In the midst of a lack of international achievements, two Indonesian golfers managed to buck the trend, bringing good news from the continent with the most golf competition in the world: the USA.
rriving at the Ridge course at Eagle Crest, Alfred Raja Sitohang wasn’t just seeking experience in a tournament held by the American Junior Association (AJGA). The Indonesian junior managed to snatch the title in the 54-hole Eagle Crest Junior Championship on June 25-27.
Opening the first round with a score of 68 (4-under par), Alfred continued consistently by posting 69 and 71 in the last two rounds. A total of 208 (8-under) placed him at the top of the leaderboard, while Yusaku Hosono of Japan, who was a leader in the first round, wasn’t able to defend his top position. He dropped away from the top in the second round with an even-par 72 and failed, by one shot, to catch Albert in the third round.
“When I had two strokes lead, I knew it was a chance for me to win it. There’s a lot of pressure because I played against Yusaku. He’s a really good player, hitting the ball 50 yards farther than me. He is also very accurate. To be able to hang in there and win by one stroke, it means a lot to me,” Alfred said, as quoted by the AJGA.
“Just to bring this kind of mentality and this good feeling that I have right now, this confidence is into the next tournament. And I hope I can actually bring this kind of game into that tournament,” added the 17-yearold who made one eagle, 12 birdies and six bogeys.
Alfred was not the only Indonesian to engrave a great result. Kentaro Nanayama also put in a top performance, finishing T2 in the event. Shooting 69 (3-under) in the last two rounds moved the 16-year-old Indonesian to second place, tying with Yusaku, Isaac Buerger, and Luke Sample. Along with Alfred, Kentaro was one of only five players to post a red final score for the three-day event.
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