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Natadola course to test golfers

Zanzeer Singh
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

AUSTRALIAN Kevin Conlong has described the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course as challenging.

According to Conlong the windy conditions would make things very difficult when the Fiji International starts tomorrow.

Conlong was on hand to conduct a coaching clinic for the junior golfers yesterday.

"It is the first time for me to play on this course and it is brutal," he said.

"It is a great golf course but it is tough. It is difficult because there is a lot of palm trees in the hollow and protected area.

"So you can't exactly feel the wind blow directly and this is what makes it more difficult. You stand over the shot and then all of a sudden the wind hits it.

"The more times you play on this course then you get to know about it.

"At certain holes the wind will hit it more. Just like the 16th where the winds are stronger so things are quicker."

Conlong has played on the PGA of Australia tour on four occasions this season. He finished 47th at the New Zealand Open Championship and 19th at the Queensland PGA Championship.

Conlong missed the cuts at the Victoria Open and the Victorian PGA Championship.

He played warm-up tournaments in Queensland before heading to Fiji.

"I played in the Pro-Am tournaments in Queensland and it is pretty similar conditions there," Conlong said.

"The field this week is phonemically strong. And with Vijay Singh coming down it will boost the whole tournament."

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