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Allen faces top golfers

Emoni Narawa
Tuesday, November 20, 2012

OLAF Allen Jr will find the going tough when he puts his Lautoka Golf Open title on the line at the golf links on Saturday.

The national rep will find stiff competition from Vikrant Chandra, Anuresh Chandra and Roneel Prakash who are among the top seeds at the 81st Lautoka Open Golf Championship sponsored by Sigatoka Motor Spares Limited in association with Islands Electric Wholesalers, Islands Refrigeration and Electrical Wholesalers Limited, Process Valves and Controls Limited.

Nadi golf champions Amitesh Chandra, Fayaz Khan, Munesh Prasad and Pranil Prasad are also rated at the 27 holes stroke tournament.

Home boys James Krishna and Suren Pillay should not be left out of the equation.

Tournament organiser Raymond Singh said they expected an exciting battle at the golf links.

"This is the biggest ever sponsor for LGC Open and participants from Fiji, Australia and New Zealand will grace the golf links course for this 81st consecutive Open Championship," Singh said.

The tournament was played since 1931. The honours board has recorded the names of past winners that includes former world No. 1 and Fiji's very own Vijay Singh who won back to back titles in 1981 and 1982. Left handed, late Rahamat Ali playing out of the then Nausori Golf Club amassed a record of eight title open wins.

Former national reps and 1987 SPG gold medallists in Tahiti Mahmood Buksh of Fiji Golf Club and Shiu Sami Naidu of Lautoka, together with 1995 SPG gold medallist Jalen Raman of Ba and Daven Gopal of Lautoka have all won the prestigious event.

"This year's tournament will be no different as all the current four national reps will fight it out toe to toe," Singh added.


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