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Charity Golf Helps Lee Get More Game Time

Lee played alongside Speaker of the House, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, and Ajay Raniga.
21 Mar 2021 10:36
Charity Golf Helps Lee Get More Game Time
From left: Speaker of the House Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, McDonald’s managing director Marc McElrath and Sam Lee at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club on March 20, 2021. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

Professional golfer Sam Lee was at the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Fiji’s inaugural golf tournament at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club yesterday.

Lee played alongside Speaker of the House, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, and Ajay Raniga.

He said playing in the charity tournament has helped keep his golf standard up despite the closure of the border due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I haven’t been able to travel overseas for tournaments for over a year now,” Lee said.

“I had to figure out where I could improve on in order to compete well when international tournaments are back on.

“I didn’t really know this COVID-19 pandemic would go on this long. And I’m not sure how long it would go on.

“Hopefully, with the vaccine here, it won’t belong.”

Lee said for the past two years the standard of play among the professional golfers in the country has really gone up.

“Every Sunday, we have a group of golfers playing in what we call ‘Sunday International’. Since we’ve competition every weekend, professional golfers in the West have been playing very well.

“And for me to win a one-day event I’ve to play really well.

“Some of the pros I’ve to look out for are Zoheer Ahmad, who won the Denarau Open and events in Lautoka.

“Roneel Prakash, a school teacher, is playing really well.

“Suva’s Tomasi Tuivuna, and Amitesh Chandra. Barron Hussein, a rookie, and the son of number one amateur golfer Abid Hussein.

The charity golf is supported by McDonald’s and all funds raised will benefit RMHC Fiji.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Fiji’s Organisational leader Vere Wong said, “This is the first golf event organised for charity and we are excited and thankful to the organisers for all the work done so far.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback: waisean@fijisun.com.fj



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