ATI Ciputra Golfpreneur Junior World 2019 presented by AKI

The JGTA’s 2018-2019 season has officially come to an end with the completion of the ATI Ciputra Golfpreneur Junior World 2019 presented by AKI, which took place this week at Damai Indah Golf’s PIK course, located in Jakarta, Indonesia.

JGTA Bogor Junior Championship winner and Jakarta local Kentaro Nanayama (2021) dusted the field in the final round, finishing with scores of 67-67-72, for a tournament total of 10-under-par 206, the best tournament total score in JGTA history. Nanayama calls Damai Indah Golf’s PIK course his home and shooting a score of 67 (twice) is his course record. This win for Nanayama means much more than you can imagine. With this win, he finished in the top-5 on the Junior Order of Merit, punching his ticket with Fully Exempt AJGA PBE Status to play on the AJGA circuit for the next two years. In addition, with his win, Nanayama has received an exemption into the Asian Development Tour’s Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament presented by Panasonic, taking place in August at Damai Indah Golf’s BSD Course.

 “I feel really excited for my summer, especially being able to play all of the AJGA events that I want to play, and obviously it means a lot to make a statement here in my home country”, said Nanayama.

Coming in a tie for second behind Nanayama in the Boy’s Overall Division is Kieron Carl Van Wyk (2020) of Johannesburg, South Africa and Sean Lee (2021) of Singapore. Both players finished at 2-under-par for the tournament.

Hong Kong Junior Classic at Clearwater Bay champion Pongsapak Laopakdee (2023) of Rayong, Thailand finished in second place in the JGTA Division – earning him the title of JGTA Boys Player of the Year and JGTA Junior Order of Merit Champion. Laopakdee completed the season with two runner-up finishes and a win under his belt.

In the Girls Overall Division, defending champion Phannarai Meesom-Us (2022) of Chonburi, Thailand has gone back to back to win this year’s tournament. Meesom-Us shot a final round score of 1-under-par 71 to

2018 JGTA Phuket Junior Open champion Natachanok Tunwannarux (2023) of Bangkok, Thailand is crowned champion once again, taking home the JGTA Girl’s Division. Tunwannarux shot 77-72-73 to finish with a tournament total of 6-over-par 222. Last summer, Tunwannarux became an AJGA champion, winning the Foley Performance Academy @ EaglesDream Junior All-Star.

 “I wanted to thank CJ, Katie, and all of the JGTA Staff for making this event possible. It is a really great opportunity for me and all of Asia’s Players to be able to go to the U.S. and play AJGA’s with Status”, said Tunwannarux

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About the ATI Ciputra Golfpreneur Junior World 2019 presented by AKI
Set to take place May 21 – 23, the ATI Ciputra Golfpreneur Junior World 2019 presented by AKI will be the final stop of the JGTA’s 2018-2019 season. The host venue of the event Damai Indah Golf’s, Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK) course, located in Jakarta, Indonesia.

About Damai Indah Golf’s Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK) Course
The Pantai Indah Kapuk (PIK) course also known as “The Spirit of the Sea” is one of two pristine Damai Indah Golf Courses and was designed by world-renowned golf course designer Robert Trent Jones Jr. The course is ranked 11th in Indonesia and has hosted the Asian PGA Tour’s Indonesia President Invitational and the European Tour’s Enjoy Jakarta Astro Indonesia Open.

About the Junior Golf Tour of Asia
The Junior Golf Tour of Asia (JGTA) is the governing body for competitive junior golf tournaments in the Asia-Pacific for young golfers to hone their skills at the highest level, developing into successful Collegiate athletes and future champions of the game. Members of the JGTA compete alongside other top-ranked players from across the region, who share similar competitive standings and aspirations for greatness.

JGTA tournaments are ranked on the JGTA Junior Order of Merit, the Tour’s official ranking system, and the source for AJGA PBE Status in the Asia-Pacific. Players earn Merit Points from their performance in JGTA events to improve their standing on the Junior Order of Merit. Following the end of each JGTA season (approx. June 1st), the top-performers (60 players total) are awarded AJGA PBE Status according to their final standing on the Junior Order Of Merit.

The JGTA strictly adheres to the competitive entry principles of its partners and the highest standards of performance based entry, to ensure the most competitive tournament fields at all times.

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