The Borobudur Classic
The Borobudur Classic
From the 18th – 21st November: The Borobudur Classic tee’d off for the first time on the ASEAN PGA Tour circuit at Borobudur International Golf Club, Magelang. The US$60,000 tournament is a welcome new addition to the circuit and was the eighth leg of the 2014/15 season. The event has been set up in order to support Magelang golf and tourism. “An event like this is able to attract international tourists to this small town in Central Java,” said SD Darmono, CEO and founder of PT Jababeka Tbk. “In addition to visiting Borobudur, golfers can also go to other tourist attractions such as Mendut Temple or Mount Merapi.” By choosing Magelang as the location of the tournament, he hopes that participants will also visit the Borobudur temple which is only about 20 kilometers from the golf course. OB Golf magazine were the presenting sponsor of the event while the official hotel of the event was the Atria Hotel, managed by Parador Hotels & Resorts.
The event was co-sanctioned by PGTI (Professional Golf Tour of Indonesia) in collaboration with the ASEAN PGA. This co-sanctioned saw a total competitive playing field of 66 golfers: 57 professionals and 9 amateurs all of the amateurs based in Indonesia including Jo Seik, Indonesia’s reigning amateur champion. ASEAN PGA is strongly represented by top professional golfers’ from Thailand and the Borobudur Classic welcomed 9 professional golfers from Thailand to compete in the event. From The PGTI order of Merit coming into the event, 10 of the Top 20 local Indonesian professional competed, including Andik Mauludin (3rd) and Rinaldi Adiyandono (5th). The Borobudur Classic turned out to be a wonderful opportunity for Indonesia’s professional golfers to test their skills against some of Thailand’s strongest up and coming young professional’s. Traditionally in Thailand, young professionals will polish their games in the local Thai and ASEAN PGA events before making the leap up towards Asian Tour events.
From day one the class of the Thai players was evident as they dominated the leader-board from day one until the final round and closing of play. For Indonesia it was promising to see several local Indonesia players playing solid golf with nine players finishing in the Top 20.
The inaugural Borobudur Classic was played out on an interesting course layout that is the Borobudur International Golf Club. The course is hardly long at less than 6,000m from the back tees tucked into a small plot of land beside Gunung Tidar in Central Java. The course favors the straight and accurate not necessarily the big hitting bombers. This played into the hands of the local Indonesian professionals who are often not as long as the Thai players off the tee.
Thailand’s Supravee Phatam capitalised on good karma in the shadow of the world famous Borobudur Temple and sauntered to a convincing victory in the US$60,000 Borobudur Classic. The final round was full of drama as the top Thai golfers battled it out for the trophy.
Supravee completed an impressive wire-to-wire win after closing with a one-under-par 71 at Borobudur Golf Club—located just 20 minutes from the world’s largest Buddhist temple.
He ended the ASEAN PGA Tour event on 11-under-par 277 and finished two strokes ahead of compatriot Pijit Petchkasem, who fired a 69.
Thailand’s Wisut Artjanawat returned a 67 finishing a stroke further behind.
Supravee fired a course record 65 on the opening and never looked back with ensuing rounds of 72, 69 and 71.
“I am pleased to get my first win as a professional. I have been working very hard since I turned professional three years ago,” said Supravee, who earned a cheque for US$9,750.
“It was a tough battle as Pijit pushed me all the way. I had a feeling he might come through. I had a couple of three putts on the back and made some poor approach shots.”
Supravee had a four-shot lead at the start of the day. He began well by going out in two under before giving the chasing pack some hope by making bogey on 13 and 14.
Pijit fired four birdies and dropped one shot on the homeward stretch to put the pressure on the leader but had to settle for second place.
“It is one of my best finishes on the ASEAN PGA Tour. I just ran out of holes,” said Pijit.
Wisut, a five-time winner on the ASEAN PGA Tour, made his expected final day charge and after dropping a shot on the fourth he shifted gear and accelerated up the leaderboard with birdies on seven, eight and nine and then 11, 13 and 18.
Andik Mauluddin shot a 72 to finish as the leading Indonesian in joint fourth place along with Thailand’s Tanatchan Puaktes, who carded a 73.
Indonesian Jo Seik, whose Korean parents raised him from birth in Jakarta, finished as the leading amateur in a tie for eighth position following a 73.
Earlier this year he claimed the Indonesian Amateur Championship.
The next event on the ASEAN PGA Tour is the season-ending US$75,000 Sabah Masters at Sutera Harbour Golf Club from January 14 to 17.
Leading final round scores:
277 – Supravee PHATAM (THA) 65 72 69 71
279 – Pijit PETCHKASEM (THA) 74 67 69 69
280 – Wisut ARTJANAWAT (THA) 74 66 73 67
284 – Andik MAULUDDIN (INA) 71 70 71 72, Tanatchan PUAKTES (THA) 73 68 70 73
286 – GOH Kun Yang (SIN) 71 76 68 71, Annop TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 72 69 72 73
287 – Jo SEIK (am) (INA) 71 70 73 73, Pasamet POGAMNERD (THA) 68 75 70 74
289 – Kurnia HERISHANDY (INA) 75 72 72 70
290 – Pasavee LERTVILAI (THA) 71 75 73 71
295 – Fahmi REZA (INA) 74 72 76 73, Eugene SIM Min Hwee (SIN) 76 73 73 73, Jordan IRAWAN (INA) 73 73 71 78, Rinaldi ADIYANDONO (INA) 73 72 71 79
296 – Indra HERMAWAN (INA) 75 75 74 72, Stephen LINDSKOG (SWE) 77 72 75 72, ADE Sebul (INA) 73 75 74 74