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Golfers swing

Maciu Malo
Wednesday, June 11, 2014

ABOUT 200 overseas golfers participated at the 2014 Starwood Golf Classic tournament that started at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club yesterday.

Hosted by the Starwood Hotels and Resorts in Fiji, the tournament will be played over four days at the Denarau Golf & Racquet Club and the Natadola Golf Course.

Pacific Golf Management managing director Richard Ellis said the tournament was part of the South Pacific professional circuit.

He said the objective of the tournament was to promote golf in Fiji.

"The competition started five years ago and its $100,000 professional prize money," said Ellis.

"Most importantly most professionals are bringing three amateurs with them. The amateurs are to help the professionals win prizes in the team event and if win they get free admission for next year' tournaments.

"We got some of the top golfers in Australia and New Zealand with us for this tournament which includes one of the tournament's hot favourites Ryan Fox.

"Fox had just won the Tahiti Open on Monday and will be one of the golfers to watch during the tournament."

Ellis said the tournament had also raked in millions of dollars to the economy.

"The money spent by these participants in the country is around $1m.

"It's a huge boost to the economy and our aim is to promote Fiji as a golf destination for tourists.

"There has not been a major driving factor to bring golfers to Fiji so we want to use this tournament to promote golf tourists in Fiji," he added.

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