Dates confirmed for OneAsia’s new Fiji International tournament

Organisers have confirmed the inaugural Fiji International golf tournament will take place on August 14-17.

The new OneAsia and PGA Tour of Australasia-sanctioned event will be contested for a minimum prize fund of $1m (€735,000) at the Natadola Bay Championship Golf Course.

Set to run for five years at the same venue, PGA of Australia chief executive Brian Thorburn hopes the Fiji International’s prime position in the calendar one week after golf’s final major of the year, the US PGA Championship, will help to “attract a quality field”.

The Fiji International will be broadcast globally via OneAsia’s television platform and is expected to produce a multi-million dollar boost for the Fijian economy, with tournament promoter Sports & Entertainment Limited confident the scheduling bodes well for commercial opportunities.

“The Fiji International is one of the most unique commercial opportunities seen in the region for years,” Basil Scaffidi, managing director of SEL, said. “Because of the setting and culture, the Fiji International is far from a traditional golf tournament, giving us great flexibility and creativity in terms of the opportunities on offer.”