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Fox to defend title

Arin Kumar
Wednesday, May 28, 2014

NATIONAL Golf Association of Fiji president Sitiveni Rabuka has confirmed Ryan Fox would be back this weekend to defend the Fiji Open title.

The tournament starts tomorrow and concludes on Sunday and Rabuka is confident of hosting another successful event.

"This week we welcome back the reigning champion, Ryan Fox of New Zealand who won in 2012 as his first professional season and successfully defended his title last year on the same course," he said.

"Ryan is the son of All Black great, Grant Fox 'The Kicking Machine'.

"Just as Grant made a name for himself and Ryan started as 'Grant Fox's son' — he has now 'come of age' in his own sport of golf to be known in his own right."

Rabuka said former holders of the title would return to try to win it back.

"We also welcome one of our own sons of a great rugby family name originally from Nadroga, Rika Batibasaga and an old favourite Neil Kerry.

"While we may be focussing on the visiting professionals, some of our own local members of the Fiji Professional Golf Association are also worthy contenders this year.

"The Gau island's youngsters, Anasa Seruvatu and his brothers, Taitusi and Tukai have been enjoying low-profile victories in Suva and we hope their break into the international scene will happen this year at Vatuwaqa, where their father Sailosi still walks the golf course."

Meanwhile, Fiji Golf Club president Tom Ricketts is praying for good weather to prevail this weekend.

"Vatuwaqa is a challenging course, being close to the coast where wind is always a factor," he said.

"The special organising committee of this tournament had worked hard to ensure that the course is in good playing condition.

"This had not been made easy because of the excessive rain that we have experienced in Suva over the last two weeks.

"Despite the inclement weather, the course had held up well and with more sunshine, the fairways should dry up and challenge the golfers."

The winner of the Fiji Open also secures a spot in August's Fiji International.

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