08 December 2019

Indonesia Reclaims the Trophy

The Indonesian Golf Tour team reclaimed the IGT-PGM Championship trophy that they failed to secure in Malaysia last year. This year, the Indonesian team was able to make a convincing performance to take down the Malaysian side.

The fourth edition of the Indonesian Golf Tour-Professional Golf of Malaysia  Championship took place on October 15-17 on the West Course at Gunung Geulis Golf & Country Club in Bogor. Being on home soil for this year’s  match play team tournament worked to the advantage of the host side. Several of the Indonesian team players practiced on the West Course in the week before the international match play tournament, while some of the others were already familiar with the 6,075-meter course set in the hills of Bogor. As the hosts, there was additional pressure to ensure the trophy stayed in Indonesia. 

Of course, the Malaysian team also wanted the trophy for themselves, keen to defend their title on foreign land and avoid a repeat of their defeat in 2017 at Riverside, Cimanggis. In an effort to build a stronger team, Malaysia added four new faces, one of which was Nicholas Fung, a champion on the Asian Tour and Order of Merit Asian Development Tour winner with three ADT titles, to an existing eight players from last year’s winning team.

Strong ambition from both two teams was reflected in a fierce contest between these two neighboring countries. In the fight to secure the trophy, the two teams pulled up even with one another both on eight points after eight foursome matches and eight four-ball matches were finished.

However, a surprise was in store during the single matches. Indonesia appeared to have finally mastered singles play and dominated the matches. They defeated Malaysia by 15½-12½. Here's the full story of how the battle
went down blow by blow until the Indonesian Golf Tour team triumphed over their opponents…


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