YOUNG Barroon Hussain will defend the Jack's of Fiji-sponsored Nadi Open Golf Championship A Grade title which starts at the Nadi Airport Golf Club today.
Barroon created history last year by becoming the youngest player to win the title at the age of 15 years.
This earned the Nadi Muslim College student his first world amateur golf ranking points.
Barroon is optimistic of his chances but will face stiff competition from players such as his father Abid, Airports Fiji Limited fireman, veteran Ram Khelawan, Zoheer Ahmed, Anuresh Chandra, Sam Lee and Olaf Allen Jr.
Lee heads into tournament in fine form having played at the Fiji International at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course last weekend.
The 24-year-old was the lone amateur in the 120 member field and missed the cut after a terrible second round.
Nadi Airport Golf Club president Munesh Prasad said golfers in the A Grade would play over 54 holes earning the top three world amateur ranking points.
He said 80 players had already confirmed their entries.
"We expect a tough finish come Sunday," Munesh said.
"I would like to thank Jack's of Fiji for their support because it is not easy to get sponsors. There will be attractive prizes for the top finishers in each division.
"The course has under gone maintenance and despite the dry conditions it is in pretty good shape. I'm sure that the players will be very happy with the set up.
"This is the premier event of the club and we are looking forward to three days of excitement especially after all the hype created by the Fiji International.
"There is a group of golfers from Melbourne, Australia who will be competing in the tournament."
Shavil Prasad, Mahesh Prasad and Chandra Segran Pillay are the favourites for the B Grade title while Pranith Chand is the top contender for the C Grade title.
The B and C Grade players will play 36 holes starting tomorrow.
Minister for Youth and Sports Commodore Viliame Naupoto will be the chief guest for the presentation on Sunday.