NATIONAL elite squad member Abid Hussain will spearhead Nadi Airport Golf Club's campaign at the Theodore Trophy Challenge this Sunday.
Nadi, the hosts have named a formidable squad to defend the top tier title.
The side is boosted with other national elite squad members such as Zoheer Ahmed, Anuresh Chandra, Roneel Prakash and Barroon Hussain.
Veteran Ram Khelawan, club president Munesh Prasad and Nilesh Chand will add experience in the A Grade.
The Theodore Trophy has a rich history with the first championship played back in 1946.
The glass case trophy which contains rocks with gold deposits from Vatukoula was donated by Edward Granville Theodore who migrated to Fiji from Australia to start the Emperor Gold Mines.
The trophy was to be contested among the Western golf clubs of Nadi, Ba, Lautoka and Vatukoula annually.
The main sporting facility Theodore Park in Vatukoula is also named after the mining pioneer who passed away in 1950.
The Theodore trophy was destroyed by a fire in 1962 and was replaced by his children in the same year in his memory.
Nadi will also defend the Hedstrom Cup in the B Grade. Former club president Chandra Segran Pillay will lead the team which includes Mahesh Prasad, Yagam Baram Pillay, Mohammed Hafif Ali, Balram, Hamza Ali, Suresh Prasad and Shavil Prasad.
The C Grade team will be captained by Arvind Chand and will include Pranith Chand, Sunil Datt, Arvind Chand, Venayagum Pillay, Sanjesh Prasad and Sharun Hussein. The National Golf Association of Fiji has given the silverware for this division.
Club president Munesh said they would hold a separate tournament sponsored by Varad and Company for golfers who are not part of the Theodore Trophy Championship.