Golf event upgrade

JAPAN-BASED professional Dinesh Chand has upgraded his 18 holes stroke event which will be held at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club Course on January 20 to a Pro-Am.

Chand who is keen to develop amateur golf in the country has decided to get the professionals involved offering a prize payout of $3000 to the top eight finishers.

The 45-year-old took up the sport at the Nadi Airport Golf Club Course as a youngster and has five professional title wins under his belt.

He has featured in all the four editions of the Fiji International since its inception in 2014.

Denarau Golf and Racquet Club tournament co-ordinator Amitesh Chandra said the professionals would spice up the event.

Chandra said Tomasi Tuivua would lead the charge in the professional category.

“Tomasi leads the Fiji PGA order of merit,” he said.

“Other players like Anasa Seruvatu, Roneel Prakash, Waisake Vati and Bill Suguturaga will be out to claim a top eight spot to be in contention for the cash prize.”

More than $5000 worth of lucrative prizes will be at stake for the amateurs.

Nadi’s Abid Hussain and Suva’s Olaf Allen Junior are the favourites for the amateur title.

Chand earned his Japan Tour card in 1998 and represented the nation at the World Cup of Golf in 2001 (Japan) and 2002 (Mexico) alongside former world number one Vijay Singh.

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