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Ending on a high note

Zanzeer Singh
Tuesday, January 01, 2013

SUVA golfer Olaf Allen Jr will this weekend end 2012 season as Fiji's top amateur golfer.

Allen Jr has a world amateur ranking of 1112.

The 26-year-old has come a long way since picking up the sport when he was nine years old.

So far he has won the Heilala Open title in Tonga, Lautoka Open, Ba Open, Nadi Open, Suva Open, Pacific Harbour Open, Fiji Open, Starwood Classic and Champion versus Champion titles.

He represented Fiji in the 2009 Mini Pacific Games in the Cook Islands and the 2011 Pacific Games in New Caledonia.

He has been to three Asian Amateur Championships, Japan 2010, Singapore 2011 and Thailand 2012.

Allen Jr has flown Fiji's flag at three World Amateur Team Championships in Cape Town, South Africa in 2006, Adelaide, Australia in 2008 and Turkey this year.

He has travelled to Australia on many occasions starting with the Greg Norman Junior Masters in 2002.

His consistent performance in recent years has seen him represent the nation in the Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

He played in the New Zealand Amateur Championship in 2010 and featured in the Nomura Cup which was held in Fiji last year.

His passion for the sport grew after caddying for his father Olaf Allen Sr at the Fiji Golf Club.

Allen Jr said when he took up golf his aim was to become one of the best in the country.

He said over the years he had played along with many top golfers including Danny Lee of New Zealand who was now competing on the US PGA Tour rubbing shoulders with the likes of world number one Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Fiji's Vijay Singh.

"From that young age that I wanted to be the greatest golfer Fiji had ever seen," Allen Jr said.

"Over the years I have represented Fiji numerous times playing in many major tournaments. I have played alongside many famous golfers.

"My greatest accomplishment is representing Fiji at three World Amateur Team Championships.

"This is where most of the big names in golf have represented their countries.

"To play against the top amateur golfers from around the world is a huge honour.

"Just to know that many great golfers who are now professionals have also played in the tournament in previous years is something that fills my heart with pride every time I board the plane destined to represent my beloved country.

"My motto is always the same 'For Fiji Ever Fiji'.

"I have forged many long lasting friendships with golfers from around the country and the world.

"That is the beauty of a sport where players can compete against each other to the point of frustration on the course and still be able to sit down and have a laugh and share a cold beverage after the score cards have been handed in."

Allen Jr is the director of Grid Security Services Fiji Limited.

Despite his busy work schedule Allen Jr takes time out during the week to practise at the famous Fiji Golf Club where he is the club champion.

Determination has been one of the key factors that has propelled Allen Jr to amateur golf's top status in the country.

"Through all the ups and downs in my golfing career so far, I always remind myself that the greatest effort is not to be concerned with results," Allen Jr said.

"My dream of becoming the greatest is still very much within my reach and 2013 is going to be a big year for me and my golfing career.

"I'm getting there slowly but surely and with the help of my family which is the backbone of my achievements, I will perform to the best of my ability.

"My advice to all aspiring golfers is that if you put your mind to it, anything is possible.

"To achieve greatness you must have the drive to overcome any adversities, losses or obstacles that are placed in your way.

"So in 2013 join me and pick up a club, tee up and hit that ball like you have never hit it before.

"If you look down and it is still sitting there, never give up, just keep trying."

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