09 October 2017
The SEA Games Effect
Despite a tight schedule, Kevin C. Akbar took home victory in the Credit Suisse Match Play Championship. His experience in regional events was key to him winning the championship.
Kevin C. Akbar returned from the 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur, held August 22-26 to rest for a few days. Then he joined the Indonesian Team to compete in the SEA Amateur Golf Championship on Sept 4-8 at Gading Golf course, South Tangerang. With his busy schedule, Kevin only had three days to prepare for the 15th Credit Suisse Amateur Match Play Championship at Gunung Geulis Golf on September 12-14.
“My goal was to make the cut in the qualification round,” said the 18-year-old who missed the cut in his 2012 debut at the event.
When Kevin was able to overcome his opponents to reach the last 32, his target changed. “I want the Green Jacket,” said Kevin, who advanced to the final after his opponent Ismail conceded their semi-final due to a foot injury.
Dominikus Glenn was Kevin’s opponent for the final. The player, who last year failed to advance to the last 16, beat Joyo Paturubi 5&3 to make his way to the final rounds.
This year’s final was a tight competition. Dominikus took the lead after winning two holes (3&4), but Kevin compensated by taking two points over the next two holes. They were all square until the 9th hole. Kevin won the 10th and 12th hole to go 2-up. Dominikus fired back, winning the 13th to cut Kevin’s lead to 1-up. They were unchanged through the next four holes, taking Kevin into the 18th one in front. After the players once again matched each other on the last hole, the Green Jacket was Kevin’s to take home.
“I just kept the game rhythm so that I didn’t lose the hole. However, Dominikus was a tough opponent. He strives to earn points on every hole,” said Kevin.
That strategy was developed from Kevin’s most recent experience at the SEA Games where he played in the match play category. “I learned a lot at the SEA Games. If there was no kind of experience [playing match play] at SEA Games, maybe the result would be different.”