05 August 2018
One of Indonesia's Best Amateurs
Two Lowest Amateur titles at the Indonesian Open in the last three years. It’s certainly an extraordinary achievement by Almay Rayhan Yaquta, moreover because it is carved out in a national open championship.
This year's score of 3-under may not have been as good as two years ago when Almay finished on 5-under after making the cut for the first time but the 20-year-old amateur believes his game is more mature now than in 2016.
“Two years ago I just played, so I was surprised that I played that good. But this time, my game is more organized, besides physically and mentally I am better and stronger this year,” said Almay, who finished T47 in the event at Pondok Indah Golf Course on July 15. The field and the course set up for the 2018 Indonesia Open, with an increased prize purse of US$500,000, was admittedly tougher and more difficult.
Despite being able to collect his second Lowest Amateur title, Almay’s round was not stress-free. He faced a wobble when he bogeyed on the second and third holes of his back nine reducing his score to 2-under. “I didn’t know the situation. I had a thought to give up because of two bogeys in a row. Then, I was told that I was only one shot away from Kevin who led on 3-under. My spirit came back,” explained Almay, who felt confident he could claim the title after the third round.
Finishing on 2-under, Almay tied with Naraajie and Kevin. However, his birdie on the last hole put Almay one stroke ahead of his fellow athletes. The title proves that Almay is one of Indonesia’s best amateurs.