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Singh heads strong Fijian field

Vijay Singh will once again headline the Fijian International which will feature more Fijian players this year. Confirming this week that he will be heading home, Singh, a three time
30 Sep 2015 09:02
Singh heads strong Fijian field
Vijay Singh’s brother, Krishna will also compete in next month’s Fijian International.

Vijay Singh will once again headline the Fijian International which will feature more Fijian players this year.
Confirming this week that he will be heading home, Singh, a three time Major Championship winner, is looking forward to playing a Professional tournament on Fijian soil.
“I am pleased to be returning home to play in the Fijian International which is building the profile of the sport that I love in the country that I love,” Singh said.
Hosting a Professional golf tournament is the first step towards growing golf in Fiji, but the Fijian International is aiming to provide a lasting year-long legacy of golf in the country.
The week of the tournament allows everyone to come to the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course and give golf a try while also getting some tips from Professionals.
The PGA has been working successfully with local schools to introduce golf as part of the school curriculum. The popularity of golf is already starting to grow and as a reflection on the depth of golfing talent already in Fiji, the Fijian International will this year see more local players teeing it up than in the inaugural staging of the tournament.
Joining Singh in the field will be his brother Krishna, who has also carved a successful career competing on the pro-am circuit in Australia.
Dinesh Chand who has won three titles on the Japan Golf Tour and two on the Japan Challenge Tour will also be competing in the Fijian International for a second year.
Sam Lee, 25, will be competing in the tournament as a Professional for the first time. He turned Professional at the start of the year after earning his playing rights for the PGA Tour of Australasia.
Also securing a place in the field via local qualifying is Anasa Seruvatu, who first became involved in golf as a caddy at the Fiji Golf Club in Suva.
However, his talent for hitting the golf ball soon overcame that of carrying a bag and he quickly rose through the amateur ranks to be one of Fiji’s leading Professionals.
Teaching Professional Bill Suguturaga from Denarau will show his students that he has what it takes to compete against some of the world’s best after earning his place via local qualifying.
The final Fijian in the field is Tomasi Tuivana. One to watch during the Fijian International, Tuivana earned his place by finishing the leading Fijian at the Fiji Open.
These inclusions take the tally of local players competing in the AU$1.125million tournament up to seven which is a 75 per cent increase on last year when only four Fijians teed it up.
While there will be plenty of local talents for Fijian sports fans to watch, Singh is sure to be the most popular to take out the title.
Singh finished tied 10th at the Fijian International last year which is also played on the golf course that he designed.
In 2015, it is clear that Singh is returning home with one goal and that is to win the Fijian International.
“I enjoyed my time competing in the inaugural tournament, and this year I am motivated to try and win,” he said.
Make sure you are at the Fijian International to support your fellow Fijians as they take on the best players in the world.
Buy your Fijian International tickets from a selected TOTAL Service Station before the tournament or at the gates for $5 for Thursday and Friday or $10 for Saturday and Sunday.
The Fijian International will be played at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course from October 15-18.
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