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Naisara is top volunteer

JYOTI PRATIBHA nADI Ufemia Naisara is the Fiji International winner of the Volunteer Early Bird Registration competition. Naisara has chosen to take the spot in the Fiji International Pro-Am, which
19 Jul 2014 11:28

Heading for Fiji ... Matthew Griffin of Australia (left), and India’s Number One, Anirban Lahiri.

JYOTI PRATIBHA
nADI

Ufemia Naisara is the Fiji International winner of the Volunteer Early Bird Registration competition.
Naisara has chosen to take the spot in the Fiji International Pro-Am, which is the pre-tournament one day competition where amateur golfers play alongside professionals.
Naisara is a keen golfer having played golf at a young age.
Upon acceptance of the prize, Naisara said, “I am a member at the Fiji Golf Club with a handicap of 11. I’ve never played at Natadola but I look forward to playing in the Fiji International.”
Congratulations Ufemia, we look forward to seeing you at Natadola.

Did you know?
Fiji’s biggest ever sporting event, the Fiji International golf tournament will be televised live over four days to more than 30 countries around the world including the United States, Australia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. If you can’t attend the tournament, you can watch the tournament live on FBC TV and Fiji TV.

Get to know the players

Name: Matthew Griffin (Australia)
Date of birth: July 26, 1983
Career victories: 2014 KPGA Championship (Korea), 2014 Oates Victorian Open, 2011 South Pacific Golf Open Championship (PGA Tour of Australasia), 2013 SK Telecom Open, 2012 The Charity High 1 Open (OneAsia)
Biography: Born and raised on Melbourne’s famous golfing sandbelt, Matt is one of the most exciting talents in Australian golf. With victories on his home Tour in Australia as well as this week’s co-sanctioning partner, OneAsia, Matt has made a name for himself very quickly in his short Professional career to date. As an amateur, Matt represented Australia at the Eisenhower Cup.
Form guide: Having won the 2009 Fiji Open, Matt is one of very few players to say they have played and won at Natadola Bay. Matt says Natadola is one of his favourite golf courses the world over – and knows his way around the course better than most. Having recently won the US$1 million Korean PGA Championship, Matt is in form heading back to Fiji.
What he says about Fiji: “Getting that win in Fiji gave me the confidence that I could and I have been fortunate to keep doing it.
Having had a number of wins I know if I’m in the mix then I can give myself a chance to win the Fiji International.”

Name: Anirban Lahiri (India)
Date of birth: June 29, 1987
Career victories: Seven professional titles internationally including four Asian Tour victories, his latest at the Indonesian Masters in April 2014.
Biography: India’s highest ranked player, Anirban has made a name for himself in world golf since turning professional in 2007. He picked up his first victory in 2011 at the Panasonic Open and since this time has performed consistently on the Asian Tour. Anirban’s big break came at the 2012 Open Championship where made it a most memorable first Major, making the cut and scoring a hole-in-one on the 9th hole en route to a T31 finish.
Form guide: Breaking into the world top 100 for the first time in March 2014, Anirban is an in-form player heading into the Fiji International. Having won in Indonesia in April, Anirban achieved four top 10 finished from his first six Asian Tour events in 2014.
What he says about Fiji: “I enjoy competing in different places around the world so I am pleased to add the Fiji International to my schedule…Fiji is a beautiful holiday destination but I will be focused on claiming the title.”

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