Busy day on the Papara worldwide golf facet this Sunday. 136 gamers of various ranges and ages competed in a scramble that closed the 3 days of competitors for the 31st version of the Fei Pi Open. An actual success for the organizers, as confirmed by Guy Lousan: “It’s huge all these registered players! (…) About thirty children came to take part in this Open. It’s fantastic to see them working, playing… it’s the future of Polynesian golf. (…) it’s a complete sport, where you walk a lot. It is also democratizing. (…) Golf is really a sport in its own right that must be followed closely“. Two new categories have been added for this new edition: veterans and “kids”.
To cowl the 7 kilometer course, everybody has their very own technique. While some select the extra conventional one, which consists of pushing a cart, others choose for the cart, which is extra snug. But an alternate additionally exists with the autonomous electrical trolley. A brand new technology choice that mixes enterprise with pleasure. But it does not matter the mode of transport: the most necessary factor is the competitors. Because the Fei Pi Open makes it potential to honor the future and present prodigies of the little white ball.
Among the girls, it’s Rarau Taerea-Pani who wins simply. The reigning Polynesian champion thus confirms her glorious kind following her participation in the Pacific Mini-Games organized in Saipan in the Mariana Islands final June: “It’s my club’s tournament, and it’s also a personal challenge for me. I want to surpass myself every time, to always play better. (…) I was eager to resume competitions”.
Among the males, it was Ari de Maeyer who made everybody agree by taking the victory. The double champion of Polynesia simply 17 years outdated, in sport-study in mainland France, admits having needed to handle the stress of the public: “I knew a lot was expected of me, it put a bit of pressure on me, but that’s okay. (…) It’s nice to come back to fenua, to play golf, and above all to win. (…) I had to leave to see the level elsewhere. The level is already quite high in France, it pushes me to become better. I train every day”.
Among the “kids”, it was Taimana Hargous who outclassed the 14 different contenders. The younger golf fanatic retains a cool head and already goals to rub shoulders with the world elite: “There was level, so I’m happy with my performance. The tournament was good, we had a lot of fun. (…) I would like to participate in other competitions abroad and take part in the world championships. I have already participated in July. It was a very good experience, I saw the level of other players from other countries. I still have to practice a lot before I get to the podium, but I will do everything to get there”.
Like Taimana, Polynesian golf and its 800 members stay decided to succeed in the heights of their self-discipline with the 2027 Pacific Games in sight.