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Golf major for 2008 tees off at the Pearl

Written By : ilaisa labaibure. The Vodafone 2008 tees off at 9am today at the Pacific Harbour Pearl’s 18 holes Championship course with a capacity field of 120 golfers. The
12 Jun 2008 12:00

image Written By : ilaisa labaibure. The Vodafone 2008 tees off at 9am today at the Pacific Harbour Pearl’s 18 holes Championship course with a capacity field of 120 golfers. The course is in immaculate condition in readiness for the major four days of top golfing action.
Leading the charge for the top professional prizemoney is the recently crowned and dual champion of the Denarau Open and the NZ Koru Pro-Am of Mike Hendry of New Zealand. Adding to the significance of this year’s Fiji Open, the winner qualifies automatically to compete at the Australian Open in Sydney towards the end of the year rubbing shoulders with the world’s top professional players.
On offer also this year is the inaugural perpetual Vodafone 2008 Great Silver Bowl which will be presented for the first time to the title holder.
Looking at the players’ profile, beginning with the professional lineup competing leading the charge is Mike Hendry the Denarau Open winner who carded six under par 138 gross over the 36 holes Denarau Open, Mike is certainly a strong starter to the championship and he is not alone in his quest to a third victory as many of the former open winners will be on his heels and of particular note Stuart Thompson and Tim Cameron both players was joint runner up in Denarau and off course the local pros led by “big hitting” Mukesh Chand a former winner of the open together with the Tuivuci siblings of the Fiji Golf Club.
The amateurs divisions strong tussle for the prestigious amateur title is expected to come from the Samoan players of the Fa’aliga current South Pacific Games gold medalist holders and local amateurs will be led by Sam Lee of Pacific Harbour who has put in a lot of practice hours on the course that demands strategic planning on every shot executed from delivering the first drive off the tee to the final putt on the green. The Pacific Harbour layout of curved fairways with large fairways and green side sand bunkers, lakes water and lateral hazard, thick forest and off course mother nature daily wind characteristics demands that careful planning on executing every shot from tee to green.
Members of the public and the golfing fraternity are welcome to participate as spectators free of charge to the four days of championship golf with facilities in place for special food and beverage prices, corporate firm’s marquees of goods and services and live coverage of the US Open beginning today. This column wish to extend warmest greetings to all participates and good fortune out there during the first three days and those that will make the cut to the final 18 holes on Monday.



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