Work on preparing the course for the golf tournament for the SOL2023 Pacific Games is all set.
The Games Organizing Committee (GOC) Golf Competition Coordinator, Mr. John Ipo, said Functional Areas (FAs) and the Honiara Golf Club President and his executive have been instrumental in rendering services to get the course and facilities ready for the golfers.
However, there are a few important tasks that are yet to be completed this week, such as final trimmings of the fairway as well as the rough, tee signage and tee markers, and final mowing of the greens, plus daily mowing during roll-out of competition days.
Ten countries are confirmed to participate in golf: the Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Fiji, New Caledonia, PNG, Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Tahiti, Tonga, and Vanuatu. A total of 69 players will take part in the competition (38 men and 31 women).
Mr. Ipo stated that Honiara Golf is a 9-hole course, and the competition will involve men and women’s individual events and team events in a four-round competition over a four-day period.
“The competition will begin on Wednesday, November 22nd, and conclude on Saturday, November 25th.
“The competition will be played in a front-nine and back-nine format to complete the 18 holes each day.”
“After the four rounds (days), all the competition results will be tallied to determine the medal winners.”
The medal ceremony will take place after the final play at the Honiara Golf Club.
The competition coordinator looks forward to teaming up with the technical delegates during the game.
More than 20 volunteers have signed up to support the GOC and officials in delivering the golf competition.