Cel­e­bra­tion of Sport, Life

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There is less than 60 days to go un­til the Fiji In­ter­na­tional tees off at the Nata­dola Bay Cham­pi­onship Golf Course from on Oc­to­ber 6-9. The third stag­ing of the world-class tour­na­ment is shap­ing up to be the best yet and or­gan­is­ers are en­cour­ag­ing the peo­ple of Fiji to sup­port their big­gest sport­ing event. “The Fiji In­ter­na­tional is about more than just a golf tour­na­ment. It is a cel­e­bra­tion of Fiji, sport and life,” Har­mony Thomas, Event Man­ager of the Fiji In­ter­na­tional said. “The or­gan­is­ing team work hard to en­sure that the best parts of Fiji; our friendly hos­pi­tal­ity, ar­tisian skills and lo­cal pro­duce are all on dis­play to the com­pet­ing golf pro­fes­sion­als and to the world via our 20 hours of live in­ter­na­tional broad­cast. “But we are also work­ing hard to make the Fiji In­ter­na­tional an event that the peo­ple of Fiji en­joy at­tend­ing. We want to see a large and proud Fi­jian crowd cheer­ing on their own play­ers but also mak­ing the in­ter­na­tional play­ers feel wel­come.”

Golf en­thu­si­asts will be en­ter­tained by one of the strong­est fields in the tour­na­ments three year history. Al­ready world No. 22 Brandt Snedeker of the United States and Fiji’s own three time Ma­jor cham­pion Vi­jay Singh have an­nounced their in­ten­tion to com­pete in the tour­na­ment.

They will be sup­ported by a cast of tal­ented Aus­tralian play­ers in­clud­ing 20 win­ners on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Aus­trala­sia. For the first time play­ers from Euro­pean coun­tries will travel to Fiji to com­pete in the Fiji In­ter­na­tional with the tour­na­ment now co-sanc­tioned by the Euro­pean Tour; one of the big­gest pro­fes­sional golf tours in the world. “We are so ex­cited by how the Fiji In­ter­na­tional field is shap­ing up. A high qual­ity field is in­te­gral to the in­ter­na­tional suc­cess of a golf tour­na­ment,” Thomas said. “Snedeker at­tend­ing is a huge op­por­tu­nity. Hav­ing the top play­ers in the world com­pet­ing is a huge en­dorse­ment for the Fiji In­ter­na­tional and will help draw more stars in the fu­ture. “Along with an ex­tremely strong field from Aus­tralia we have had play­ers from coun­tries like Den­mark, Wales, Eng­land, Italy and In­dia ex­press­ing a de­sire to tee it up in the Fiji In­ter­na­tional.”

While the qual­ity of golf on dis­play will be in­cred­i­ble the Fiji In­ter­na­tional is more than just a golf tour­na­ment.

It’s a spec­ta­cle which is de­signed to pro­vide all Fi­jians with an ex­cit­ing and fun ex­pe­ri­ence. With tick­ets avail­able to be pur­chased on the gate at the Fiji In­ter­na­tional and chil­dren al­lowed in for free the tour­na­ment hopes to pro­vide a fun day out for fam­i­lies. At the Fiji In­ter­na­tional you can learn how to play golf, re­lax with friends in the tour­na­ment vil­lage or celebrity spot with many Fi­jian and in­ter­na­tional celebri­ties in­clud­ing Aus­tralian rugby leg­end Ge­orge Gre­gan to be in at­ten­dance.

“At the Fiji In­ter­na­tional we are aim­ing to cul­ti­vate a cel­e­bra­tory at­mo­sphere that every­one will en­joy,” Thomas said. “We re­ally hope to see more spec­ta­tors than ever come to sup­port the Fiji In­ter­na­tional, this is Fiji’s big­gest sport­ing event, it’s an event that be­longs to the peo­ple of Fiji and we hope every­one comes to en­joy it.”

“Hav­ing a large crowd at the Fiji In­ter­na­tional helps to create the fun at­mo­sphere that the play­ers love. When­ever I chat with the play­ers about what they have en­joyed most about the Fiji In­ter­na­tional, they say the peo­ple and how wel­come they are made to feel dur­ing their time in Fiji.” While walk­ing around the golf course, and get­ting amongst the ac­tion is a fun way to ex­pe­ri­ence the Fiji In­ter­na­tional, there are also a num­ber of cor­po­rate hos­pi­tal­ity op­tions for those look­ing for a lit­tle more glam­our on the greens. The Paradise Club al­lows you to en­joy all the ac­tion of the world-class golf while over­look­ing the 18th from the heights of the club­house. Take your pick of ve­randa lounges, so­cialise in the green­side bure, or sit down for a meal in­side. A Paradise Club ticket in­cludes one day ac­cess for: ac­cess to the golf course and Paradise Club for one day, buf­fet lunch, af­ter­noon tea, drinks pack­age, Fiji In­ter­na­tional gift, VIP car park pass, daily ap­pear­ances by PGA Pro­fes­sion­als, TV screen­ing with live feed from the course and daily lucky door prizes. The Nata­dola Beach Oasis is where golf meets the beach. Lo­cated on one of the sig­na­ture holes, you can en­joy all the ex­cite­ment of the stun­ning par-3, 4th hole, while so­cial­is­ing on the beach. The Nata­dola Beach Oasis daily ticket in­cludes: ac­cess to the golf course and Nata­dola Beach Oasis, walk and fork lunch served from midday to 3pm, drinks pack­age, VIP car park ac­cess, Fiji In­ter­na­tional gift and en­ter­tain­ment on the beach. For more in­for­ma­tion about the Fiji In­ter­na­tional please visit fi­ji­in­ter­na­tional.com

Photo: Fiji In­ter­na­tional

Par­tic­i­pants at the 2015 Fiji In­ter­na­tional at the Nata­dola Bay Cham­pi­onship Golf Course.

Photo: Fiji In­ter­na­tional

Par­tic­i­pants at the 2015 Fiji In­ter­na­tional at the Nata­dola Bay Cham­pi­onship Golf Course.

Photo: Fiji In­ter­na­tional

David Smail digs his way out of the bunker dur­ing the 2015 Fiji In­ter­na­tional at the Nata­dola Bay Cham­pi­onship Golf Course.

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