20 February 2020

Two Winners with Different Mindsets

The 2020 Junior Golf National Championship created two new winners. Gabriel Hansel Hari managed to break away from his competitors to win the title, while Rana Syarifa Mukawa was surprised by her victory.

Gabriel Hansel Hari finally claimed his first title in wire-to-wire fashion at his fourth attempt at the National Championship, one at the amateur version of the event, over the last four years. His win at the 2020 Junior National Championship is a prestigious achievement.  

Hansel led the boys’ division for the entirety of the three-day tournament at Gading Golf Club. The 16-year-old finished his closing round on 68 (4-under). Compiling a total of 209 (7-under), to win by seven shots over Jonathan Havier Hartono. 

“Before winning the Junior Championship, I was always second for the three consecutive years. However, this year I was very confident before playing in this tournament. A month ago, I just won an elite tournament on this course. I think I played well in the last round. In the first two rounds, I just felt my game was not really good,” said Hansel, who scored 71-70-68. 

Conversely, Rana Syarifa Mukawa did not think she would win the tournament, believing that Lydia Hawila Stefany Sitorus, who won the international junior tournament last year, was the strongest competitor and most likely to grab the trophy. 

However, Rana also topped the leaderboard from the first round, with Lydia trailing her in the second position. Rana, the only female player to score under-par for the three-day event, won the girls’ division by collecting a total of 215 (1-under) for a nine-shot lead over Lydia. 

“I am very happy with my game for three days because it is still in accordance with my game plan, even though there are a few strokes missed. Despite leading by a very large stroke difference with my closest competitor, I kept [reminding] myself to relax during the final round,” explained Rana, who took up golf two years ago. 

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