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Professionals Can’t Wait: Nitties

Australian golfer eager to tee-off at Natadola Bay Championship Golf course With the Fijian International just around the corner, players are now starting to focus their attention on the $1.125
02 Oct 2015 10:48
Professionals Can’t Wait: Nitties
Australian golf professional James Nitties will play in this month’s Fijian International at Natadola. Photo: Fijian International

Australian golfer eager to tee-off at Natadola Bay Championship Golf course
With the Fijian International just around the corner, players are now starting to focus their attention on the $1.125 million tournament.
For its second staging, the Fijian International will reap the rewards of a quiet period in the international golf schedule.
With the PGA TOUR and Web.com Tour both having wrapped up their 2015 seasons and the European Tour and Challenge Tour drawing to a close, plenty of leading players are jetting to the Fijian International.
One such player is James Nitties of Australia who competes fulltime on the Web.com Tour.
“I have heard it’s an amazing course, an amazing resort and just a great tournament,” he said.
“I couldn’t tell you what it’s going to be like, but I am looking forward to going over there and playing.
“I know that a lot of good Web.com players are coming back to play it and a lot of other good Australian golfers who have been playing around the world are coming to play.”
Nitties will be joined at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course by fellow Web.com Tour players Rhein Gibson, Aron Price, Alistair Presnell, Bryden Macpherson, Nick Flanagan and Bronson La’Cassie.
But Nitties was most impressed when he learned that Fijian Vijay Singh and Matt Kuchar would also be competing.
“That’s incredible,” he said.
“I didn’t even know that those two guys were playing,” said Nitties when he was made aware of the superstars in the field.
“To have a Major winner and a staple guy in the Top 20 in the world playing is going to boost everything around the tournament.
“I think guys like Singh and Kuchar are going to attract better players to come every year.
“The top players in the world will be like, ‘hey honey, let’s go play Fiji and have a bit of a holiday.”
Seeing the long-term vision of the Fijian International, Nitties is happy to be playing in the tournament’s second year.
“It’s a great tournament and an awesome golf course.
“It’s just a different part of the world.
“I feel like one day it could be something really special.
“It could become a good staple event on the Tour.
“Soon we might see Adam Scott and the regulars who play the Australian Open and Australian Masters and Australian PGA, start playing in Fiji and rearrange their schedule a bit to make it a priority.
“I think it’s kind of a treat to be able to play it now in its second year.
“To get a feel for the tournament, the country and the style of the golf course and be able to have that advantage when it’s doing even bigger and better things as a tournament in a couple of years.”
The Fijian International will be played at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course on October 15-18.
To see players like James Nitties, Vijay Singh and Matt Kuchar in action, buy your tickets from a selected TOTAL Service Station near you.
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