Categorized | 2014, April 2014, Golf Insight, News

Callaway Junior World Golf Championships – Indonesia Qualification

By: Simon Reynolds

Victoria Chandra

Victoria Chandra, the winner of the Girls 15-17 division, with (69-67) 136 strokes, 2-under

The HISTORY of the Event:

It was February 1968 when John W Brown, A.S. “Lou” Smith and Norrie West decided the San Diego Junior Golf Association would host the Junior World Golf Championships. The three had discussed the idea of organizing a tournament where juniors from all parts of the world could come together to play golf and share in cultural exchange.

The following is taken from the 1968 Junior World Program created by Norrie West:

The idea behind the Junior World Golf Championships is simply “YOUTH.” The San Diego County Junior Golf Association is founded on the principle of serving young people, in the hope that by doing so today’s youth will have a better chance of creating the world we all want. The Junior World tournament is an international extension of that principle. We believe that by bringing together young people from all parts of the world and all parts of our nation, we are helping to bring about greater understanding among people of differing cultures and values.

In its inaugural year, 475 juniors participated in the event representing seven countries and 20 states. Today, the tournament has grown to 1200 participants representing 56 countries and 42 states. The Callaway Junior World Golf Championships is the largest international event in the world and is unique for its international representation and cultural diversity.

Ida Melati

Ida Melati made things interesting in the Girls 15-17 division shooting 66 in the final round, and finishing with (72-66) 138 strokes, even par, to finish in 2nd

What makes the Callaway Junior World Golf Championship unique from other junior golf events?

Caddies are only permitted in the 6-Under division and 7-8 division. All players 9 and older are required to carry their own bag or use a pull cart. Who says golf is not a sport? Juniors playing without caddies will learn the basic principles of playing golf: replacing divots, repairing ball marks, lining up their own putts. In countries like Indonesia this is really important, if kids get too used to playing with their own caddies from a young age they will be too reliant on them to do all the basics that are required from the normal golfer abroad. Junior golfers must learn to perform the basic etiquettes that are required from all golfers without the help of a caddy.

Indonesia Qualification

2014 Indonesia Qualification took place at Senayan National 2/3 March, with 98 juniors aged 7 to 17 participating in the event, all vying for a chance to compete at the Callaway World Golf Championships later in the year in San Diego, California, USA.

Kevin Caesario Akbar and Victoria Tjandra, who represented Indonesia at the SEA Games in Myanmar in 2013, with Kevin finishing one under 137 (71-66) and Victoria two under 136 (69-67) in the 15-17 age group.

While Naraajie Emerald RP and Kristina Natalia Yoko competing in the 13-14 age group boys and girls, will follow in the footsteps of Kevin and Victoria. Naraajie posted a score of 137 strokes (70-67) or 1-under, and Kristina posted a score of 142 strokes (73-69) or 4 over.

Callaway Junior World Golf Championships

Since the Callaway Junior World Golf Championship begun, Indonesia, and other countries in the South-East Asia have very competitive national qualifications every year.

Numbers have increased each year with 98 participants from major cities all over Indonesia competing for 10 winner spots, plus some rank 2 and 3 spots from each age group to secure qualification for the world event.

The Nine division champions on their way to the USA representing Indonesia!

The Nine division champions on their way to the USA representing Indonesia!

Arifin Panigoro, chairman of the Indonesian golfing association said: “Speaking of junior golfers, we may not forget about the service or the support from the parents. Therefore, through this forum, on behalf of all ranks of the PGI, I would like to thank the fathers and mothers of the parents of the junior golfers. Without fathers and mothers who selflessly support their sons and daughters, junior golf in Indonesia would be impossible. ”

Arifin Panigoro went on to say he hoped the young golfers who qualified for the Callaway Junior World Golf Championship would make Indonesia proud and come back with life changing and valuable experiences.

A huge thank you for Senayan National for a fantastic venue during the event, which provided all the drama for the junior golfers over two days of exciting tournament golf. Also a big thank you to, Ancora Sports and the Ancora Golf Institute for their long lasting support towards developing the game of junior golfers here in Indonesia.

About Simon Reynolds

Simon fell in love with the game of golf at an early age. Watching Happy Gilmore when he was 12, Simon was hooked, and to this day thanks Adam Sandler's genius in the film for his passion for the game. His golfing hero is more refined and mature these days, and he continues his spiritual quest to model his golf game on Ben Hogan's perfect golf swing.

One Response to “Callaway Junior World Golf Championships – Indonesia Qualification”

  1. Angelica Dougherty says:

    How can I join in this tournament in Indonesia? I am visiting Indonesia in the month of June and July 2016.
    Thank you for your reply.

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