Danny Masrin who led the field on 4-under par. While Danny, who played in the group in front of George, made bogey on the 16th hole, George scored a birdie to put him ahead by a shot. He maintained that standing until the close of the round.
The win is Gandranata's sixth on the Indonesian Golf Tour; he previously claimed three titles in 2014 and two in 2017. After having a successful season in 2014, George suffered a title drought for two years. “In 2015, I focused too much on my shots must be straight and far. Well, it just did not work for me,” said George.
Last year, Gandranata was able to end the drought with two titles. He also claimed the Best Player of the Year, his second time winning the award. This latest win at Jababeka is part of his campaign to maintain his pace and status as one of the strongest Indonesian competitors.
“Some people suggested I look for my own game identity. ‘What is my identity?’ I am not a typical long hitter. Therefore, my short game should be good. I keep practicing short game,” explained the 31-year-old who is the only Indonesian player to win an Asian Development Tour event. “It really helped my game. I have to build my game around my short game, not short game built around the other game.”