ADT: Gandranata takes first round lead in Jakarta

Wed 08 Jan 2014

ADT: Gandranata takes first round lead in Jakarta

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Jakarta, January 8: Local talent George Gandranata set the stage alight when he shot an opening five-under-par 66 to lead the inaugural Linc Group Jakarta Invitational on Wednesday.
Gandranata fired a flawless round highlighted by five birdies for a two-shot advantage over Japanese Mitsuhiko Hashizume and Australian Jack Munro, who signed for matching 68s to tie on second place 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, shot a 69 to share fourth place with Thailand Pavit Tangkamolprasert at the US$60,000 Asian Development Tour (ADT) event, which is the season finale for the 2013 ADT schedule.
Local hopefuls Rory Hie, Andik Mauludin and IIyasyak were a further shot back to share sixth place with Man O Im of the United States, who fired a magical hole-in-one on the par-three sixth hole.
Gandranata, a regular on the ADT since turning professional in 2012, credited his growing experience for helping him shoot into the lead. “I managed to hit a lot of greens. The course is quite long for me and it can be quite tough to make good judgements out there but I am glad I got help from a senior caddy. I’m sticking to the same plan for the next three days. Hopefully I can score as well,” said the 27-year-old who is aiming for a maiden win on the ADT.
“Playing on the ADT has really helped my game. It has given me a lot of experience playing with the professionals out here. I think I will still play on the ADT even if I earn my Asian Tour card through the Qualifying School next month. The competition is really good here and it gives you the opportunity to hone your game,” added Gandranata.
Hashizume hopes to end his 2013 season on a high note as he sets his eyes on a second win on the ADT. “It was a lucky day for me as I made a lot of long putts. I haven’t been playing well after winning on the ADT last year but I am starting to pick up on my game again. Hopefully I can shoot a lower score tomorrow,” said the Japanese, who claimed his maiden win in Malaysia.
Munro kept his hopes high for a maiden win on the ADT as he got off to a good start. “I hit the ball good. I think the course suits my game a lot. It’s long and the greens are softer, maybe because of the rain earlier. Hopefully I can hole more putts tomorrow and make it to the weekend rounds,” said the 26-year-old Australian.
Jackson needs nothing less than a victory at the Jababeka course to stand a chance of overhauling fourth placed Lindsay Renolds of Canada and earn his Asian Tour card.
“The course is really long. The rain delay didn’t help but overall, I’m pleased with my round. I tried not to put pressure on myself. I think it’s all parts and parcel of the game. I’ve been in this position before so I just want to do my best and we will how it goes,” said Jackson, who is currently fifth on the ADT Order of Merit.
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.
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Leading first round scores:
66 - George GANDRANATA (INA)
68 – Mitsuhiko HASHIZUME (JPN), Jack MUNRO (AUS)
69 – Grant JACKSON (ENG), Pavit TANGKAMOLPRASERT (THA)
70 – Rory HIE (INA), Andil MAULUDIN (INA), Man O IM (USA), IIyasyak (INA)
71 – CHAN Shih-chang (TWN), Maan NASIM (INA)
72 – Jordan IRAWAN (A) (INA), Jake STIRLING (AUS), Ian ANDREW (INA), Chris CAREY (AUS), Junaidi IBRAHIM (INA), SIM Min Sub (A) (INA)
SELECTED SCORES:
75 – Iain STEEL (MAS), James BOWEN (USA)
77 – Lindsay RENOLDS (CAN)
Ends.
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.