The 2019 Vanuatu Golf Open has kickstarted its programs at the Port Vila Golf and Country Club this week.
A member of the organizing committee, Dylan Higgins, said both the committee and the Professional Golfers Association are very excited to organize the event. With the golf area in Mele in good shape, Mr Higgins said that they are looking forward to running a successful event this year.
In regards to the Vanuatu Golf Association and their junior development program, Mr Higgins said that the event also coincides with the youth development program which took place yesterday morning and will continue today. Mr Higgins said that spectating is free and all young boys and girls can come and enjoy watching the participants in action.
On behalf of the PGA, Mr Higgins acknowledges the VGA for hosting the event, saying they look forward to another successful event here in Vanuatu.
One professional female participant, from Victoria, Australia, Angela Tatt, who first attended the event last year, said that she is happy to be here and is looking forward to the competition. She said compared to last year’s event, she is happy to be onboard and hopes it doesn’t rain.
Angela said it is an amazing event and invites all to come over, expressing that she will be back for more competitions in the years ahead.
A male PRO-AM participant also from Australia, Steve Johnston, said he is very happy to be here. Once a resident in Port Vila, Steve said he has participated in the 2013 VGO and is happy to be back. He said that Vanuatu is not a strange place and says that he is looking forward to a round of good golf competitions.
The VGO will see 46 professionals from Australia, New Zealand, England, Fiji and New Caledonia all looking to take home the lion’s share of AU$50,000 in prize money.
The 2019 VGO winner will be crowned on Sunday afternoon.