Fifth year for annual golf event

Seemab Akbar chips on during the Jack Akbar trophy tournament at the Vatuwaqa Golf Course in Suva on Thursday, September 12, 2019. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

GOLFERS from around the Suva area and a few from Australia gathered at the Fiji Golf Club course yesterday for the annual Jack Akbar Trophy tournament which is organised for the Fiji Senior Golfers Association in the country.

The golf tournament which is held every year is organised in memory of veteran golfer Mohammed Razak Akbar, commonly known as Jack Akbar, who devoted his life to the sport.

His son, Seemab Akbar who was the organiser of the tournament, said they had been running the event for the fifth year attracting many senior golfers from across Suva.

“This is the fifth year going and it is a tournament held in memory of my dad who passed on six years ago. He played golf all his life and was also part of the Fiji Senior Golfers Association and it is something I thought of continuing as a part of his legacy,” said Akbar.

Jack Akbar is the founder of Akbar Engineering Ltd, a former president of Suva Jaycees, an active member of the Fiji Muslim League, chairman of Bayly Clinic; he also became a Justice of Peace and one of the Fijians honoured by the Queen with an MBE before he later passed on overseas.

“Because of my dad, I took up the sport of golf. I had always been interested in tennis and soccer but he was the reason I joined golf. He was a fantastic man, very generous and loving,” said Akbar.

About 50 golfers took part in this year’s tournament.

“I brought over some golfers from Australia and we have a few here from Suva and some from Nausori and the aim of the tournament is just to bring these golfers together to enjoy a day of golf in memory of my dad,” he said.

The tournament ended yesterday Results: Nett Winner Shield: Ishwar Nand Nett- 70, Ladies Winner: Margie Browne Nett-72, Ladies Runner Up- Sai Yee Nett 79, Mens Winner- Thiphat Hussen Nett- 70, Mens runner up- Vijay Madhavan Nett 71, Non-Senior Winner- Timo Nett- 67, Non-Senior runner up- Zack Nett-79. Nearest to the pin: NTP 2 Steven Yam, NTP 5 Hazeem Hussein, NTP 12 Abdul Hakim, NTP 16 Peter

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