Golf tourney soars to new heights, bank company joins the course

THE annual Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways golf tournament continues to soar to new heights, thanks to the help of Westpac.

As the official bank of the August 2-5 tourney at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course, Westpac this week announced its plans to help make the fifth edition successful.

Through the bank’s support, more volunteers are expected to help this year.

Last year 66 volunteers were brought in from overseas to work in the tournament along with local counterparts which included some students of the Fiji National University (FNU).

This year, one of the FNU student volunteer will win a study scholarship, thanks to Westpac and Fiji International presented by Fiji Airways. The scholarship will be given to the student who excels in his or her role as a Westpac Fiji International volunteer.

“Westpac’s role in the Pacific is more than simply providing banking and financial services. It’s about being part of the stability and security of a sound financial system, playing an integral role in the local economy and contributing to the social and environmental wellbeing of local communities,” Westpac Fiji’s general manager Brett Hooker, said.

The internationally recognised tournament provides an opportunity for FNU students to contribute their skills set and in the process to gain valuable experience to assist not only their studies, but future employment opportunities.

“The tournament has an economic impact on Fiji providing a boost to sporting tourism which we are proud to support via the Westpac Volunteer Program. However, this program also provides tangible benefits to Fijian students who are the future workforce of Fiji’s burgeoning tourism industry.

“We are also proud to continue our work with the local community by providing school children access to golf, a sport they may not previously have experienced but a lifelong game they can enjoy.”

Some of the sport’s acclaimed players are expected to feature this year.

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