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Support pours in for Fiji International

Emoni Narawa
Friday, August 01, 2014

THE Fiji International golf tournament has received another boost to the event which will be staged at Natadola this month.

Yesterday, the announcer announced that Natural Waters of Viti Limited, the producer of FIJI Water, has come on board to sponsor the inaugural tournament.

Fiji Water is one of Fiji's most recognisable global brands available in 50 countries.

As the official water of the Fiji International, Fiji Water will ensure participants, including major champions Vijay Singh and Nick Price, will be well hydrated throughout the tournament.

Natalie Ritter, general manager of the Fiji International, says aligning with globally recognisable Fiji Water was a boost for the tournament.

"We are proud to be aligned with Fiji Water, an iconic global brand which promotes the value of Fiji to the world," said Ritter.

"As Fiji's first internationally broadcast tournament, we look forward to working with FIJI Water to further showcase Fiji's beauty and attractions to the world."

The Fiji International will be played at Natadola Bay Championship Golf course from 14-17 August.

Being played for a $US1million prize purse, the Fiji International will be co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and OneAsia.

Meanwhile, a number of Australia's rising stars including Dimitrios Papadatos, Jake Higginbottom and Jack Wilson will be in action at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf course.

Higginbottom, who won the 2012 New Zealand Open as a 19-year-old amateur, Wilson who won the 2013 WA Goldfelds PGA Championship as a PGA trainee in February this year and Papadatos who claimed the New Zealdand Open, his first title since turning professional in 2013 are all top contenders.

"I was happy with the way I played and handled myself at the New Zealand Open and it's given me confidence of going forward," said Papadatos.

"Believing that on a good week I can win, it makes me more excited for a tournament like Fiji.

"I now know that if I can get into contention I am capable of doing something big."

While the young guns may be leaving their mark on the golf course, they still look to learn from high calibre players such as Vijay Singh and Nick Price.

"It's awesome that they can get players like Vijay and Nick for the Fiji International, it really pumps up the tournament.

"I wouldn't even know where to start with a guy like Vijay who has been the World Number One."