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Golf swings up

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, August 18, 2014

THE PGA Tour of Australasia is keen to develop golf in the country.

Over the past few months the PGA has been committed to growing the game of golf in Fiji at a grassroots level and estimates that through their programs and investments, thousands of locals have had the opportunity to pick up a golf club for the first time.

In the lead-up to the Fiji International, the PGA along with local development officers staged clinics at more than 20 schools across the country and invested in its top coaches visiting Fiji to assist with the development of local golfers.

PGA Tour of Australasia CEO Brian Thoburn said its long-term strategy was aimed at increasing participation, supporting the local industry and supporting the elite amateurs who were likely to go on and represent the country on the international stage.

"The Fiji International is about so much more than delivering a world-class golf tournament over these four days," Thorburn said.

"We need to look at what is also going on in the periphery to make sure that we are ready to identify and assist the next Vijay Singh."

Earlier this year the PGA announced a four-year sponsorship of the national team as part of their promise to help develop the game of golf in the country alongside the National Golf Association of Fiji and other local industry groups.

"This sponsorship is a great opportunity for the PGA of Australasia to directly benefit the game of golf in Fiji and use our knowledge and resources to assist the local golf industry, the general community and the wider Fijian economy," he said.

As part of the sponsorship the PGA of Australasia is providing financial assistance to the national team until the end of 2016 as well as provide its members with additional coaching and development opportunities.

During the third round of the tournament on Saturday, the next generation of Fijian golfers were again given the opportunity to learn the basics of golf with a clinic staged on site at Natadola for junior golfers.

"We are committed to leaving a long-term legacy for golf in Fiji, a legacy that goes well beyond what has happened here on the scoreboard."








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