Imperial Golf Academy Juniors Dominate at Modern Indonesian Junior Golf Tournament 2014
Indonesian parents have got together to develop and run the Indonesian Junior Golf Tournament circuit. I was lucky enough to go and watch the last event at Modern Golf Course in Tangerang. The parents have formed a committee to run the events and help support their children.
It was fantastic to see the changes in the course set up for this particular series. The parents have looked into the yardages that age group events are played on in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and Europe. Playing the correct distance tees for your junior is vital if they are going to develop course management strategies. When your junior player plays tee boxes too long for them, all the trouble from the tee box is never in play. If the PGA Tour players can reach a par five with a wedge for their third shot so should your junior. The younger age groups really enjoyed and took advantage of finally playing a tournament where they are hitting the same club into the greens as the older juniors and tour players. Next time you take your junior out to play make sure they are playing tee boxes that give them the same clubs into the hole as a tour player. If you want your junior to enjoy the game make sure they can reach every green in regulation if they hit good golf shots.
The pin placements where also designed to give the junior a chance to make some good scores. With twelve easy pin placements and six medium. Having the pins accessible still requires the junior to hit the ball in the right spot on the green to make the putt. But it helps to eliminate very high scoring from just one or two holes where the chip or putt can be almost impossible on the very undulating greens that we have in Asia.
The first day saw some higher than normal scoring with good playing conditions. With many of the juniors getting used to the shorter tee boxes and not having a game plan on how to best play the holes. Modern have pot like bunkers very similar to The Old Course in Scotland, which are reachable from the forward tee box. The second day saw the rain come down, but the juniors spirits did not dampen. Many of them learn from their mistakes from day one and taking more three woods or hybrids from the tee box to get the ball in play.
One of the stand out rounds of the tournament was from Mathew Alexander in the under eight section. At one stage Mathew was two under par, finishing the day with an incredible 73.
The Imperial Golf Academy students in the Modern Tournament had three wins and two seconds from the eight divisions.
I have been training National Golfers since 1992. With many of my students gaining scholarships to the USA, winning National Championships and becoming PGA winning Professionals. To give you an idea of the development for the under eight, under twelve and under sixteen level, I have put in an over view of the development required for a tournament level Junior.
Overview of tournament level Junior
The juniors participate in squad based training. The young talent in these programmes are assessed through a number of talent identification tests.
Such assessments measure golf performance mastery as well as other dimensions for success across five key performance skill areas. Information gathered during the sessions assist our coaching team in tailoring individual programmes specific to the players’ needs.
This stage of the National Development Programme enables a greater understanding of the emerging players within the programmes, it also assists the coaching team with individualised player information that will assist the players’ long term development.
Long Term Player Development Stage: Learn to Play in Tournaments
The fundamental movement skills and golf specific skills the player has learnt in the earlier stages of development now need to be put to the test in appropriate competition. This can include junior tournaments and events, and for the higher performers national age group events.
It is important that by this stage of development the player has developed good technical proficiency of all golf skills and has good general physical conditioning. The juniors train these skills and conditioning, and develop their mental and tactical skills through learning to compete at age appropriate events while establishing their pre competition preparation.
The junior spends 60 per cent of their time in developing their skills and conditioning base in a tailored programme addressing their strengths and weaknesses; and 40 per cent of their time specifically training, preparing and playing in appropriate competitive events.
Players are introduced to periodised planning. This is to ensure the player has enough skill development training time and has a focus on only a few key events within a more limited and age appropriate tournament schedule.
Below are the results from the Indonesian Junior Golf Tournament held in Modern Golf Club.
A. BOYS DIVISIONS (15-17 yrs)
1.WON JUN 74,75 | 149
2.M. HAIDAR MOHALISI 82,82 | 164
3.KIM KI HUN 82,83 | 165
B. BOYS DIVISIONS (13-14 yrs)
1. ALEXANDER VALENTINO 77,74 | 151
2. KADEK ADI AKSAMA PUTRA 77,74 | 151
3. ZACHARY KRISTIAN SURYAHIMSA 80,73 | 153
C. BOYS DIVISIONS (11-12 yrs)
1. ALFRED RAJA SITOHANG 77,73 | 150
2. KENTARO NANAYAMA 74,78 | 152
3. KCI LINDSKOG 84,83 | 167
D. BOYS DIVISIONS (9-10 yrs)
1. MIKAIL JAYDRA 84,82 | 166
2. RASHAWN YASHADHANA 90,95 | 185
3. BERTRAND MANUEL SUTANTO 100,88 | 188
GIRLS DIVISION (14-17 yrs)
1. RIVANI ADELIA SIHOTANG 78,79 | 157
2. MICHELA TJAN 82,81 | 163
3. JOLENE KAM JO LING 82,82 | 164
GIRLS DIVISIONS (9-13 yrs)
1. NATHANIA DAMARISA RIM 73,77 | 150
2. PATRICIA WALANDA SINOLUNGAN 78,75 | 153
3. RHENALDA AYU PATASIK 81,77 | 158
8th YEARS OLD & UNDER (BOYS & GIRLS)
1. MATTHEW ALEXANDER 83,73 | 156
2. POUNDRA A SURYADARMA 90,78 | 168
3. CHRIS KUSUMA 88,91 | 179
If you are looking for your junior to enjoy the game, make sure they are playing appropriate tee boxes for their age. That the tournaments they enter are progressive from fun, to district, then National competition to allow your junior to grow their skill level for playing tournaments. Most importantly make the emphasis of the doing there best, focusing on each shot and the score will take care of itself. Golf is a life long journey and it takes on average twenty years to develop a Major Champion. Allow your junior to enjoy the process.
If you would like to contact the Imperial Golf Academy regarding junior golf or golf tuition:
Senior Instructor Imperial Golf Academy
Titleist Performance Institute Certified Golf Fitness Instructor
PGTAA Class A Master Coach
USGTF Level III Coach
Phone 0817 011 7839
Director Imperial Golf Academy
PGA High Performance National Coach since 1992
Master Clubfitter and Qualified Mentor
Martial Arts 2nd Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon do, Karate and Hapki do
Phone 0813 1911 4699
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