Mas­sive boost for re­gional ju­nior se­ries

The Star Malaysia - - Tee Up -

THE Ju­nior Golf Tour of Asia (JGTA) has en­tered into a part­ner­ship with the Pon­dok In­dah or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee for its flag­ship event, the 2018 Pon­dok In­dah In­ter­na­tional Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship.

The tour­na­ment will take place from Dec 18 to 20 at Pon­dok In­dah Golf Course in Jakarta, In­done­sia. It is a three-day, 54-hole stroke­play event, fea­tur­ing Asia’s top ju­nior golfers.

The Pon­dok In­dah In­ter­na­tional Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship was founded on the prin­ci­ple of serv­ing young peo­ple and gen­er­at­ing friend­ship among na­tions as well as pro­mot­ing the pop­u­lar­ity of the game of golf in the ju­nior ranks.

For three years run­ning, the com­mit­tee has hosted the In­done­sia Open on the Asian Tour. And while the course was built for ac­claimed in­ter­na­tional pros, it has be­come prom­i­nent for in­ter­na­tional am­a­teur and ju­nior events, most re­cently play­ing host to com­pe­ti­tions in the 2018 Asian Games.

Each year, the Pon­dok In­dah In­ter­na­tional Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship draws elite ju­nior golfers from all over the world. Last year, the boys and girls win­ners in the A Di­vi­sion in­cluded Jonathan Wi­jono of In­done­sia and Natasha An­drea Oon of Malaysia.

This year, for the first time the Pon­dok In­dah Cham­pi­onship will be held in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the JGTA, the sanc­tion­ing body in Asia for the Amer­i­can Ju­nior Golf As­so­ci­a­tion (AJGA) per­for­mance based en­try (PBE) sta­tus and rep­re­sents a se­ries of tour­na­ments through­out the re­gion. Play­ers can build their pro­file through the stand­ings in the JGTA Ju­nior Or­der of Merit, the of­fi­cial rank­ing ap­pa­ra­tus of the JGTA.

JGTA found­ing di­rec­tor Kyi Hla Han, who pre­vi­ously served as the Asian Tour chair­man, said: “I am ex­cited as a found­ing mem­ber of the JGTA to be col­lab­o­rat­ing with the Pon­dok In­dah In­ter­na­tional Ju­nior Tour­na­ment. Both our mis­sions are sim­i­lar in that we are cre­at­ing ca­reer path­ways for ju­nior play­ers in Asia to be­come world cham­pi­ons.”

Jakarta’s Pon­dok In­dah will host the an­nual event in De­cem­ber.

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