Monday, June 13, 2011

Indonesia Wins 2 Titles At World Junior Golf Championship

Jakarta, June 10 2011 - The 2011 Enjoy Jakarta World Junior Golf Championships (EJWJGC) finished with the success of Jordan Surya Irawan, who became the overall champion in the individual Boys Division. Jordan, who is now 15 years old, was able to meet Indonesian golf public expectations by winning the same title won by another Indonesian golfer last year, Jovi Ocvandio Pangabean.

In the midst of domination by Thai golfers, Indonesia succeeded in winning two prestigious titles. The other title is Team Champion for the Girl Division, represented by Ika Woro Palupi (Class A) and Putri Aisha Amani (Class B). The Chinese team won the overall champion Boy Division with Jian Guan Chuan Lin and Tian Liang.

Meanwhile Thailand won 5 titles, (Class A, C and D Boy Division and Class B and C Girl Division). China added one more title in Class B Boy. Singapore and Malaysia won the title in Class A and Class D Girl Division respectively.

The EJWJGC event was officially closed by Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo. Fauzi was proud of the achievements of the Indonesian golfers. "I am proud to have an Indonesian champion. I hope we have a champion for the future. I also appreciate the girls team for their efforts to become team champion. Again, I hope this tournament becomes more qualified and recognized worldwide," said Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo , on PIK Course, Friday afternoon, which was witnessed by the Vice Chairman of the Committee Damai Indah Golf Club, Mari Elka Pangestu, who is also Trade Minister.

Jordan won the title through a thrilling battle. Left behind by three strokes in the first nine holes, Jordan was lagging until hole 14. "That was my turning point. Their games (the competitors') were not their best after (hole) 14. I am trying to maintain the pace of my game, that is why I can win by 1 stroke."

Jordan won with a total score of 295 (75, 73, 73, 74), ahead of Smithi Teeratkhul (296) and Danthai Boon (299). "To be honest I was surprised to reach this far. My target is to play my best. Also, Jovi is also ambitious in defending the title he won last year," he said. In Class B Boy Division, as predicted earlier, there were not much changes. The young golfer from China, Guan Tian Lang, finally won the 13-14 year age class. Although he closed his game today with a score of 4 over (76), Lang is still solid in his position with a total score of 286 (67, 70, 73, 76).

Meanwhile, Andrew Wirawan (Indonesia) who today played 75, collected a total of 301 (77, 74, 75, 75) and was able to maintain second place.

The third position was taken by Sebastian Lorenza (Philippines), displacing Aditya Nur Setyantiko (Indonesia). Lorenza took the position after collecting a total score of 308 (78, 75, 76, 75).

Meanwhile, in Class A Girl Division, Kok Jo Ee (Singapore), after 2 rounds in second position, was able to overtake the top position by scoring 72 finishing with a total score of 222 (73, 77, 72). Although her score is same as Sarah Ababa's (Philippines), Jok Ee won the title by count-back system for the last 18 holes of the last day, where Sarah scored a 73. The third position was taken by Lara Weinstein (South Africa), with a total score of 227.

In Class B Girl Division, representative of Thailand Benyapa Niphatsophon won the 13-14 year-old class. Collecting a total score of 214 (70, 74, 70), Niphatsophon led by three strokes from Putri Aysha Amani (Indonesia), and 6 strokes from Lou Daniella Uy (Philippines).

A day earlier, Thailand had won three titles in Class C (by Poowit Anupanseubai) and D Boy Division (Paratagorn Suoyasee), and C Girl Division (Kasaree Rojanapiensatit). The only title won by another country was Class D Girl Division, that was won Malaysia (Ng Yu Xuan Winnie).

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