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Indonesian Junior’s amongst the winners as Thailand dominates at the 20th Enjoy Jakarta World Junior Golf Championship

By: Simon Reynolds

Japan’s winner of the Boy’s individual honours, Ryo Toyoyama alongside Indonesia’s winner of the Girl's individual honours, Rivani Adelia Sihotang

Japan’s winner of the Boy’s individual honors, Ryo Toyoyama alongside Indonesia’s winner of the Girls individual honors, Rivani Adelia Sihotang

Junior golfers are the future of the game, and the future of Indonesian golf looks to be in a healthy place, with many talented local juniors playing and competing against the games most talented players from Asia and overseas during this year’s 20th Enjoy Jakarta World Junior Golf Championship: 2nd June – 6th June. This year the event was played at Damai Indah Golf’s BSD course, and the course welcomed passionate junior golfers from as far as The United Kingdom, South Africa and even a player from Guam amongst a mainly Asian dominated field.

Last year’s event saw Thailand dominate many of the Boys and Girls divisions and this year the local Indonesian contingent was determined to brave up a fight and compete well for titles in all categories.

An Indonesian golfer managed to win one of the major titles: The Individual Title for All Girls’ classes during the 20th Enjoy Jakarta World Junior Golf Championship Supported by Ciputra Group. Rivani Adelia Sihotang won the title over Kanyalak Preedasuttijit (Thailand), the defending champion from last year.

Rivani competing in the Class-B Girls division (13-14 years old) played beautifully by scoring 3 under on the last round. Rivani accumulated an impressive score of 5 under (211; 73, 69, 69), whilst at the same time winning her Class-B division over Princess Mary Superal and Kanyalak from Class-A Girls who both scored 216 (1 under), and Paphankorn Tavatanakit from Class-B Girls with the score 214 (2 under).

“I am very happy today that I won, because other golfers that I have to face are indeed excellent,” said a jubilant Rivani. “Nonetheless, since the beginning I was confidence that I could win. I felt the confidence again when playing the last hole, ‘I think I will win’. Just like that, I don’t why I felt that all the sudden.” The title is the first International title that she has won.

Rivani Adelia Sihotang

Indonesia’s talented Junior: Rivani Adelai Sihotang posing with her winner’s trophy: Girls Individual Honors

Rivani Adelia Sihotang

Indonesia’s champion Rivani Adelai Sihotang tees off on the #1 during her second round

Meanwhile, for Boys Individual honors, a talented golfer from Japan, Ryo Toyoyama, won the “battle” over Thanakorn Torsee (Thailand). They both finished level on after four rounds, so the result was settled through an exciting play-off on BSD’s famous Par 5 18th Hole. With both players finding the fairway with long drives, they both went for the green in two with three woods. Toyoyama full of adrenaline ended back of the green whilst Torsee was a little short of the green with a short pitch to a tight pin for his third. Toyoyama made his up and down for a birdie 4 to win the title as Torsee could only salvage a Par.

“I was so nervous when I started today. But when I reached hole 8, I got my confidence back,” said Ryo. After making bogey on hole 3, Ryo made bogey on hole 8. After that, his game improved notching up birdies on holes  9, 15, 17 and 18. He admitted that the winning result was due his good iron play all week and his sheer motivation to win competing in his 2nd Enjoy Jakarta World Junior Golf Championships.

Alongside the Individual titles, Thailand also secured the combined team title. Thailand’s:  Parathakorn Suyasri (Class-B Boys) and Thanakorn Torsee (Class-A Boys) were the winners of team title. Both collecting total score of 577, followed by the Philippines team Kristoffer Arevalo (Class-B Boys) and Rupert Zaragosa (Class-A Boys) with the total score 584, followed by Indonesia, Theodore Rahardja and Kevin Caesario Akbar with the total score 601.

Kevin Akbar

Indonesia’s Kevin Akbar (Boys A Division) helped secure Indonesia 3rd place in the Boys team event

For the Girls Team title, the defending champions, Paphangkorn Tavatanakit (Class-B Girls) and Kanyalak (Class-A Girls) were the winners once again with a total score of 249. The Girls Team representing Indonesia: Ida Ayu Indira Melati (Class-B Girls) and Rivani Adelia Sihotang (Class-A Girls) finished in 2nd place with the total score of 431, followed by Japan in 3rd place with: Nasa Hataoka (Class-B Girls) and Sara Ota (Class-A Girls) posting a combined score of 440.

Theodore Rahardja

Indonesia’s Theodore Rahardja (Boys B Division) was part of the Boys Team which secured 3rd place

This year the 20th Enjoy Jakarta World Junior Golf Championship Supported by Ciputra Group (The 20th EJWJGC 2014 Supported by Ciputra Group) awareded a special title named: The Ciputra Trophy as appreciation to the founder of the tournament. The title was awarded to the player with the lowest score from all classes: Boys and Girls (The Very Best of The Best). This time, Thitaporn Saithip from Thailand competing in the Girls D division won the title with an impresive total score of 208 (67, 71 and 70) or 8 under. Thitaporn is posed to have a very bright future in junior golf.

Thailand  dominated almost all classes for Boys and Girls. With Thanakorn winning the Class-A Boys, followed by Rupert Zaragosa (Philippines) with the total score 287 (1 under) and Joeh Se Ik (Korea) with the total score of 288 (par).

The Class-B Boys division was also dominated by Thailand golfers. Kritchayapol Sinchai (Thailand) was the winner with a total score of 287 (1 under), followed by Puwit Anupansuebsai (Thailand) with the total score of 290 (2 over) and Aidric Chan from Philippines in the 3rd place with the total score 293 (5 over).

In Class-A Girls, Princes Mary Superal from Philippines was the winner. Princes Mary, the winner of 2 gold medals at the recent SEA Games, concluded another impressive tournament closing with a convincing final round 68 (4 under). Although she collected the same total score as Kanyalak at (215), Superal was the winner using the count-back system. Kanyalak scored a disappointing 73 during the last round (1 over), settling for 2nd place. 3rd position was won by Japanese junior Nasa Hataoka with a total score of 218 (2 over).

In the Class-B Girls division, a Thai golfer again took the winners spot. Paphankorn Tavatanakit, a defending champion from EJWJGC 2013, led the leaderboard after 3 days and finished with the total score of 214 (2 under), an impressive 8 strokes ahead of Sara Ota (Japan) who scored 222, and 11 strokes ahead of Inez Beatrice Wanamarta (Indonesia) who scored 225 in 3rd position.

To view complete score of the tournament, please visit EJWJGC 2014 website http://www.jakartaworldjuniorgolf.com/, and click on Live Scoring & Pairing Info.

Kevin Akbar and Theodore proudly receive their award for 3rd place in the Boys team event

Kevin Akbar and Theodore proudly receive their award for 3rd place in the Boys team event

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.

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