Golfers to compete at the Vanuatu Open this weekend

Local and international golfers are set to compete at the ‘Vanuatu Open’ this weekend, ending Sunday 3rd August 2017.

​The Vanuatu Golf Open is played annually at The Port Vila Golf and Country Club, Vanuatu’s only 18 hole Championship Course and has been played for over 30 years and this weekend is the 33rd version of the tournament.

The event attracts professionals and Amateurs from many South Pacific Countries including New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, New Caledonia and the Solomon Islands.

The VGO is now a significant event on the South Pacific golfing calendar with professional golfer returning annually to Vanuatu to enjoy the hospitality and hopefully take home some of the purse on offer, while some turn their visit into an annual golfing holiday, bringing both family and friends to either play or just plain holiday.

According to VGO website, the event can accommodate up to 180 players and is open to Professionals golfers and especially Men and Lady Amateurs.

The 2017 event major sponsor and has the naming right is ‘The Anchor Inn Port Vila’ and will now be a fully sanctioned Australian PGA event.

Fijian professional Sam Lee has already departed with the Team Fiji golfers to compete at the Vanuatu Open this weekend, according to Fiji Sun.

He is accompanied by Abid Hussein and Asish Chand and the Team Fiji junior team includes 22-year-old FNU student Ufemia Naisara who has been playing golf for the last 15 years.

Also in the team are Niko Rees, Holy Trinity Year eight student Wonu Hwang and Suva Grammar student Dawi Jee who are going to represent Fiji for the first time.

The team managers are Nigel Gounder and Rose Sue.

This is the first time for the team to be part of the event as all will make their debut.