05 August 2018

Five Players Make Us Proud

This year’s national open championship certainly created beautiful memories for Justin Harding, the winner, but it will also be remembered by some of the Indonesian players.
This year, five Indonesian players were able to make the cut at the Bank BRI Indonesia Open. Successfully joining the field were amateurs Almay Rayhan Yaquta, Naraajie Emerald R.P., Kevin C. Akbar, along with professional players Jordan S. Irawan and George Gandranata.

This year saw the same number of Indonesian player’s progress to the final round at Pondok Indah, home to the Indonesia Open for the past three years, as did in 2016. However, a notable difference was the presence of three amateurs in the final two rounds. The three players are all national athletes who are training to compete at the Asian Games this August.

Three of the qualifying players had been on the scoreboard at the event before. Almay, Jordan and George have all been able to make the cut twice to date, with Almay also claiming the Low Amateur title both times. 

The 2018 Indonesia Open also proved to be an unforgettable experience for Jordan. Finishing the first nine on 2-over-par, the cut line was set at even-par. However, that then changed to 1-over-par when Jordan finished the 17th with a par, his fifth par in a row. Then, on the last hole, Jordan scored a birdie qualifying him to proceed to the third round. 

Regardless of each of their final results, these five Indonesian golfers have demonstrated their passion and fighting spirit. They are an example for other Indonesian players looking to carve out similar achievements and hopefully in the future, a benchmark to be surpassed.


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