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Batibasaga wants to play in Fiji

Zanzeer Singh
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

MARIKA Batibasaga is keen to play in the annual Fiji Open Championship which starts at the Fiji Golf Club on May 29.

Batibasaga won the amateur division in the championship back to back in 2006 and 2007.

Better known as Rika, the 26-year-old played a round of golf at the Natadola Bay Championship course last week.

National Golf Association of Fiji secretary Amitesh Chandra said Batibasaga had shown interest in playing in the four-day tournament.

Chandra said the PGA Tour of Australia member had a busy schedule.

"Rika is very supportive of the idea of playing in the Fiji Open this year but he has a very busy international schedule," he said.

"Should he be free the Fiji Open week then he will definitely play. Rika who is a top class player will be participating in the inaugural PGA of China qualifier event in March.

Ryan Fox of New Zealand will defend the professional title. His win last year earned him a ticket to the Asia Panasonic Open Champion in Japan.

Chandra said they were negotiating with the organisers for a similar entry for this year's winner.

"Entry to the Asia Panasonic Open Championship will encourage a lot of overseas golfers to compete in our tournament," he said.

The winner in the professional division will get $6000.