Lee back from US; leads golf title hunt

Nigel Nand participates in the 2021 Rum Co of Fiji Pro-Am Golf Championship at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club course on Denarau Island, Nadi last week. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Sam Lee is the hot favourite for the Amigo Traders Denarau Open Championship which will be played at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club course this weekend.

Lee is back in the country after spending a few months in the United States trying to secure a lucrative golfing tour card.

He will face stiff competition from Zoheer Ahmed, who took out the Rum Co of Fiji Pro-Am at the same venue after a two-way playoff with Roneel Prakash and Tomasi Tuivuna.

Denarau Golf Club manager Amiteh Chandra said the professionals would play for $5000 while the amateurs fight for $3500 worth of prizes during the Denarau Open.

Chandra said there was a lot of hype leading into the Denarau Open after the success of the Rum Co of Fiji Pro-Am last weekend.

“We thank Paradise Beverages for last week’s sponsorship,” he said.

“The tournament was great and was the first to be held after the sporting restrictions were imposed in April.

“All the participants loved the event and it just shows how popular Rum Co of Fiji Pro-Am has become amongst the Fiji golfing community.

“Paradise Beverages have promised to sponsor two more tournaments next year.

“The Fiji PGA contributed towards the prize money for the professionals alongside Paradise Beverages.”

Rum Co of Fiji Pro-Am Results:

Professional Winner: Zoheer Ahmad 144 (via playoff)

Runner-up: Tomasi Tuivuna, Roneel Prakash 144

Ladies gross winner: Bella Cho 143

Runner-up: Raina Kumar 153

Ladies net winner: Debi Gibson 117 (course record)

Runner-up: Tiri Naylor 141

Overall men gross winner: Abid Hussien 142

Overall men net winner: Eric Nand 136

Men A Grade net winner: Kavitesh Prasad 141

Men B grade net winner: Anil Prasad 144

Men C Grade net winner: Peter McPerson 141.

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