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Australia coaching program official impressed

Emoni Narawa
Monday, June 02, 2014

PGA of Australia says Fiji has talent.

After conducting a week of golf clinics in schools last week as part of its commitment to growth of golf in the country, national manager of the PGA coaching programs Nick Bielawski said Fiji had talented golfers.

"There is some real talent in Fiji and it is great to have the opportunity to work with the team and Graeme to put in place some ongoing training for them," he said.

Bielawski visited Fiji as part of a week-long intensive coaching and golf promotion tour. His tour started at Natadola alongside fellow PGA member and recently appointed Fiji golf coach Graeme Bell, working on specific training programs and drills with the national squad.

He said the PGA was renowned for its history of developing players and coaches worldwide.

"All it takes is, knowing what to focus practising on, and being committed to the drills and programs we put in place. I am sure we will see an impact on their games.

"Graeme (Bell) has a great squad to work with and I know he is looking forward to working with them all."

Earlier this year Fiji's highest ranked junior golfer Barroon Hussein visited Melbourne for the Australian Master of the Amateurs Championship and spent time under the guidance of Bielawski.

Bell and Bielawski also enlisted the assistance of local development officers to work with local schools in Ba, Nadi, Lautoka, Sigatoka and Suva, showcasing golf to more than 1000 students between the ages of eight and 14.

The clinics form part of the PGA and Fiji International tournament organisers' commitment to working with all local stakeholders in promoting and developing golf throughout Fiji.

The Fiji International will be held at Natadola over the next five years.

The organisers hoped that golf will grow in profile and participation, providing lasting benefits for people of all ages and abilities.

The inaugural event will be held at the Natadola Beach Championship Golf Course in August.

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