20 February 2020
There’s no doubt that Elki Kow is one Indonesia’s best players. In three series of the PAGI, Elki claimed two titles. In the final PAGI series, he made double winning.
After a bad start in the first round of the President Cup, shooting 73 (1-over), 25-year old Elki Kow rose up in the second and third round to sign for 68 and 70. He secured the trophy with his five-under-par total of 211, four shots ahead Peter Gunawan.
"I had a fever in the first round. I thought about withdrawing. But I forced myself to play. As long as I can stand up, or can walk slowly, I try to keep playing," said Elki. “My condition [in the second round] was slightly better than the first round. I got momentum in the back-nine. After my eagle on the first, my confidence rose. I could make [four] birdies.”
First round leader, Yang Hee Jun, posed a serious threat to Elki on the first nine holes of the final round. After collecting three birdies, the Korean golfer was only two shots behind Elki at the top of the leaderboard. However, Hee Jun was unable to increase his number of birdies and thus buried his chance to grab his first professional title.
It was a fellow Indonesian, Peter Gunawan, who moved into second position. After making an eagle on the 12th hole, Peter added two birdies to claim the second position on the last hole with a total of 215 (1-under).
Elki brought home IDR 48 million for his efforts but also secured himself a bonus for sitting at the top of the PAGI points standing. This Pro Series saw the implementation of a points collection system, similar to the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup Playoffs, that offers prize money for the accumulation of points. As the leader of the points standing from the three series that were held this year, Elki claimed the IDR100 million reward.
Heading towards the third series which was held on November 19-21, Benita Y. Kasiadi was in the top position with 340 points from the two previous series. He was followed by Rinaldi Adiyandono on 292, Hendri Nasim on 280, and Elki Kow with 250.
By successfully conquering the PAGI Pro Series III, Elki jumped into the top position on 500 points and was entitled to the main prize money. Elki's success cannot be separated from the failure of Benita who was only able to occupy the fifth position. If Benita had finished within the top three, the grand prize of the PAGI series would have been his.