George Gandranata is prepared to take up the challenge to become Indonesia’s first Asian Development Tour (ADT) champion at the inaugural Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament which starts on Thursday.
Gandranata, a four-time winner on the local circuit this year, has been playing and sharpening his game on the ADT since 2012, and he believes he has the game to win the US$100,000 event staged at the BSD course by Damai Indah Golf.
The unassuming Gandranata will be joined by a talented cast which includes Jay Bayron of the Philippines, the 2012 ADT Order of Merit winner, Niall Turner of Ireland, James Bowen of the United States and Grant Jackson of England.
Pavit Tangkamolprasert of Thailand, who won his second ADT title in Malaysia last week, Brett Munson of the United States, Quincy Quek of Singapore and Japan’s Mitsuhiko Hashizume of Japan will also feature in the event.
The 28-year-old Gandranata was delighted to welcome a new ADT event on home soil as it will give the local golfers the opportunity to play against some of the leading talents in the region.
“The new ADT tournament is a great addition for us. The more ADT events we have, the more exposure we will get towards international competition which in turn will make the local players, better and better,” explained Gandranata.
“Also, a new event will create incentive for other sponsors that have not yet contributed to golf in Indonesia to someday, hopefully, sponsor more events in Indonesia.”
After tasting success on the local front, Gandranata is dreaming of winning his biggest career victory at the Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament, which is the second ADT event to be staged in Indonesia this year.
“Winning is a process. Everybody wants to win and I feel like my game is in the right place. It’s just a matter of putting it together for four rounds,” he said.
Starting this season, the ADT will reward the top five players on the final Order of Merit with playing rights for the 2015 Asian Tour season.
This is a significant boost for aspiring professionals on the ADT as it is the highest number of Asian Tour cards up for grabs since the burgeoning Tour was inaugurated as a gateway to the Asian Tour in 2010. Only the top three players on the final ADT Order of Merit for each season obtained their Asian Tour cards in the past.