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7-Way Tie-Up Waisea

The stage is set for an interesting showdown as Day Two of the inaugural Fiji International tees off at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course today. A quality field has
15 Aug 2014 16:45
7-Way  Tie-Up Waisea
Former Fijian 7s captain Kalione Nasoko during training with the Swire Shipping Fijian Drua for the February 18 Super Rugby Pacific opener against NSW Waratahs. Photo: Kev Nagle Photography

The stage is set for an interesting showdown as Day Two of the inaugural Fiji International tees off at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course today.

A quality field has assembled to contest the $1million total prize-money, starting from 6.35am.

In the mix is the impressive Rheina Gibson, who turned pro in 2009 and holds the Guinness world record for shooting the lowest ever round of 55.

As the curtain closed after a hectic first day, a seven-way tie was recorded as six Australian golfers Stephen Dartnall, Rhein Gibson, Jason Scrivener, Andrew Dodt, David McKenzie, Jake Higginbottom and Minghao Wang of China carded four under par 68.

Dartnall, who was the former world Number One amateur, said they were lucky to play in pleasant conditions with perfect weather.

“The speed of the greens and everything is fantastic,” Dartnall said.

“I played in these sorts of greens in Florida and I love them. I putted really well, but I missed a few and got it up and down. It wasn’t anything flashy out there. There are still 54 holes to go and the idea is just to stick to the game plan until Sunday and then see what happens.”

Dartnall said he came in on Tuesday night and was impressed with the course. “That was my first look at the course and its sensational,” the Perth native said.

The course record stands at 68 set by Jae Hyeok Lee of Korea during the 2011 Nomura Cup.

Meanwhile, for the first time golf action from Natadola was broadcast live on TV for global audiences yesterday. The Fiji International is beamed into 400 million homes in 30 countries and presented by an experienced team of commentators, including Jack Newton, Grant Dodd, Brendon Julian and Brett Ogle.



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