Overseas bids for Lautoka

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Past winners of the Shop N Save-sponsored Lautoka Open championship with sponsor’s rep Anil Prasad (right). Picture: SUPPLIED

Next week’s Shop N Save-sponsored 91st Lautoka Open Golf Championship has attracted a top class field of golfers locally and overseas.

Wellington, New Zealand-based former national rep, Anuresh Chandra, with a record seven consecutive Ba Open Championship titles from 2007- 2013, will be one of the top contenders in the Sugar City battle.

Likewise, his younger brother Ritesh Chandra is part of the professional field flying in from the United Status.

Club president Chong Lee has confirmed a record number of entrants for the prestigious 18 holes Pro-Am stroke event next week, Saturday, November 26.

“The sponsorship has received a huge boost from Shop N Save directors, Neeshil Deo and Babu Rattan Deo that will see professional golfers competing for the cash prize purse of $5000,” Lee said.

“The amateurs will go head to head for prizes valued over $3000.

“James Pridegeon of Pacific Harbour is the defending champion in the amateur division, with home boy Roneel Prakash eager to make his mark with back to back wins in the professional category. Tomasi Tuivuna of Suva starts as the strong favourite alongside Anasa Seruvatu, Zoheer Ahmed, Amitesh Chandra, Bill Sorowale, Barron Hussein, Arvin Lal, Vikrant Chandra and Waisike Vati.

“We are not counting out the likes of veteran Mahmood Buksh, Nemani Ratumaiyale, Inoke Bolakoro, Taitusi Tuivuna, Munesh Prasad, Olaf Allen Jr and Praneel Prasad.

“The bonus attraction will be the sponsor’s sublimated Tee-shirts, lovo lunch and the after match cocktails.”

Players interested could contact Lee – 9924522 Amitesh Chandra – 9904250 Roneel Prakash – 9293148 Raymond Singh – 9027480.

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