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Allen Jr tipped to win golf tourney

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, December 28, 2013

SUVA golfer Olaf Allen Jr is the top seed for the Srixon Cleveland Champion of Champions tournament to be held at the Pacific Harbour Golf Club next month.

Allen Jr goes into the two-day event with the number one ranking for the 2013 season.

The Grid Security Services director amassed 171 points. Anuresh Chandra was second with 151 points followed by Roneel Prakash on 140 points, Abid Hussain on 134 points and National Golf Association secretary Amitesh Chandra on 91 points.

Ranking points were awarded to players for their performance in the major tournaments and also their performance during the national trials.

A total of 20 players will be named to participate in the COC.

The major title winners and the club championship winners will get direct entry.

Amitesh said the remaining spots would be offered to the other ranked players.

He said the winner would receive free entry to all national events next year.

"The COC will be played over 54 holes making it a world rankings event," Amitesh said.

"It will also serve as the first trials for the players vying for a spot in the Fiji team for the world cup in Japan next September.

"In form Abid Hussain will pose a big threat to Allen Jr. He has been playing good golf recently.

"As a bonus the COC winner will get free entry to all the national tournaments next year."

Allen Jr goes into the tournament having won the Fiji Amateur Stroke Play Championship and Fiji Golf Club Open this year.

Hussain holds the Ba Open, Lautoka Open, Vanua Levu Open and the Nadi Club Championship titles.

Anuresh won this year's Vatukoula Open.

The COC will be played from January 18 to January 19.