NADI Muslim College student Baarroon Hussain created history by becoming the youngest ever winner of a local major open golf championship yesterday.
16-year-old Baarroon lifted the Coastal Rentals Nadi Open title winning by three strokes from the Fiji number one amateur player Olaf Allen Junior.
The four handicapper played exceptional golf in the three-day 54-hole event finishing ahead of Allen Junior who has a world amateur ranking of 827.
The win will ensure Baarroon his first ever world ranking points as the event is sanctioned by the Royal and Ancient Golf Club formed in 2004 at Saint Andrews in Scotland.
The youngster finished ahead of the other elite squad members Anuresh Chandra, Roneel Prakash and Amitesh Chandra.
Baarroon, who is part of the national development squad, carded 220 to win the event which started back in 1960.
He was winning by ten strokes at one stage but choked a bit under pressure before redeeming himself to claim the title.
The Labasa lad admires former world number one and three -time professional major winner Vijay Singh who won the Nadi Open back in 1981.
He was not even born when Singh claimed the victory.
Minister for Youth and Sport Viliame Naupoto praised Baarroon for his effort.
He said the youngster should be groomed for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.
"It is so good to see a 16-year-old win a major championship and this is the first in the country," Naupoto said.
"We are looking forward to the 2016 Olympics. Golf is one of the new sports that have been included.
"We want golfers like Baarroon to keep on playing and getting better to reach the international level."
Baarroon was introduced to golf by his father Abid, a former professional golfer when he was in class four at Meigunyah Muslim Primary School.
Now the Form Five student said his aim was to get into the national team.
"For my long term goal I hope to become a professional golfer.
"I adore Vijay Singh who is a great player.
"He has won 34 PGA Tour events."
Singh was the leading prizemoney winner on the PGA Tour in 2003, 2004 and 2008.
He was inducted in the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2005.