ADT: Gandranata remains in charge

Thu 09 Jan 2014

ADT: Gandranata remains in charge

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Jakarta, January 9: Overnight leader George Gandranata of Indonesia hogged the limelight for the second day after shooting a flawless three-under-par 68 to lead at the halfway stage of the inaugural Linc Group Jakarta Invitational on Thursday.
The promising talent totalled eight-under-par 134 for a one-shot lead over Thailand’s Pavit Tangkamolprasert, who returned with the day’s lowest score of 66, at the US$60,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event, which is the season finale for the 2013 ADT schedule.
Australian Jack Munro and Japanese Mitushiko Hashizume posted identical 70s to share third place while Chinese Taipei’s Chan Shih-chang battled to a 68 for fourth at the Jababeka Golf and Country Club.
England’s Grant Jackson, who is fighting to get into top four on the ADT Order of Merit to earn his 2014 Asian Tour card, signed for a 72 to tie for sixth alongside Indonesia’s highest ranked golfer, Rory Hie on 141.
James Bowen of the United States, Malaysia’s Iain Steel and Canadian Lindsay Renolds, who are fighting to earn an Asian Tour card by finishing as the top-four players on the 2013 ADT Order of Merit, were placed in tied-ninth, tied-34th and tied-42nd respectively.
The 27-year-old Gandranata was delighted to stay on track for his first ADT victory after shooting three birdies.
“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 Gandranata, who has been playing on the ADT regularly since turning professional in 2012.
Meanwhile Pavit charged into contention after chipping in for eagle from 84 yards on the 16th hole to stay one shot back from the leader.
“I felt like I was on fire after that eagle and I moved on to make a birdie on the 17th,” said smiled the 24-year-old Thai, who claimed three top-five finishes on the ADT in 2013.
“The weather is hot and the greens are tough out there. I had to work on my mental game. My season was not bad last year. The three top-five finishes gave me a lot of confidence in my game,” added Pavit.
Renolds, ranked fourth on the Order of Merit, hopes to overcome a nerve-wracking week as Jackson could very well overtake him on the Merit list should the Englishman win this week.
“To be honest, I’m playing terrible. I really need to get my form going right now. We still have two days to go so hopefully I can turn things around. I would be lying to you if I say I’m not thinking about keeping my Asian Tour card for 2014. Grant (Jackson) is playing very well. Hopefully I can put something together,” said the Phuket-based Renolds, who has eight top-10 finishes on the ADT in 2013.
The halfway cut was set at 12-over-par 154 with 58 players advancing to the final two rounds.
With current number one Nicholas Fung of Malaysia having already secured his Asian Tour card through the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit, the next best three players on the ADT rankings will be ‘promoted’ after this week’s final tournament.
The winner of the Linc Group Jakarta Invitational will take home a prize purse of US$10,500 and receive six Official World Golf Ranking points. The top six players and ties will also earn points based on a sliding scale.
The ADT was launched in 2010 with five tournaments before growing to eight in 2011 and 13 in 2012. This week’s final event will be the 16th leg of the season.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
For more information on OB Golf Events, please visit www.obgolf.co.id.
Leading second round scores:
134 – George GANDRANATA (INA) 66-68
135 – Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA) 69-66
138 – Mitsuhiko HASHIZUME (JPN) 68-70, Jack MUNRO (AUS) 68-70
139 – CHAN Shih-chang (TPE) 71-68
141 – Grant JACKSON (ENG) 69-72, Rory HIE (INA) 70-71
142 – Maan NASIM (INA) 71-71
143 – Jake STIRLING  (AUS) 72-71, Jordan IRAWAN (A) (INA) 72-71, James BOWEN (USA) 75-68
144 – Anthony KANG (USA) 73-71, Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) 73-71, Denny A. WIJAYA (INA) 73-71, Masaru TAKAHASHI (JPN) 75-69, William SJAICHUDIN (INA) 75-69
SELECTED SCORES:
149 – Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN) 77-72
152 – Iain STEEL (MAS) 75-77
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About Linc Group
Established in 2001, Linc Group, is driven by a group of outstanding experts with decades of experiences. Today, the business has grown to become a conglomerate offering a suite of Supply Chain solutions that include Shipping, Freight Forwarding and Custom Brokerage, Distribution, Distribution Center and Inventory Management, Liquid Bulk Storage Tank, Supply Chain IT Solutions as well as Comprehensive Supply Chain Training and Education Center. Through the years, the company’s growth was driven by its customers’ unique characteristics and needs. By analyzing and understanding companies of varying sizes and complexities, Linc Group is able to expand and develop its competencies to deliver powerful and effective solutions. They continuously learn from their customer's best practices to deliver the right solutions to meet their customer's growth objectives.
About OB Golf Events
OB Golf Events is a subsidiary of OB Golf & Lifestyle Magazine which is Indonesia’s leading English Golf Magazine. Serving the corporate market with unique and memorable corporate tournaments for over 10 years, OB Golf Events has been behind many success international and domestic golf tournaments in Indonesia. Reaching over 30,000 golfers nationwide, OB Golf serves anyone interested in golf with all their golfing needs.
About the Asian Development Tour
The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Web.com Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading three players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points.