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Nadi golfer to make national debut

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, July 21, 2014

NADI golfer Abid Hussain will make his national debut at the World Amateur Teams Championship in Karuizawa, Japan in September.

Hussain who returned to the amateur status last year after a short professional stint has been knocking on the door for selection after a fine performance.

He won the Fiji Amateur Match Play and finished as the second local player at the Fiji Open and won the 2013 Ba, Lautoka and Vatukoula Open tournaments.

Hussain will join Fiji's top amateur player Olaf Allen Jr and US-based Sam Lee.

Allen Jr topped the selection after winning the 2014 Fiji Amateur Championship, 2013 Champion vs Champion, being the leading local player during Amateur Fiji Open 2014 and being Fiji's best ranked player on the world golf amateur rankings.

Lee is Fiji's only player to graduate from a golf college in the US. He was the leading local amateur at the 2013 Fiji Open and was Fiji's best individual player at the 2013 Nomura Cup ranked 40th out of 102 players.

National Golf Association of Fiji secretary Amitesh Chandra said they have selected an experienced team.

Amitesh said the aim was to improve from their last outing.

"We are confident of a better finish than 2012 where Fiji was placed 52nd out of 72 countries," he said.

"The format is a team event where the best gross scores over four days are taken for the final team score."

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