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James Bowen Wins The Inaugural Jakarta Classic

By: Simon Reynolds

James Bowen Wins The Inaugural Jakarta Classic

On the 17th – 20th of July 2013, Imperial Klub Golf at Lippo Karawaci was the host venue for the inaugural Jakarta Classic, an official Asian Development Tour event. The Asian Development Tour is a feeder competition to the Asian Tour, and the top three from the order of merit at the end of the season secure their playing rights to compete on the Asian Tour. The tournament is an ideal opportunity for local Indonesian professionals to compete against international professionals, and a chance to shine amongst the local golfing spotlight.

We caught up with Jim Masrin from OB Events, for an introduction to this exciting new event for local golf fans, with a total purse of US $60,000 on offer:

What was the inspiration behind the creation of the Jakarta Classic?
The motivation was to create another opportunity for local professionals to play amongst an international field. Indonesia already has the CIMB Niaga Masters and the Indonesian Open, events with very high standards where very few local players made the cut. An ADT event provides more of a level playing ground, and 16 local players made the cut whilst gaining valuable experience.

Can we look forward to a yearly Jakarta Classic ADT event?
Yes, for sure, hopefully in 2014 there will be two official Asian Development Tour events.

James Bowen of the United States was victorious in this inaugural event. He secured a lead at the top of the leader-board after a second round 66, and with back to back 70s, finished on -12 for a final score of 276. The first round leader from Chinese Taipei Chan Shih-chang finished strongly with a final round 68 to finish in second place, to recover from his disappointing second round. The Indonesian rally was led by Indonesia’s number one Rory Hie, who put to rest a disappointing first round score, with a final round of 70 for a -4 total at 284 and a tie for seventh.

The CIMB Niaga Masters was disappointing for Indonesia’s professionals with only a single player making the cut. 16 Indonesian players made the cut at the Jakarta Classic, with a special mention to Andik Mauludin finishing with a – 1 total of 287 and Benny Kasiadi who finished with an even par total of 288, both players featured near the top of the leader board throughout the week playing quality golf.

The win in Jakarta was the second of the season for James Bowen, after his previous victory earlier in the season in Malaysia at the PGM Sime Darby Harvard Masters. Bowen sits on top of the order of merit of the Asian Development Tour for now, with six more events to play on the playing calendar.

James BowenWe caught up with the jubilant James Bowen after the final round, to reflect on his week at the Jakarta Classic going into the second half of the ADT season.

The Jakarta Classic is your second win on this year’s ADT, you must be very confident now of a top three finish and qualification for next year’s Asian Tour?
Yes, I am feeling great about my game right now. My goal at the start was to finish in the top three and I have put myself in a good position to achieve my goal come the end of the season.

You were top of the leader board since the second round, what was your game plan and focus for the final two rounds?
After the first two days I was putting very nicely, so I was focused on giving myself chances with greens in regulation and birdie putts. It all went to plan thankfully.

Where did you play your golf, before joining the Asian Development Tour this year?
I played on the mini-tours in the States for a couple of year: The E-Golf Tour and the Hooters Tour.

What was your primary motivation behind playing your golf in Asia?
To try something different and to see a different part of the world whilst doing what I love most in life, playing golf.

Playing on the ADT allows you all over Southeast Asia: Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. What is your favourite country so far and why?
I have really enjoyed all the countries so far. I am living in Bangkok at the moment, and Thailand is my favourite because of the food.

What advice can you give to young aspiring golfers dreaming of becoming professional golfers?
Never give up on your dreams! There will always be ups and downs in golf and when there are down moments, that is when you learn a lot about yourself, don’t give up!

Congratulations to James Bowen for his victory at the inaugural Jakarta Classic, we can all look forward to more exciting ADT events in Indonesia in the future.

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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