Categorized | 2014, February 2014, News, On Tour

The LINC Group Jakarta Invitational 2014: The Asian Development Tour Finale

By: Antony Sutton

Pavit Tangkamolprasert

The Champion, Pavit Tangkamolprasert scramblin’ on the final day

By Antony Sutton & Simon Reynolds

An exciting inaugural LINC Jakarta Invitational saw 24 year-old Thai Pavit Tangkamolprasert win his first ever Asian Development Tour, pocketing $10,500 along the way.

A final round 70 was enough to see Pavit end nine under, enough to overcome the efforts of Japan’s Mitsuhiko Hashizume who turned in an impressive 68 on the final day leaving him just one shot shy of the impressive young Thai.

Tied with Hashizume was young Indonesian hopeful George Gandranata while Grant Jackson from the UK ended 4th with 277.

But it could have been oh so different.

Gandranata, who was featured in issue 04 of Golf Indonesia, flew out of the blocks, hitting an opening five under 66, putting him two shots clear of Hashizume at the Jababeka Golf and Country Club, west of Jakarta.

In fact, the opening day ended well for Indonesians, with four hitting below par, Rory Hie, Andik Mauludin and Ilyasyak , finding themselves in the top nine on the leader board.

The highlight for Gandranata on the opening day came without doubt on the back nine as he birdied the 14th, 15th and 16th. Hashizume, on the other hand, was handicapped straightway, dropping a shot on the first hole of the day before dropping another on the 9th; two shots that would prove costly over the competition for the Japanese player.

Pavit started steadily, parring the first four holes before dropping a shot on the 5th. He ended the front nine strongly, birdying each hole before hitting a spectacular two on the 13th, a feat only matched by Mauludin and Ian Andrew.

Gandranata continued his good form into the second day, breaking par three times but while he was still leading he admitted he was less happy with his golf on that second round.

“I didn’t hit it as well as I did yesterday but I had a good start. I am pretty pleased with my game today. The course is not playing easy. A mistake out there can change anything. I’ve got a plan on how to attack this golf course. I’ll stick to it for the next two rounds and we will see how it goes,” said the 27-year-old.

Instead, it was Pavit who ended the day strongest. After dropping a shot on the par 5 14th, Pavit eagled the 16th and birdied the 17th to see him finish the day five under on 66.

After, Pavit referred to the effect the eagle had on his confidence. “I felt like I was on fire after that eagle and I moved on to make a birdie on the 17th. The weather is hot and the greens are tough out there. I had to work on my mental game.”

It was not such a good day for Hashizume who dropped shots on five holes yet still finished at one under.

George Gandranata

Local favourite, George Gandranata, topped the leaderboard for the first 3 rounds

Going into the final day, Pavit and Gandranata had a three shot cushion over Jackson and Hashizume, setting the scene for an exciting climax to the ADT season. There was added intrigue amongst the mix, as Grant Jackson had played his way into contention to take the fourth and final place to qualify for the 2014 Asian Tour. Nicholas Fung, James Bowen and Ian Steel had all confirmed their spots before the first round begun, with Canada’s Lindsey Renolds under pressure a mere $8,500 ahead of Grant Jackson in the Order of Merit. The winner’s check would secure $10,500, and with Renolds finishing way down to leaderboard making a few bucks, the prospect of Jackson nicking the final spot on the final day’s play was added excitement to a fascinating week’s play of tough and entertaining tournament golf at Jababeka Golf and Country Club.

The 27-year-old Indonesian Gandranata was steady rather than spectacular in the final round. He was even par for the front nine, while Pavit hit four birdies and two bogeys giving him the edge going into the turn. Having started the final day brightly, Jackson all but imploded, following three birdies with a two over six on the ninth while Hashizume hit three birdies and two bogeys.

Gandranata finally broke par on the 10th but was unable to build on that, not breaking again until the 16th.

The final two holes were great fun to watch though perhaps not so exciting for the players! Pavit and Gandranata dropped shots on each hole while Jackson dropped on the 18th. And Hashizume, most frustratingly, birdied the 17th. Frustrating, because had he been more consistent then it would have been he celebrating success, and not wondering what might have been.

Pavit admitted it had been a tough competition. “I never thought I could win. It is my first professional win outside of Thailand. George played really well this week. I think I was just luckier than him. My three consecutive birdies in the front nine gave me an advantage,” said the 24-year-old.

Gandranata said the event had been a great experience and hoped he could build on the form he had shown in the early rounds. An inspired Gandranata was motivated all week by talk regarding how his lack of length would hinder his chances of competing for the title here at the long Jababeka course. His accurate long game and his sharp short game proved that length is not the only way to compete for golf trophies, “It was a good week for me. This is my first time being in the lead on the ADT. I stuck to my plan all week. I only made three bogeys in total so I’m happy with how I played. I could’ve done a lot of things better but this would be a good experience for me.”

Golf fans will look forward to more professional events staged at the Nick Faldo designed Jababeka Golf and Country Club. A combination of fluctuating weather conditions, long length tee to green and slick greens proved a stern test for the pros, with the halfway cut set at a whopping +12. The tournament well and truly puts the Jababeka course on the bucket list of many avid golfers here in Indonesia.

THE LEADING FINAL SCORES:

1st: 275 – Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 69-66-70-70
T-2nd: 276 – Mitsuhiko HASHIZUME (JPN) 68-70-70-68, George GANDRANATA (INA) 66-68-71-71
4th: 277 – Grant JACKSON (ENG) 69-72-67-69

NOTABLE FINISHES:
Rory HIE (INA)
Lindsey RENOLDS (CAN)

About Antony Sutton

I am a freelance writer who has been hanging round South East Asia for about 20 years. Unfortunately, I haven’t picked up a club in anger since my days in Bangladesh on the Kurmitola course where I benefited greatly from the words and wisdom of Nelson, the one armed caddy. Today, I keep threatening to head to the local driving range to shake off the cobwebs but haven’t yet made good with that promise. Instead I content myself with a few quiet, cold beers once in a while and helping my son become a good Arsenal fan!

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