Categorized | 2014, February 2014, Golf Insight, News

The 7th Faldo Series Indonesian Championship

By: Simon Reynolds

The 7th Faldo Series Indonesian Championship

On the 19th – 21st of January, Damai Indah’s BSD Course played host to a field of 55 of Indonesia’s most talented junior golfers. Established in 1996, 40 Faldo Series tournaments now take place in 30 countries worldwide with more than 7,000 golfers participating each year. Past winners include the likes of: Rory McIllroy and Yani Tseng. As of September 2014, Faldo will begin taking students at a full-time residential academy for education and golf development in America. This first ever Faldo Series Academy in Casa Grande, Arizona is home to the Faldo Series USA and marks a landmark step, in the programme’s history.

Indonesia juniors have been inspired by the recent success of Cahyo Adhitomo and Fahmi Reza who won the Boy’s Under-21 titles at the Asia Grand Final in 2012 and 2013 respectively. The Faldo Series is a fantastic tournament experience open to all junior golfers under the age of 21 holding a handicap of below 10.0 to compete against fellow talented youngsters. The boys compete in three divisions: U-21, U-18 and U-16’s, while the girls compete in U-21 & U-16. The eventual three boys champions and the two girls champions will represent Indonesia at the Asia Grand final, at the infamous Mission Hills Golf resort in China.

The 2013/2014 Faldo Series Asia schedule features a record 19 tournaments in 15 countries, including four in mainland China, two in India and others in The Philippines, Chinese Taipei, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Brunei, Japan, Pakistan, Indonesia and Thailand.

U-16 Boys Division Champion Surabaya’s Tirto Tamardi

U-16 Boys Division Champion: Surabaya’s Tirto Tamardi – Photo courtesy of Parlan photography

The opening round of play was set alight by the spectacular golf exhibition put on by Surabaya’s Tirto Tamardi who posted a 63, which included 9 birdies and no lost strokes. Albeit, there is no recorded course record at BSD, I doubt there have been many lower scores posted.

Tirto continued his impressive golf over the next 36 holes to post a 54 holes score of -13, the lowest total score this season over the entire Faldo Series in Asia. Fellow U-16 compatriot Kevin Akbar did his best to keep up with Tamardi, shooting a 66 in his second round and after 54 holes took the runner’s up in the U-16 division on -6.

All three boys divisions played from the blue tee boxes at BSD, and it is was intriguing to see Tirto Tamardi and Kevin Akbar outscore all the competitors from both the U-18 and U-21 divisions. We were curious to ask Tirto what his previous low round was to date, 65 being his official low score before this event.

Jakarta Golf Club’s Fadli Rahman Soetarso won the U-18 Division convincingly having shown fine form with an opening round of 68, so despite the next 36 holes being a touch over par, came home for -1 total for 54 holes.

Tournament fans were left scratching their heads, baffled by the under performing boys U-21 division with Jakarta’s own Faraby Ali taking home the top spot with a modest +11 total for the championship.

The Girls U-21 was won by an equally modest performance of Bali’s Beach Golf Course’s Victoria Chandra with a championship total of +9.  The Girls U-16 witnessed a neck and neck final round between Bali’s Ida Melati and Taman Dayu’s Inez Wanamarta. After 36 holes Melati was one ahead on +1 with Wanamarta one shot behind. The treacherous rainy conditions proved too taxing for Wanamarta, posting a final round 81 to Melati’s 77.

Thanks to all the parents and spectators who turned up in their support of their children and other contestants to watch Indonesia’s future champion blossoming. Well run events sponsored by International committee’s like Faldo Series are doing great things for the development of Junior golf worldwide, and the more big events available for Indonesia youngsters to compete in the better in an attempt to keep up with Thailand’s dominance of junior golf in South East Asia.

Thanks also to Damai Indah Golf for an immaculate tournament venue for the junior competitors. We look forward witnessing the juniors’ development over the coming year and to see these youngsters blossom into Indonesia’s future golfing champions. The future is bright, the future is red and white.

U-16 Girls Division Champions Ida Ayu Indira Melati sinks a birdie

U-16 Girls Division Champions Ida Ayu Indira Melati sinks a birdie – Photo courtesy of Parlan photography

Good luck to the champions: Faraby Ali, Fadhli Rahman Soetarso, Tirto Tamardi, Victoria Chandra and Ida Ayu Indira Melati as they fly the merah putih with pride at Mission Hills in China later in the year.

Leading Scores at close of play: 54 holes:

Boys U-21 Division

Faraby ALI (DKI Jakarta) 78-76-73: +11
Christopher JOHAN (PENGPROV DKI) 76-79-77: +16
Putu A. MULYADI (Yearing Meadows) 80-80-77: +21

Boys U-18 Division

Fadhli R. SOETARSO(JGCC) 68-73-74: -1
Jordan S. IRAWAN (Leadbetter Golf Academy) 74-76-73: +7
M.Seandy ALFARABI (PENGPROV Banten) 77-72-76: +9

Boys U-16 Division

Tirto TAMARDI (Surabaya) 63-70-70: -13
Kevin AKBAR (PGI KAB Bekasi) 72-66-72: -6
Stevanius D. WIRAWAN (Taman Dayu) 75-69-77: +5

Girls U-21 Division

Victoria CHANDRA (Bali Beach Golf Course) 74-77-74: +9
Ika W. PALUPI (Damai Indah Golf) 73-81-77: +15
Gianti MAHARDHIKA (Jagorawi) 86-73-76: +19

Girls U-16 Division

Ida A. I. MELATI (PGI Bali) 73-72-77: +6
Chiara ARYA (Damai Indah Golf) 76-74-77: +11
Inez B. WANAMARTA (Taman Dayu) 73-73-81: +11

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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