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Cash in and top spot

Arin Kumar
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

NOT only will the winner of this weekend's Fiji Open win $35,000, he will also secure a spot in the Fiji International golf tournament that will be played in August.

The Fiji Open starts tomorrow and just like the Fiji International, it would be played over 72 holes four rounds and would conclude on Sunday.

Secretary of National Golf Association of Fiji Amitesh Chandra said the news was very exciting for the Fiji Open.

"We have many local professionals and some from Australia playing in the Open, along with many of our best amateurs," he said.

"So for one of them to get a start in the Fiji International will be a great experience.

"This is a huge opportunity for one of our golfers and will have a positive impact on golf in Fiji."

Chief executive officer of the PGA of Australia Brian Thorburn said they were trying to create as many opportunities as possible for the Fiji International.

"We're working with the Government and everyone involved with the tournament to make sure that the Fiji International provides as many opportunities as possible, supporting golf tournaments and the industry which are already established within the country," he said.

Ryan Fox is the defending champions of the Fiji Open and he would aiming for his third title in row.

Meanwhile, the Fiji International, which has been tagged as Fiji's biggest sporting event this year, would be played from August 14-17 at the Natadola Beach Championship Golf Course and has a prize of US$1million on offer.

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