One of Fiji’s best ever golfers Dinesh Chand is heading home in August to compete in the Fiji International.
Chand, a Fijian Professional golfer who now plays mainly in Japan, says he’s looking forward to supporting the PGA Tour of Australasia and OneAsia tournament in its first year.
“It just feels great, I am so proud to be a Fijian,” said Chand who hasn’t played in Fiji since he turned Professional over 20 years ago.
“It will be very different playing in front of our home crowd. We are very small island and to have such a big event is a dream.”
Alongside Vijay Singh, Chand is one of Fiji’s most successful golfers. In a career spanning more than twenty years, Chand has won three times on the Japan Golf Tour and twice on the Japan Challenge Tour.
He has represented Fiji on several occasions in the World Cup of Golf (playing alongside Singh) and also played one of golf’s biggest tournaments, the British Open, twice.
Growing up in Fiji Chand was introduced to golf at an early age and looked up to the former World No. 1 Singh, who is also returning to Fiji to compete in the tournament.
As a 10-year-old, Chand used to skip school and run over to the golf course to pick up Singh’s practice balls. Chand says he’s looking forward to their paths crossing again in August.
“The last time I saw (Vijay) was in Japan where we played same tournament,” he said.
“This will be very big for golf in Fiji.”
Supported by the Fiji Government, the inaugural Fiji International will be played from Thursday 14th to Sunday 17th August at Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course.
Fiji’s Vijay Singh is also confirmed to compete in the golf tournament.
Visit www.fijiinternational.com for further information.