ONE of the top amateur golfers in the country, Vikrant Chandra is eyeing to make the cut for the World Cup in Antalya Turkey.
The International Golf Federation (IGF) awarded the city of Antalya, Turkey, the right to host the 2012 World Team Amateur Championships in Golf (WATC) which is triples event.
The championship will be held at Gloria Club, PGA Sultan, and Cornelia Golf Club Nick Faldo in Antalya from Oct 4-7.
Despite the financial woes Fiji's preparations are in progress with six elite players (Vikrant Chandra, Olaf Allen jnr, Anuresh Chandra, Roneel Prakash, Barron Hussain, Tristan Levestram) training weekly at Natadola golf course.
National Golf Association of Fiji secretary, Amitesh Chandra said they will trim the six member squad in mid August.
"Once the three member squad is named, we will go into a three to four week camp, prior to the expected date of departure," he said.
Vikrant, 23, is one of the players in the current training squad and he aims to be selected in the final team. "I have sacrificed a lot and going to Turkey means the world to me," Vikrant said.
"I have taken part in many international tournaments but playing at the world cup means more then anything." A lawyer by profession at Lateef and Lateef lawyers, he wants a top 30 finish if given the nod to don the national jumper in Turkey.
He said balancing work with training was difficult but admits that spending quality time at training would be his advantage.
Vikrant said team bonding was also important and it was hard to train as a team because all the players in the training squad had work commitments.
"When we are not training as a team then it defeats the whole idea of taking part in the team event," he said.
He said if they dedicated more time to training then they had a good chance of finishing in top 30.
However, he said the luxury of training at the Natadola golf course should help them during the championship as it "is one of the toughest golf courses in the world".
"I just want to play to the best of my ability."