Top golf clash

Geotech Drilling managing director Gary Barnett with the defendng champion of the Lautoka Golf Open Championship Abid Hussein. Picture; SUPPLIED.

THE Geotech Drilling International Services and Islands Electric sponsored 88th edition of the Lautoka Open Golf Championship will take centre stage at the Golf Links course in Lautoka on Saturday.

“The LGC open is a very popular national event that is attracting golfers from here and abroad,” said Lautoka Golf Club executive Raymond Singh.

“A lot of effort and work has been put in to have the greens and fairways in top condition. I am confident of a very successful consecutive 88th edition of this prestigious event.”

First played in 1931 during the Colonial Sugar Refining era, the open has attracted the cream of Fijian golfers, with former World number one Vijay Singh posting back to back wins in 1981 and 1982.

Other notable winners includes players such as Mahmood Buksh, Shiu Sami Naidu, Daven Gopal, Arvind Lal, Mohammed Rafiq, Jalen Raman, Indra Warjan, Rajen Goundan,VK Singh and Daniel Nair Jr.

The current in-form winners includes players such as Amitesh Chandra, Olaf Allen Jr, Isei Waqa, Praneel Prasad, James Krishna and Prem Chand.

Three times winner and defending champion Abid Hussein starts as strong favourite to register his fourth victory.

Singh also commended Gary Barnett of Geotech Drilling for his continued generous sponsorship that will see amateurs compete for lucrative prizes, while the professionals will fight it out for the $50000 cash prizemoney.

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