Invest Samoa Golf Open launches
Samoa Golf Incorporated (S.G.I.) launched its Invest Samoa Open 2019 last Monday at the Fagalii Golf Course.
The 54 hole event commences today at the Royal Samoa Country Club with the official prize giving to be held at Taumeasina Island Resort on Friday.
Speaking to Senior State Manager of P.G.A. Australia, David Barker said the tournament is a world recognised tournament that is sanctioned by the P.G.A. of Australia.
"It’s run on the Pro-Am PGA’s circuit which means we get players from Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific who come and play and earn order of merit points to help them further their careers in golf," he said.
Last year, Sydney-based professional Alex Edge walked away with the Samoa Open Champion title and is now back to Samoa where he will tee-it up in this week's Samoa Open.
"I'm excited to be defending the title. Sure there will be some nerves but I'm feeling good about my game and looking forward to it," he says, in the media release.
Barker said more than 50 professional players will play this week, with three locals included.
Held in conjunction with the professional competition, the Samoa Samoa National Amateur Golf champions will be staged with the leading players staking their claim to compete in the upcoming Pacific Games.
The pool of competitors includes last year's runner up, Michael Wright, multiple Samoa Open winner, Peter Wilson, and internationally recognised golfer Michel Harwood.
"We’ve got Michel Harwood who is coming back to play and Michael is in the seniors category but he was the runner up in the 1991 British Open.
"The last time he was in Samoa was nearly 35 years ago and actually won the Samoan Golf Open last time he was here.
"So it’s his first time back and he’s looking to win the Senior Open, along with the Samoa Open title," he told Samoa Observer.
P.G.A. Australia has been sanctioning tournaments in Samoa for more than 20 years and it is a regular event players look forward to come to each year, said Barker.
He said the amount of professional players has not increased over the years.
"But I think the development of the amateur play definitely has increased and a lot of these players that have been to either college or university golf in America or New Zealand.
"The development of amateur play is just far better than it was 10 or 20 years ago," he said.