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Indonesia’s Golfing Community Is Shocked By The Sudden Death Of Lidya Ivana Jaya

By: Simon Reynolds

Lidya Ivana JayaLidya Ivana Jaya, Indonesia’s one and only female professional golfer, sadly passed away on the 17th of June at 07.55 am at Rumah Sakit Husada Utama in Surabaya having lost her battle with pneumonia. She was 29 years of age.

Lidya became unwell herself after taking care of her parents in hospital. In April this year, her parents were victims of a mysterious hit and run accident leaving them both hospitalised and her mother in a serious coma. Shocked by the incident, Lidya spent long periods of time in hospital caring for them after the accident, and it is during this time her own health began to deteriorate.

Lidya will always be remembered for her love and passion of the game, as she had dedicated much time and effort towards teaching at the Yanni Golf Academy in Surabaya. She established herself as a teaching professional in 2010 whilst setting up the Lidya Golf Academy. Ever since, she worked tirelessly hard to promote the game of golf in Indonesia, as well as help to develop and train up and coming junior golfers here in Indonesia.

From an early age, Lidya’s natural talent for sports was clearly evident. Before falling in love with golf, she also represented Indonesia in swimming and tennis at junior level. As an amateur she was very successful winning many high profile golf events all over Southeast Asia: 2004 & 2007 Indonesia Ladies Open, 2007 Taiwan Amateur Golf Championship, 2007 Hong Kong Ladies Open Amateur Golf Championship. She was also very successful representing Indonesia in golf events in Southeast Asia, winning the ladies golf division at the 2007 SEA Games in Thailand. 2007 was the highlight of her golfing career, alongside winning the amateur events in Taiwan and Hong Kong, she also won: Gross team winner 29th Indonesia Ladies Amateur Open Golf Championship and the Srikandi Cup for the Gross winner at the 29th Indonesia Ladies Amateur Open Golf Championship. In 2008 she turned professional.

On the Ladies Asian Golf Tour since 2009, she competed in 16 events, making the cut in 11 events, and secured a top 10 finish at the 2008 DLF Women’s Indian Open finishing in tied 9th position.

Agnes Retno Adriani Sudjasmin, who was a teammate of Lidya in the Indonesian women’s golf team, witnessed her gold medal at the Sea Games in Thailand in 2007. She believes Lidya will always be remembered for her personality:

 

“Lidya was a great golfer, very pleasant and heart warming. She always smiled and laughed with a sense of humour amongst her friends. She was a hard worker, very determined and never afraid of anything. She always competed as if she was competing on tour, never backing away and fighting for the best. Her personality always shone through, her beauty was not only on the outside but from the inside.” Lidya Ivana Jaya

 

She was also a proud ambassador of Nike Golf in Indonesia, and a regular face at driving ranges all over the country, promoting new products and meeting people in the local golf community, enjoying what she loved to do in life, which was playing and teaching up and coming golfers. Pilar Medina Arman, Senior Golf Marketing Manager at MAP, was very proud to work alongside Lidya, and have her on board as a brand ambassador for Nike for six years. Over the years they developed a close relationship:

 

“Lidya was a very talented golfer with a very good work ethic. She was always honest and a committed person. She always helped the golfing community, especially with her work at her golf academy in Surabaya. She will be remembered most for her love and devotion to her parents and her good and warm heart that always cared for her friends.”

 

Lidya is survived by her father Ketut Djaya, her mother Lely Yuana and her siblings, Surya Dharma, Budiase and Budiningsih. Her funeral was in Surabaya where she was cremated on the 18th of June, her ashes have been buried in Baturiti, Tabanan in Bali. Thankfully her father has fully recovered and her mother is no longer in a coma with her health improving.

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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