2016 fiji in­ter­na­tional golf OUR BIG­GEST and best tour­na­ment so far

mailife - - Sports - By MOIZ MUNIF pho­tos by PGA OF AUS­TRALIA

Nata­dola Bay golf course was the per­fect set­ting for a com­pe­ti­tion that can only be de­scribed as a tri­umph. The course was as beau­ti­ful as ever as they hosted the Fiji In­ter­na­tional Golf event for its third year and it has com­pletely lived up to its ex­pec­ta­tions. They promised to be “Big­ger, Bolder and Bet­ter” and they cer­tainly did that. The course was sim­ply in­cred­i­ble. Its beauty and level of dif­fi­culty is what makes this com­pe­ti­tion so ap­peal­ing to such world-class com­peti­tors. This year it at­tracted the at­ten­tion of many in­clud­ing Fi­jis own Vi­jay Singh and Amer­i­can Brandt Snedeker who took the ti­tle this year. The crowds seemed to be en­joy­ing them­selves in the sun go­ing through what the event had to of­fer, stalls, mer­chan­dise, food and drink and even a free med­i­cal check-up tent. Var­i­ous golfers were cheered on dur­ing the course of the event that proved that lo­cals had a keen in­ter­est in the sport. The beau­ti­ful sun­shine held for the com­pe­ti­tion but, in true Fiji fash­ion, it didn’t last as it started to rain just af­ter the com­pe­ti­tion had fin­ished. How­ever, this didn’t tar­nish the cel­e­bra­tory mood as there was a huge tra­di­tional cer­e­mony planned for this year’s win­ner - in­clud­ing hon­orary kava and singing from the lo­cal Nata­dola Choir. The tra­di­tions in Fiji are hugely val­ued and it’s a very big hon­our for any­one to be re­warded in such a fash­ion so not only did the win­ner get a share from the $1.5 mil­lion Fi­jian dol­lars but also got a tra­di­tional cer­e­mony in which he was gar­landed and a bowl of kava. The au­di­ence loved it. It was a true in­sight into the Fi­jian cul­ture and they lapped it up. Hav­ing had a fun day in the sun with good food and stalls to buy sou­venirs and then meet some Fi­jian heroes such as Fiji 7s play­ers rep Osea Kolin­isau, Emosi Mulevoro and was joined by Miss World Fiji Pooja Priyanka

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