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Lee makes Fiji golf event

Zanzeer Singh
Sunday, August 03, 2014

NATIONAL elite squad member Sam Lee claimed the lone local spot at the upcoming Fiji International at the Natadola Bay Championship Course.

Lee an amateur player finished ahead of 14 others during the two-day qualifying rounds which finished at Natadola yesterday.

The 24-year-old won the 36 holes tournament by six shots ahead of professional Vikrant Chandra.

He totalled four over par 148 carding 74 respectively on each day. Chandra finished with 154 scoring 75 and 79.

The golfers were forced to play in windy conditions.

Lee was ecstatic with his qualification which is by far the biggest highlight of his golfing career.

Born in Korea, he moved to Fiji in 2001 and recently graduated from the Oklahoma State University.

Lee said his hard work during the practice sessions paid off.

"I had been practising every day in the lead up to this qualifier," he said.

"The winds in the last few days made scoring very difficult so I knew that if I just keep making pars, I would have a good chance of qualifying.

"I'm thoroughly looking forward to the opportunity to compete against the best professionals across Australasia."

Amateurs, Anuresh Chandra, Olaf Allen Jr and Mohammed Rizwan pulled out of the qualifiers after the first round on Friday.

National Golf Association of Fiji secretary Amitesh Chandra said it was good to see Lee getting a ticket to the historical Fiji International.

The Fiji International will be held from August 14-17.

Scores: Sam Lee (am) 148, Vikrant Chandra (pro) 154, Abid Hussain (am) 160, Tomasi Tuivuna (pro) 160, Arvin Lal (pro) 167, Vili Sauturaga (pro) 170, Apenisa Koroicure (pro) Anasa Seruvatu (pro) 174, Vinesh Prasad (pro) 175, Amitesh Chandra (pro) 178, Richard Kwon (pro) 182, Barroon Hussain (am) 183.

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