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Top 4 Locals For Fiji International

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From left: Tomasi Tuivuna, Sam Lee, Abid Hussain, Zoheer Ahmad and Apenisa Koroicure at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club on June 18, 2017. Photo: Fiji PGA
June 19
10:00 2017

Local professional golfer Zoheer Ahmad will make his debut at the Fiji International at Natadola Bay Championship Golf course in August.

The 34-year-old is among the four golfers who made the cut after the Fiji International local qualifying event at the Denarau Golf & Racquet Club yesterday.

The other three are Nadi businessman Abid Hussain who shot a total of 142 (69, 73), Apenisa Koroicure (71, 73) and Tomasi Tuivuna (74, 70) Ahmad scored (75, 69).

Golfers found the second day of competition tough over the front nine with overnight leader Hussain shooting three over par 69 and Koroicure firing two over par. The move was coming from Tuivuna (-2) and Laucala Island’s Amitesh Chandra’s shot (-4).

Over the closing nine holes a few players came into contention with Denarau professional Bill Sugutaraga hanging on but a double bogey on the 18th hole sunk his hopes.

Ahmad fired a back nine (-3) to go with his front nine of even to book his place, Tuivuna an even par back nine to shoot 70 and secure a berth.

Chandra who finished with a 69 and with Hussain shooting 73 which he needed Koroicure to bogey the last to have a chance of a playoff. However as Koroicure rolled in his par putt, Chandra’s chances were shattered.

“The two days was tough as I shot 75 on day one and 69 in the final day with good putt in the last three holes,” Ahmad said.

The Fiji Airways worker was introduced to the sport when he was 12 years old and turned pro three years ago.

He made his debut for Fiji in the 2007 Pacific Games in Samoa, 2009 Nomura Cup in Korea and the Asian Amateur Championship in China.

The four players will join another Fijian professional Sam Lee who had secured his start as the leading finisher at the Fiji Open last month.

Fiji PGA president David Roche thanked club manager Tony Treeve and maintenance manager Ryan Markwell for the great course condition.

“The length of the Denarau layout certainly challenged the players,” he said.

Roche added all the players would now be preparing themselves to take on the best as the event scheduled for August 17-20.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua




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