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Golfers to battle at the classic

Zanzeer Signh
Thursday, June 05, 2014

FIJI Open champion Matt Ballard is the top seed for the 2014 Natadola Bay Golf Classic which will be played at the Natadola Bay Championship Course today.

Ballard, who hails from Australia, will go into the tournament as the favourite.

He edged Tomasi Tuivuna in the playoffs last Sunday at the Fiji Golf Club to claim the professional title.

Michael Wright will be another player to look out for in the pro category.

Olaf Allen Junior will lead the charge in the amateur division.

Allen Jr is Fiji's number one amateur player.

He will face stiff competition from the likes of Abid Hussain, Roneel Prakash, Anuresh Chandra, Vijay Krishna Singh and Zoheer Ahmed.

Natadola Bay Championship Course operations manager Amitesh Chandra said more than 70 players had registered for the day-long tournament.

Amitesh said all the national elite squad members would be participating.

"The national elite squad members are preparing for the World Amateur Team's Championship in Japan in September," he said.

"They have been playing at the Natadola course regularly and recently they participated in a coaching clinic which was conducted by PGA of Australia national coaching programs manager Nick Bielawski.

"We are thankful to our sponsors Gecko's Trucking, Sigatoka Motor Spare Parts and Coastal Rental for supporting the event."

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