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Hussein, Kumar lead junior golf tournament

Arin Kumar
Friday, January 17, 2014

FIJI'S top junior golfer Baarroon Hussein is tied for first place in the John Cooper Junior Golf Championship after day one of competition.

The defending champion sits at the top of the table with Divesh Kumar on 81 points.

Heavy rain in the Capital City on Wednesday night and a light drizzle yesterday resulted in a wet and soggy course at the Fiji Golf Club in Vatuwaqa.

Tournament co-ordinator Veramu Rokotavaga said the bad weather was one of the reasons for the poor turnout of golfers.

"We have 34 junior golfers for the event which is a slight decrease compared with the 42 we had last year," he said.

"Some golfers are overseas and many didn't turn up because of the bad weather and that is one of the reasons the performance was below par.

"Baarroon had a poor start when he hit 45 on the front and then improved to 36 on the back, and the other boy who also sits on 81 is Divesh and second to them is Meli Matairala.

"Another Fiji rep, Jiujua Leca, who's just returned from Australia, didn't do so well and has accumulated 88 points."

Hussein said he was praying for good weather today so that he and the other players could perform up to expectations.

"Competition is as strong as last year and my game was OK but the greens were running slow, mostly because of the rain," he said.

"Hoping for good weather tomorrow (today) so that I can improve on my game and give a much better performance compared witht today (yesterday)."

Competition continues at the Fiji Golf Club course this morning.

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