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Hussain starts slow

Zanzeer Singh
Thursday, January 09, 2014

NADI'S Baarroon Hussain made a slow start in the Australian Masters of Amateur Championship at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club.

The 16-year-old scored 17 over par 89 in the first round.

He carded five pars, ten bogeys and three double bogeys.

This is Hussain's first overseas tournament.

National Golf Association of Fiji secretary Amitesh Chandra said Hussain would learn a lot in the tournament which had attracted the top players from the region.

Chandra said they were hopeful that the youngster would improve his performance.

"We are focusing on development," he said.

"Hussain is our future star and we need to give him more overseas exposure. He has big potential."

Meanwhile, Hussain was given the opportunity to visit the PGA of Australia's world-class Centre for Learning and Performance in Melbourne earlier this week.

He also had the opportunity to meet with PGA Tour of Australasia professional Rika Batibasaga, whose father Asaeli hails from Namatakula Village.

Hussain is a member of the national squad which the PGA has sponsored as part of its commitment to the inaugural Fiji International Championship this year.

A member of the Nadi Airport Golf Club, Hussain is Fiji's leading junior golfer who won the Nadi Open Golf Championship in 2013.

PGA of Australia chief executive officer Brian Thorburn said the PGA Centre for Learning and Performance was a world-class golf facility.

"PGA of Australia coaches are regarded as some of the best in the world," Thorburn said.

"As part of the Fiji International we want to help grow the game of golf in Fiji and develop the country's next generation of golfers, including Baarroon.

"The PGA also hopes to work with the local Fijian golf industry representatives to help raise the profile of the game within the community.

"It is a great opportunity for Barroon to compete against some of the world's best and we wish him the best of luck."

Last year the PGA of Australia announced it would provide crucial financial support to Fiji's national team to assist them compete in international events.

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