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Volunteer Training A Success

Seventy volunteers of the Fijian International participated in a training programme at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course during the qualifying rounds for the PGA of Australia-sanctioned event at the start
14 Aug 2015 11:11
Volunteer Training A Success

Seventy volunteers of the Fijian International participated in a training programme at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course during the qualifying rounds for the PGA of Australia-sanctioned event at the start of this month.

The volunteers stemmed from surrounding areas in Nadi, Suva and a number of Sanasana villagers.

Training included listening to a description of what the various volunteer roles involved followed by an interactive practice of the role they had been assigned to.

“The qualifying round for the Fijian International proved to be the perfect opportunity for these volunteers to get first hand experience of how to implement their roles in a tournament environment” said Norm Emerson who is heading up the volunteer training and implementation for the Fijian International.

“Practicing theory is much harder than practicing the real thing especially with many of the volunteers being new to the game of golf.

It was a lot of fun trying to explain the intricacies of golf to people who know very little about the game.

Once they understood the difference between a tee, a fairway and a green however, things were much easier and it was also very rewarding to share this knowledge with the local market in Fiji.”

The Fijian International is seeking volunteers in a variety of roles, namely walking scorers, mobile and hole marshaling, cart drivers and leader board operators. A choice of job is still available for volunteers to sign up for including drivers for the television cameramen. This position however, requires a valid drivers license. Volunteers for this position are encouraged to contact Norm Emerson for more information on nlemerson@ozemail.com.au.

Volunteers of the Fijian International will not only gain experience of working in a world-class international professional golf tournament but also receive tournament apparel during the weeklong event.

Being a part of the Fijian International volunteer’s team is an experience not to missed and a rare opportunity to get behind the scenes access to the nation’s biggest sporting event.

The Fijian International is still accepting volunteer applications until the end of August 2015.

 

Young guns set to shine in Fiji

Some of Australia’s brightest young golfing talents are set to shine when they head to Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course for the Fijian International.

Headlining the young guns jetting to Fiji is Dimitrios Papadatos from New South Wales. The 24 year old has been competing on the PGA Tour of Australasia since 2013 where he made a name for himself finishing third at the Perth International which included the best golfers in Europe.

He quickly replicated this form at the start of 2014 when he won his first professional title at the New Zealand Open. So far this year Papadatos’ best finish has been tied 6th at the Victorian Open.

Also flying in from New South Wales is Adam Stephens who has already experienced winning a golf tournament in the South Pacific. Last year the 27-year-old dominated the South Pacific Open in New Caledonia, he lead from the second round and sealed his first win by a huge five shots.

While Stephens and Papadatos have each already broken through for their first victories in what are sure to be long careers their fellow rising stars Tom Bond from South Australia and Anthony Houston from Victoria head to the Fijian International hopeful of breaking through and establishing themselves as champions on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

Both have been close to winning, Houston with three top-10 finishes on Tour in 2014 while Bond finished runner-up at the Queensland Open.

The Fijian International is co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and OneAsia and will be played for a minimum prize purse of AU$1 million.

 



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