ADT: Gandranata savours record win

Sat 26 Mar 2016

ADT: Gandranata savours record win

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Langkawi, Malaysia, March 26: Overnight leader George Gandranata closed with a one-under-par 70 to become the first player from Indonesia to win on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) at the PGM LADA Langkawi Championship on Saturday.
The 30-year-old Indonesian, who held a one-shot advantage heading into the round, stumbled with a double-bogey on second but fought back with five birdies against two bogeys to triumph by two shots with a winning total of 14-under-par 270 at the Gunung Raya Golf Resorts.
Malaysia’s Danny Chia came in second after carding a 69 while Australian Jordan Sherratt and Malcolm Kokocinski of Sweden shared third on 274 following rounds of 67 and 73 respectively at the RM200,000 (approximately US$46,600) event.
American John Michael O’Toole returned with the day’s best score of 65 to finish five shots back in fifth place with Korea’s Chan-woo Kim, who posted a 66. Current Order of Merit leader Itthipat Buranatanyarat of Thailand signed for a disappointing 76 to slip to tied-19th on 281.
“It was really special. The win means a lot to me. To win my first international title on my birthday week makes it even more special. I am overwhelmed with joy,” said Gandranata, who celebrated his 30th birthday on Tuesday.
“I got off to a rough start. I hit a bad approach shot on second which resulted in a lost ball and a double-bogey but I told myself to keep calm as there are still a lot of birdie opportunities. I hit a lot of greens today and I made a couple of good par saves. I convinced myself that I can make the putts as I have been playing well all week,” Gandranata added.
Gandranata, who took home a winner’s prize cheque of US$8,693, moved up to sixth place on the Order of Merit and received six Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) courtesy of his win.
The PGM LADA Langkawi Championship, jointly sanctioned with the Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) Tour, is the seventh leg of the 2016 ADT season and also the Tour’s sixth stop in Malaysia this season.
The ADT will continue to reward the top-five finishers on the Order of Merit at the end of this season with Asian Tour cards for 2017.
For more information on the ADT, please visit www.asiandevelopmenttour.com.
Ends.
Leading final round results:
270 - George GANDRANATA (INA) 65 68 67 70
272 - Danny CHIA (MAS) 67 68 68 69
274 - Jordan SHERRATT (AUS) 67 69 71 67, Malcolm KOKOCINSKI (SWE) 64 69 68 73
275 - John Michael O'TOOLE (USA) 70 70 70 65, Chan-woo KIM (KOR) 67 70 72 66
276 - Ben LEONG (MAS) 67 72 68 69, John JACKSON (USA) 70 66 70 70, James BYRNE (SCO) 66 68 70 72, Ekthumrong LUANGANURUK (THA) 67 73 63 73
277 - Nattawat SUVANAJANAKORN (THA) 70 69 71 67, Johnson POH (SIN) 69 70 68 70, Nicholas FUNG (MAS) 67 71 66 73
278 - Taichi NABETANI (JPN) 72 69 70 67
279 - Yuichiro NISHI (JPN) 70 70 68 71
280 - Danny MASRIN (INA) 70 71 68 71, Kevin MARQUES (AUS) 69 68 72 71, Mathiam KEYSER (RSA) 67 71 68 74
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 five 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.