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Baarroon tops juniors

Arin Kumar
Saturday, January 18, 2014

BAARROON Hussein improved significantly on day two to retain the John Cooper Junior Golf Championship yesterday.

Following a disastrous start to the tournament on Thursday, the 15-year-old kept calm and adapted to the conditions at the Fiji Golf Club course in Vatuwaqa to remain in the lead until the end.

He accumulated a total gross of 159 while Prashal Chand won the overall nett with 122 ahead of Tomasi Tuivuna who finished second with 136.

Fellow Nadi golfer Divesh Kumar gave Hussein stiff competition throughout the event but fell behind in the last stages.

Tournament co-ordinator Veramu Rokotavaga said Hussein's recent trip to Australia boosted his game for this tournament.

"Going into the final, it was a very tight game until it got to the final nine holes," he said.

"Fourteen-year-old Divesh had the same score as Baarroon but fell behind in the dying stages.

"Meli Matairala was also close behind and was only two shots shy of the leaders and came second in the overall gross competition with 165."

Hussein scored 38 in the first nine and then 40 to finish day two competition on 78 points, which was better than his 81 for day one.

He said the bad weather conditions and slow greens on Thursday was a factor that hindered his performance.

"Today (yesterday) was much better and I improved a lot when I got used to the course and adjusted to use the greens to suit my game," the Nadi Muslim College student said.

"Now I will turn my focus to the Foursomes competition next month where I will partner my father Abid Hussein."

Results: A-grade: Gross - 1st: Divesh Kumar (167), 2nd: Jiujiua Leca (174); Nett - 1st: Shamal Narayan (137), 2nd: Jimi Luiita (140); B-grade: Gross - 1st: Dioane Leca (205 - won on countback), 2nd: Vilikesa Bula (205); Nett - 1st: Kamil Singh (141), 2nd: Kaman Singh (142); C-grade: Gross - 1st: Lawerence Borja (226), 2nd: Eroni Seruvatu (236); Nett - 1st: Vereti (161), 2nd: Ben Eden Saukuru (165).

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