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Brothers to host golf meet

Zanzeer Singh
Thursday, July 31, 2014

BROTHERS Mahend and Daven Gopal will host a major golf tournament in memory of their late father Ram Chandar Gopal who passed away recently.

Mahend, who resides in Canada, is no stranger when it comes to sponsoring golf tournaments in the country.

His company Tiffany's was the major sponsor for the Nadi and Lautoka Open Championship.

Daven on the other hand is one of Fiji's renowned amateur golfers.

He started playing golf back in 1986 and has won all the major titles except for the Suva Open which he lost in the playoff once.

Daven was part of the Fiji team that won gold medals at the South Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu in 1993 and the South Pacific Games in Tahiti in 1995.

He opted out of the national team for the 1997 South Pacific Mini Games in American Samoa for personal reasons.

At the 1999 South Pacific Games in Guam, Daven won the individual gold and the team silver medals.

He was Fiji's flag bearer at the 2001 South Pacific Mini Games in the Norfolk Islands and last represented Fiji at the 2003 South Pacific Games in Suva.

Daven migrated to New Zealand in 2007 and has been teaching young golfers on a part-time basis.

He said Fiji had the potential to win gold medals at the Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea next year.

"The likes of Sam Lee, Olaf Allen Jr, Abid Hussain, Anuresh Chandra and Roneel Prakash have been playing the sport for a long time," Daven said.

"It is time for them to produce the results like what Vilikesa Kalou, Shiu Sami Naidu, Seru Matairala, Anasa Seruvatu, Mohamood Buksh, Dharam Prakash and I did at the regional level."

Daven is the only player to win the Lautoka Open title four years in a row.

Meanwhile, Mahend said he would be bringing in attractive prizes from Canada for the October tournament with the winner walking away with the engraved Late Ram Chandar Gopal Memorial trophy.

The venue for the tournament is yet to be confirmed.

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