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PRESS RELEASE 2015 Sheraton Fiji Villa Teams Challenge
The team known as ‘Top Of The South’, have just won the 2015 Sheraton Fiji Villa Teams Challenge, holding onto the mantel they won in 2014.
Team members included Peter and Shona Johnson, along with Mike Inwood and Tania Appelman, all members of the South Island golf club of Motueka, in New Zealand.
After four rounds of competition, all played at the Denarau Golf & Racquet Club, they finished six shots clear of the field. Points were scored in a modified stableford system that is used by tournament organisers PaR nz Golfing Holidays from Auckland, New Zealand.
Johnson’s, Inwood and Appelman were always near the top of the leader board, never scoring less than 210 points, where all four team players scores contribute daily. Their final score, 859 points.
On 853 points, in second place was the North Shore, New Zealand team known as Bob’s Mob. Team members, John Dunn and David Ambler are from the North Shore Golf Club, with Bob Nelligan and Keith Cullum from nearby Waitemata Golf Club. Nelligan and crew had never played as a team in the tournament before, although team captain Bob Nelligan had competed before with a different team.
Third place was awarded to ‘Who Cares’, an Australian team including past winners Sandy and Colin Nicholson from Wakehurst and Avalon golf clubs in Sydney, paired this year with Cromer members, Brian and Margaret Naylor. ‘Who Cares’ finished 12 shots back on 841 points.
Best placed locals, all DG&RC members, included Mohammed Faiyaz with his mixed New Zealand and Australian team in 7th place on 824 points, four shots ahead of the ‘Lokol’s’ comprising Tiri Naylor, Joy Leslie, Gary Felton and Alf Bowerman.
Tracey Duncan, Paula Greenville, Trevor Fox and Sulu Brook combined in another local team known as the ‘Denarau Flyers’. They finished in a tie for 13th place, out of the 17 teams entered.
The best round of the tournament was scored in yesterday’s third round, by ‘Chook Mung Numb Moy’, a credible 231 points. Team members included regular Fiji visitors Grant and Sue Campbell, joined with Sue and Andrew Roberston, all New Zealanders. For the Campbell’s and Robertson’s, it was however not only the best round of the day but also a round that could not be matched by any other daily performance and they finished well down the table.
Tournament organisers, Denise Langdon and Kim Buckley have just spent two weeks in Fiji hosting the Villa Teams Challenge and the 13th Sheraton Denarau Women’s Golf Classic that concluded last Friday, 7th August.
Winners of the 2015 Sheraton Denarau Women’s Golf Classic were Diane Brown and Suzie Lang, both Kiwi’s and members of Kaipoi GC and Turangi GC respectively.
In total over 180 golfers have been competing on the Sheraton owned Denarau course over the last two weeks, with an estimated spend including air fares, accommodation, food, and other sightseeing, of over FJD $720,000.
“These two tournaments are extremely important to our business not only historically, but for the fun and camaraderie they create,” noted tournament director, Denise Langdon. “The women’s golf tournament was the first international event that we hosted 13 years ago. We are currently working with the Sheraton, other suppliers and key sponsors on the 2016 tournaments that will be hosted at a similar time, back on the Denarau Golf Course. The contribution to the local economy is significant, which we are mindful of.”
PaR nz Golfing Holidays are expected to confirm shortly the following dates for 2016. Play will be scheduled for the Sheraton Denarau Women’s Golf Classic from the 01 August to the 05 August, with the tournament welcome and registration on Sunday 30 July. The annual Sheraton Fiji Villa Team Championship will then follow on, with play starting on Monday 08 August.
For more information contact
PaR nz Golfing Holidays
Phone +64 275 662 385