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Chandra makes progress

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, April 21, 2014

AIRPORTS Fiji Limited fireman Anuresh Chandra won the fourth national trials at the Natadola Bay Championship Course on Saturday.

Anuresh won the event after scoring 18 over par 162 after 36 holes. He was the only player to attain the benchmark score which was set at 20 over par 164.

This propelled Anuresh to third on the ranking points table, only 1.5 points behind second-placed Abid Hussain.

Olaf Allen Jr leads the race with 75 points.

The top players will earn a spot in the national team to participate in the World Amateur Teams Championship in Japan in September.

National Golf Association of Fiji secretary Amitesh Chandra said 12 elite squad members participated at the trials.

Amitesh said Hussain was unlucky to miss the benchmark score by two strokes.

"Anuresh came back strongly after missing the benchmark score at the trial last week by one shot," he said.

"A total of 12 national elite players participated and Abid was unlucky to miss the benchmark score by one shot after he finished with a score of 165.

"Anuresh kept his cool over the last two days to get the maximum point. This has kept his hopes alive for a place in the national team.

"We want to take the best players to Japan and if the elite players are not able to meet the benchmark scores locally, then it will be very difficult for these players to play overseas.

"The players need to start learning to do course management in order to better their scores as most of them lack in this department."

Two more rounds of trials remain.

Ranking Points: Olaf Allen 75, Abid Hussain 42.5, Anuresh Chandra 41, Roneel Prakash 24.5.

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