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Linc Group Jakarta Classic 2014 Ireland’s Niall Turner the champion at Imperial

By: Press Release

 

Ireland’s Niall Turner was powerful of the tee all week on course to victory (Photo Courtesy of Parlan Photography)

Ireland’s Niall Turner was powerful of the tee all week on course to victory (Photo Courtesy of Parlan Photography)

Jakarta, July 18: Niall Turner of Ireland survived a bumpy final round to win his first Asian Development Tour (ADT) title after posting a one-over-par 73 at the US$60,000 Linc Group Jakarta Classic on Friday.

The 30-year-old Turner held a five-shot lead heading into the last day but had to fend off the strong challenge from Englishman Peter Richardson before winning by one shot with a 10-under-par 278 total at the Imperial Klub Golf.

Richardson, who has one ADT victory, settled for second following a 69 while Thai talent Annop Tangkamolprasert ended his campaign in third position after shooting a 68 for a 281 total.

Turner dropped two bogeys on holes two and three but swiftly recovered with two birdies before the turn. A bogey on 14 narrowed the Irishman’s lead to one but he held on to his narrow advantage to win the second edition of the Linc Group Jakarta Classic.

The victory was exceptionally sweet for Turner who had been struggling with a hip injury in the last three years.

“I really needed this win. It has been quite grim in the last few years because I had a bad hip injury since 2011. That was the only thing holding me back. I was born with a defect in my hip and had to go through some surgery. My hip feels great now although I had to make slight changes in my swing.

“Winning a tournament really gives you the confidence. It will be an important few weeks on the ADT and I really want to get back on the Asian Tour. Hopefully I can stay healthy and continue my form,” said Turner, who won US$10,500 and earned six Official World Golf Ranking points.

Richardson, who was bogey-free in his last 45 holes, held his head high after pushing Turner to the limits, but he was disappointed not to take the outright win or force a play-off when he returned with four straight pars.

“I played great without any bogeys. I had a few birdies and put him under pressure. I was close but I couldn’t quite make the putts when I needed to. I had chances on the last four holes to make birdies but didn’t quite get the line or pace right.

“My goal was try to put him under pressure and I did. I’m pleased with the way I played and fought out there,” said the Englishman, who won his first ADT title in Malaysia in 2012.

This season, the ADT will reward the top five players on the final Order of Merit with playing rights for the 2015 Asian Tour season. Previously, the top-three players were offered Asian Tour cards since the ADT’s launch in 2010.

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Danny Masrin, the lowest scoring amateur at the LINC Group Jakarta Classic (Photo Courtesy of Parlan Photography)

Indonesian golf fans were happy to see the performance of the local Indonesian professionals compared to their play during last years Jakarta Classic. In this year’s event 5 Indonesian players featured in the Top 20, a huge improvement compared to a disappointing none last year. Special mention must go towards this years newly formed Indonesian Golf Tour which is providing local players a fantastic platform of top quality local professional events where the Indonesian professionals are maintaining a high standard of golf throughout the season with good prize money to be won.

With the Indonesian Golf Tour seeming to be a success so far, it should not be long before Indonesia can witness their very own champion in an Asian Development Tour event. Step by step with great sponsors like LINC Group, event organizers OB Golf and the hard work by the PGTI, the level of Indonesian golfers and their performances in high profile Asian events will continue to improve.

The LINC Group Jakarta Classic kick started the second half of the ADT season, as Asia’s up and coming tour professional play for 5 spots available in next years Asian Tour.  Indonesian Golf fans can look forward to another ADT on home-soil: the CIPUTRA Golfpreneur Tournament which will be held at Damai Indah’s BSD Course from the 21st – 24th of August with US$ 100,000proze money available. Once again PGTI’s Top 50 players will have the chance to compete against a fine field of some of Asia’s most up and coming and talented golfers.

These are exciting times for Indonesia’s top golfers. With passionate sponsors like LINC Group, CIPUTRA Group and the newly formed Indonesian Golf Tour in full flow, Indonesia’s top quality player’s have plenty of Top quality professional event’s where they can learn and play alongside some of the finest golfers in Asia alongside special invitations from around the world. See you at BSD for the Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament.

For more information on the ADT, please visit: www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.

The Champion Niall Turner enjoying and savouring his victory and Imperial Golf Club (Photo Courtesy of Parlan Photography)

The Champion Niall Turner enjoying and savouring his victory and Imperial Golf Club (Photo Courtesy of Parlan Photography)

Leading fourth round scores:

278 – Niall TURNER (IRL) 70 68 67 73

279 – Peter RICHARDSON (ENG) 72 70 68 69

281 – Annop TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 69 73 71 68

283 – Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 71 72 73 67, Grant JACKSON (ENG) 69 68 76 70, Brett MUNSON (USA) 67 69 75 72

284 – CHOO Tze Huang (SIN) 73 70 73 68, Konosuke NAKAZATO (JPN) 71 70 71 72

286 – Arie IRAWAN (MAS) 77 69 70 70

287 – I Ketut SUGIARTA (INA) 71 70 76 70, Jordan SHERRATT (AUS) 71 74 70 72

288 – Unho PARK (AUS) 72 71 70 75

289 – Rory HIE (INA) 71 73 75 70, Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 70 68 79 72, YE Jian-feng (CHN) 74 71 72 72, Kurnia Herisiandy SANTOSO (INA) 71 75 71 72

290 – Kevin MARQUES (AUS) 72 75 71 72, Wisut ARTJANAWAT (THA) 76 73 72 69, William SJAICHUDIN (INA) 76 73 74 67, Jordan IRAWAN (INA) 75 72 69 74

Low Amateur:

294 – Danny Masrin A (USA) 73 71 80 70

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