Friday, 1 April 2016

Gandranata captures maiden Tour title in Langkawi in Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM)

Gandranata captures maiden Tour title in Langkawi in Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM)

Gandranata captures maiden Tour title in Langkawi in Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM)

Gandranata captures maiden Tour title in Langkawi in Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM)

Gandranata captures maiden Tour title in Langkawi

George Gandranata picked up his first Professional Golf of Malaysia (PGM) title when he won the LADA Langkawi Championship at Gunung Raya Golf Resort in Langkawi, Kedah today.
The 30-year-old Indonesian shot a fourth and final round one-under 70 for a 14-under 270 total. That effort gave the maiden Tour winner a two-stroke margin over Danny Chia. The top-ranked Malaysian finished with a 69 that left him as the only player in the field to shoot all four rounds in the 60s and climb from his overnight third place to second.
Gandranata, who was one shot off the pace on the first day and then moved into a share of the lead in the second round, came into the final day at Gunung Raya with a one-shot cushion.
He got off to a terrible start as he double-bogeyed the second hole after a par on the first. But the seven on the par-5 2nd hole did not deter him and he birdied the very next hole, walking away with a three on the par-4 3rd hole.
Another birdie at the 5th and a bogey on the 9th meant that the Indonesian was one-over after the first nine.
But three more birdies – at the 10th, 14th and 17th holes – ensured that he went home with the trophy and winner’s cheque of RM35,000 despite a bogey at the last hole.
Chia did well to play the first 11 holes at four-under, but then he gave back two strokes with bogeys at the 12th and tough par-4 18th holes.
Australian Jordan Sherratt had a 67 and first round leader Malcolm Kokocinski stumbled to a 73 to finish joint third on 10-under 274 in a tournament that was co-sanctioned with the Asian Development Tour and carried world-ranking points.
American John Michael O'Toole, who won the PGM Clearwater Masters two weeks ago, had the low round of 4th day – a six-under 65 that propelled him from overnight 23rd into a tie for fifth place. He finished on nine-under 275, alongside Korean Chan-Woo Kim, who also showed good form on the last day with a 66.
Another stroke adrift was Malaysia’s Ben Leong, American John Jackson, Scotsman James Byrne and Thai teenager Ekthumrong Luanganuruk. The quartet finished with matching eight-under 276 totals.


Leading Fourth Round Scores
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 (US) 70-70-70-65, Chan-Woo Kim (Kor) 67-70-72-66
276 Ben Leong (Mas) 67-72-68-69, John Jackson (US) 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

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