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Rika returns to reclaim lost glory

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, May 29, 2014

RIKA Batibasaga is back to the course that defined his career.

The son of former Flying Fijian Isimeli Batibasaga rose to fame at the Fiji Golf Club Course when he won the Fiji Open title back-to-back in 2005 and 2006.

Rika last played at the Vatuwaqa golf course in 2007 and he is back this year to reclaim the prestigious title.

"It feels awesome. I'm happy to be back. Good to see some familiar faces. Just can't wait to tee off tomorrow (today) and get the tournament underway," said 26-year-old Rika.

"It's very special place to me because this is where I got my first major win. It's also special because this is where my dad is from.

"I think I gained a lot of confidence after winning here and it really helped me grow my career."

Rika is anticipating a tough competition in the four-day tournament which starts today.

He said with the calibre of golfers registered to compete, he would face a tough challenge in his bid to win the title.

"I have been a little inconsistent but hope to gain a bit of form and take it from there and perform well this week" Rika said.

"There are lot of good players there and I'm sort of going out there and concentrating to play well and hopefully be there on Sunday."

Rika, who is also participating in the Fiji International in August, is using the Fiji Open as a build-up for the upcoming inaugural meet.

"Fiji international coming up in August is something very special and hopefully this can be the gateway to performing well in August."


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