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Players To Watch At the Fiji Open

The Fiji Open tees off today with the tournament having attracted players from Fiji, Australia and New Zealand. With places into the Fiji International up for grabs a strong field
16 Jun 2016 16:12
Players To Watch At the Fiji Open
Aussie Andrew Campbell and Krishna Singh during the Starwood Classics at Denarau yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

The Fiji Open tees off today with the tournament having attracted players from Fiji, Australia and New Zealand.

With places into the Fiji International up for grabs a strong field has assembled to contest the title.

The winner of the Fiji Open as well as the next highest placed Fijian will earn a start in the Fiji International to be played at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course.

The Fiji Open winner is going to be decided on Saturday, June 18. Here are five players we are expecting to play well at the Fiji Open:

Andrew Campbell: A young player from New South Wales in Australia, Andrew is competing for just his second year as a Professional. He comes into the Fiji Open in good form having impressed everyone on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia at the Western Australian Open. He co-lead after the first round before going on to finish in the top-15.

Sam Lee: One of the best young Fijian players coming through the Pro ranks, Sam Lee is definitely a player to be watching at the Fiji Open. He has competed on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and the experience of playing against some of the world’s best will stand him in good stead this week. He comes into the Fiji Open in good form having recently finished third at the QANTAS Golf Club Teams Challenge on his home course; Natadola Bay Championship Golf Club.

Gareth Paddison: One of the accomplished players in the Fiji Open field, Gareth Paddison is a five time champion on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia and also a European Challenge Tour winner. The left-handed Professional from New Zealand will shine on the Denarau Golf Club and we are expecting some good scores from him.

Krishna Singh: In Fijian golf there is no more famous name than Singh. This week Krishna Singh, brother of Major Champion Vijay, will be in action supporting golf in his home country. A regular on the E-Z-GO PGA Legends Tour, Krishna is used to performing under pressure which will set him in good stead at the Fiji Open.

Nick Gillespie: One of New Zealand’s rising stars Nick Gillespie has become a season performer on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia. On his home Tour, Nick started to round into some form with a top-20 finish at the Western Australian Open. With the ability to produce low scores, Nick is a player we expect to see in contention come the final round of the Fiji Open.

Tournament organisers are extremely impressed with the quality of professionals assembled to contest the Fiji Open with the places in the Fiji International a strong draw card.

In future year’s there is an aim that the Fiji Open will grow even bigger and become an official tournament on the PGA of Australia pro-am schedule.

In addition to the strong number of Professionals competing in the Fiji Open there are also 64 ladies and men competing as amateurs which demonstrates the strength of golfers residing in Fiji.

As the Fiji International continues to grow and provide opportunities to also grow the game of golf in Fiji, it is hoped more people of Fiji will take up the game and see more players competing in the Fiji Open.

The PGA of Australia and Sports and Entertainment Limited, organisers of the Fiji International, wish all competitors at the Fiji Open the best of luck.

Source: Fiji International

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