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Golf club prepares for annual event

Zanzeer Singh
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

THE Fiji Golf Club will be a hive of activity this Sunday with the staging of the annual challenge match between the members.

Dubbed the "Old Stallions versus Young Bucks", the competition was first played 2008.

At stake will be the Fiji Gas Limited-sponsored Roger Probert Trophy.

Players such as Sports Minister Viliame Naupoto, Cecil Browne, Vijay Madhavan, Sir Timoci Tuivaga, Ilaisa Labaibure, James Raman, Marika Vada, Olaf Allen Sr, Olaf Allen Junior, Jagat Ram and David Oakley will compete in the 18-hole event.

Malcolm Paterson of the Fiji Golf Club said the total stableford points of the leading 15 players from either side would be tallied.

Paterson said close results are expected.

"In 2012 the Old Stallions won by a slim margin of 15 points," he said.

"Roger Probert was one of the stalwarts of Fiji Golf and did much for the game from the mid 1950s through until his retirement in Australia in 2001.

"His contribution to the game is immeasurable as he was a founding member of the Fiji Senior Golfers Association.

"Roger with input from others in 1956 was responsible for the establishment of Ready Gas Limited, which was renamed to Fiji Gas Limited in 1964.

"A need was felt in 2008 to recognise Roger's efforts on behalf of all golfers and this was achieved by formation of the competition which now carries his name.

"When approached, Fiji Gas Limited readily offered to provide sponsorship which has been highly valued in subsequent years."

The competition will tee off at 11.30am at the Vatuwaqa course.

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