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Guru eyes golf title

Zanzeer Singh
Thursday, January 09, 2014

LAUTOKA Central Primary School teacher Roneel Prakash has set his sights on winning the Srixon Cleveland-sponsored Champion versus Champion tournament at the Pacific Harbour Golf Club this weekend.

Prakash had a quiet 2013 season and will be out to impress the selectors.

The national squad member said he had started preparations early.

"I have been practising a lot and my focus will be around the greens which was a problem for me last year," Prakash said.

"I will try and focus on my game and not that of my playing partners."

National rep Anuresh Chandra has pulled out of the tournament citing personal commitments.

National Golf Association of Fiji secretary Amitesh Chandra said defending champion Olaf Allen Junior, Abid Hussian and Fiji Golf Club champion Mohammed Rizwan have confirmed participation.

Amitesh said the winner of the two-day tournament would receive free entry to all national events in 2014 and the Champion versus Champion trophy.

"The Champion versus Champion will be a great way to start the new season for all golfers," he said.

"For the national training squad members, it will serve as the first trial for World Cup in Japan in September."

The Champion versus Champion is also a world ranking event where the top three players will get world ranking points.

United States-based Sam Lee is Fiji's best ranked player on 796 followed by Allen Jr on 1672 and Anuresh on 2510.

Amitesh said Lee was expected to be in the top 400 by end of April.

"Lee plays golf for the Oklahoma State University team," he said.

"The parent body has for the first time set bench mark scores for the national players to achieve in order to be allocated points for the World Cup trials. We believe this will motivate players to perform even better.

"Benchmark scores have been set for all golf courses in Fiji and points will only be given to those players who achieve the scores."

The Champion versus Champion will tee off at 7am on Saturday.

Entry fee is $120 per player and includes lunch, shared cart and green fees.

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