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Jakarta Post

16-year-old Indonesian golfer Kentaro wins 2019 Junior World

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 25, 2019   /   09:12 am
16-year-old Indonesian golfer Kentaro wins 2019 Junior World Indonesian golfer Kentaro Nanayama. (ATI Ciputra Golfpreneur World Junior 2019/ATI Ciputra Golfpreneur World Junior 2019)

Youngster Kentaro Nanayama has finished as a winner of the boys individual category at the 2019 Ciputra Golfpreneur Junior World presented by AKI (ATI-CGJW), held at Pantai Indah Kapuk golf course from May 21 to 23.

Kentaro, who won the Bogor Junior Championship in January, shot 72 to end the final round, with a total score of 10-under-par 206 to win the title. It is the second title for the 16-year-old on the Junior Golf Tour Asia (JGTA) tournament calendar.

On the last day, Kentaro struggled to maintain consistency but was kept well ahead by his strong play in the two previous rounds. He finished the closing round with six birdies, four bogeys and a double-bogey.

The Indonesian teenager defeated South Africans Sean Lee and Kieron Carl Van Wyck, who finished tied second with total scores of 2-under-par 214.

“I had initially set my eyes on the prize but I didn’t expect to win this big,” he said in a statement. “I am happy with this result as I plan to go to the United States to participate in a summer golf event. I hope I can maintain my momentum here to get the best result there.”

The win marks the first victory by an Indonesian golfer at the tournament in seven years. Joshua Andrew Wirawan won the same title back in 2012.

Meanwhile, Thai Phannarai Meesom-us won the girl’s individual after finishing the final round with 1-under-par.

Thailand also came out on top in both the boys and girls team categories. The Indonesian boys team, represented by Kentaro and Rayhan Abdul Latief, finished second. (rdi)