PGA The Fiji International is officially underway as the stars of world sport came together last night to celebrate the commencement of Fijis most prestigious golf tournament.
Hosted by the PGA of Australia and Sports and Entertainment Limited (SEL) at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort, attendees were treated to a spectacular evening which drew government, sporting and celebrity personalities alike.
Former Australian Cricketer Brendon Julian was on hand to oversee official proceedings with opening speeches made by the CEO of the PGA, Brian Thorburn together with SELs managing Director, Basil Scaffidi and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama.
An assembly of Fijian Government dignitaries were also attended, including His Excellency President of the Republic Fiji, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau as well as Tourism Minister Faiyaz Koya and Sports Minister Laisenia Tuitubou.
Securing the PGA was definitely a hole-in-one for Fiji. And Im delighted to be here tonight to officially launch the tournament, which is even bigger and better than the inaugural event last year, said Mr Bainimarama.
The Fijian Government is very pleased to continue its partnership with PGA Australia into the second tournament after our highly successful inaugural event last year.
Mr Thorburn expressed his gratitude for the support of the Fijian Government, which is central in the success of the Fiji International, and showed appreciation for their backing.
Rugby was also well represented with Fiji 7s Coach Ben Ryan along with the Vodafone Fiji Rugby 7s team World Champions Osea Kolinisau and Emosi Mulevoro all in attendance.
But the night wouldnt have been complete without the marquee professionals. Former World Number 1 Vijay Singh, World Number 16 Matt Kuchar and Fiji International defending champion Steve Jeffress each attended and were recognised during the evening, with Singh and Kuchar answering questions.
Mr Thorburn also pointed out the impact Singh has had on the Fiji International in its short life and his assistance in putting the tournament on an international platform.
Youve put the country of Fiji on the world map, youve designed an unbelievable golf course at Natadola Bay and youve helped us put our tournament on the international stage of great golf tournaments.
The Fiji International will be played at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Club from the15-18 October and will be broadcast internationally on FoxSports.