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Lote Tuqiri and George Gregan to be brand ambassadors at the Fiji International

Fiji’s Lote Tuqiri and former Australian Wallabies Captain, George Gregan will be Brand Ambassadors in the 2016 Fiji International Golf Tournament. This year’s professional golf tournament will be held from 6th – 9th of October 2016 at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course, home to the Fiji International since its inception in 2014. Minister for […]

Luke Nacei

August 8, 2016 7:00 am

Fiji’s Lote Tuqiri and former Australian Wallabies Captain, George Gregan will be Brand Ambassadors in the 2016 Fiji International Golf Tournament.

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Brand Ambassadors confirmed to attend include former Australian Wallabies Captain, George Gregan, and Fiji’s Lote Tuqiri, who have signed on as Ambassadors for the 2016 Fiji International.

This year’s professional golf tournament will be held from 6th – 9th of October 2016 at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course, home to the Fiji International since its inception in 2014.

Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya while officiating at a press briefing said the inclusion of the two top rugby players is another milestone achievement for the Fiji International generating interest from followers of rugby to support golf in Fiji.

Minister Koya said that through the brand ambassadors, rugby fans would help advance golf as a sport locally.

KOYA: “The Fijian Government is committed to raising the standards of sports in Fiji and the new core sanctioning relationship between PGA Australian and the European Tour, we have leveraged the profile of the Fiji International to another level.”

Minister for Industry, Tourism and Trade Faiyaz Koya (left) and CEO of PGA Australia Brian Thorburn with the Fiji International Trophy after the press conference. (DEPTFO)
Minister for Industry, Tourism, and Trade Faiyaz Koya (left) and CEO of PGA Australia Brian Thorburn with the Fiji International Trophy after the press conference. (DEPTFO)

He said that professional Fijian Golfer Vijay Singh has been a great ambassador to Fiji. He will be back to support the tournament in his third consecutive year and to show his support for Fiji following Tropical Cyclone Winston.

KOYA: “His presence will not only boost Fiji’s position as a must go to destination for golf enthusiasts but also build our capacity to host international events. Vijay’s participation will also be alongside World No. 22 Brandt Snedeker at the Fiji International.

PGA of Australia, chief executive officer, Brian Thorburn said the tournament showcases that Fiji is open for business.

THORBURN: “The Fiji International plays a big role in that and we aim to grow Fiji as a golfing destination.”

This year’s prize money has also increased by 30percent compared to 2015 from AUS$1.1million to AUS$1.5million.

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