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Caddie program ideal way to develop golfers

Zanzeer Singh
Monday, August 18, 2014

FORMER world number one golfer Vijay Singh believes a caddie program involving children would be the ideal way to develop junior golfers in the country.

Singh, who initially designed the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course was expected to establish a junior foundation upon its completion.

However, after the turn of events in 2006, Singh did not complete the project.

Singh said there was a different environment for children in the country with rugby and soccer being the main sport.

He said the Fiji International was the start to generate interest in the juniors.

"It is a very different environment here for kids because their mind-set is to play rugby and soccer," the 51-year-old said.

"You can't just go into schools and have academies for kids to come and play when they don't have any idea what golf really is.

"But this is the start. A caddie program would involve more kids earning money at the same time learning the game. And that is how you kind of build the foundation for the kids to play golf.

"My plan was to have an academy here when we built it. It was supposed to be a huge academy. Maybe for the future I'm still looking into that."

Singh said the athleticism of the locals would make them good golfers.

"There are a lot of opportunities here with a lot of kids and if you educate them the right way then there is potential," he said.

"They are athletes from a very young age. I was talking to my brother Krishna and he told me that there are lot more young Fijian golfers around that you haven't heard off.

"They just don't have the opportunity to play. So hopefully this will be a start for them."

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