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Volunteers Ready To Swing Into Action

Melbourne based-golfer Jannie Hocking considers herself fortunate, to be again part of the Fiji International at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course. She is among the 30 volunteers from Australia
05 Oct 2016 11:22
Volunteers Ready To Swing Into Action
Australian Jennie Hocking (red) with FNU volunteers at the Natadola Bay Championship golf course yesterday. Photo: WAISEA NASOKIA

Melbourne based-golfer Jannie Hocking considers herself fortunate, to be again part of the Fiji International at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course.

She is among the 30 volunteers from Australia and New Zealand that are working behind the scenes with the walking scorers.

“We came into the country on Sunday and we are here to help train the new walkers and scorers,” said Hocking who has been part of the event since it started.

She said their work goes undetected in order to keep the progressing of the game synchronised well with the results.

“This is very important. We need to explain to them the game of golf and what they need to do. There are 44 groups of golfers and each of them needs a scorer so we are co-ordinating with those 44 scorers, then we send the scores to the media centre and the television as well.

“We also have to give statistics as well if they are on the fairway or not or how many putters the players have.”

Hocking has been a member of Huntingdale club in South Oakleigh, Melbourne,  Australia for the past 10 years.

“It is good fun and we encourage local people to be more involved.”

Fiji National University (FNU) student Arishma Kumari, 18, is also learning more about the sport.

“I’m excited and it’s great to get some experience on golf and hope to learn more things later on,” the first year Bachelor of Hospitality and Hotel Management student said.

Tournament chief marshall Norm Emerson said for this year they have attracted 150 volunteers to be part of the Fiji International which tees off at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course tomorrow.

Emerson added 60 students from FNU are part of the event this year.

“It was a great success last year because we had a good lot and we enjoyed educating them, it was a lot of fun.”

The event tees off tomorrow and ends on Sunday.



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