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Baarroon off to Aust

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, December 21, 2013

NADI Muslim College student Baarroon Hussain will fly Fiji's flag at the NEC Master of Amateur Golf Championship in Australia next month.

The 16-year-old created history by becoming the youngest golfer to win a major event after claiming the Coastal Rentals Nadi Open title in August.

He also won the John Cooper Junior Championship in January and is the top ranked junior player in the country.

National Golf Association of Fiji secretary Amitesh Chandra said Fiji was the lone country from the South Pacific to gain direct entry into the NEC Master of Amateur Golf Championship.

Chandra said the other countries had to participate in the qualifying round.

"The National Golf Association of Fiji plans to give every deserving player a chance to participate in overseas tournaments," he said.

"This is to give them exposure. They will gain experience and improve their game. However, every player representing Fiji has an obligation to uphold the institution's name and be role models."

Chandra said the aim was to groom players for the 2015 Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea.

"We negotiated to get Baarroon an invite to the tournament," he said.

"Fiji is the only country in the South Pacific that has automatic entry while the other nations have to play in the qualifying rounds.

"The Fiji National Sports Commission is supporting golf and we are grateful for its role in the development of sports."

The NEC Master of Amateur Golf Championship will be played at prestigious Royal Melbourne Golf Club from January 6 to January 10.

Hussain has a world amateur ranking of 4643.

Meanwhile, Jiujiua Takape Lecavanavanua missed the cut in the Greg Norman Junior Masters which ended in Australia on Tuesday.

Commonly known as Jiju Leca, the Suva golfer scored a total of 281 after three rounds. He scored 93 in the first round and 94 in the second and the third rounds.