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$1.8m up for grabs at Natadola championship

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, January 11, 2014

THE inaugural 2014 Fiji International will be played at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course from August 14 to August 17.

Launched last September, the PGA Tour of Australasia and OneAsia-sanctioned event will boast a minimum prize purse of more than $1.8million.

Confirmed for a five-year period the Fiji International is expected to deliver substantial economic and tourism benefits to the nation. PGA of Australia chief executive officer Brian Thorburn said the tournament would be played the week following the US PGA Championship.

Thorburn said they were confident the date would give them the best opportunity to attract a quality field.

"August is one of the best times of the year to visit and experience all that Fiji has to offer," he said.

"We are looking forward to showcasing Natadola Bay to the world." Participating players are expected to arrive in early with August 11 designated as a practice day.

The tournament Pro-Am will take place on August 13 with the four-day 72-hole tournament commencing the following day.

The Fiji International will be broadcast globally via OneAsia's television platform.

Attorney General and Minister for Tourism Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said they were delighted to be able to welcome some of the world's best golfers to Natadola.

"This is a long-term partnership and we look forward to working with the PGA to promote the event and tell the world about Fiji as a holiday destination," Sayed-Khaiyum said.

The Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course is renowned for its sparkling backdrop of coral reefs and the Pacific Ocean that line 15 out of the 18 holes.

The PGA hopes to make the tournament's first player announcement in the coming weeks.