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Vikrant Chandra, who studied law from USP, competed in his first New Zealand professional golf event on February 1-2. The two day NZD20, 000, Pro-Am was played over the two courses at Eketahuna and Masterton. This was followed by another four events, including an attempt to qualify for the $900,000 New Zealand Open.

“Certainly a true test for those looking to understand what life on tour could be all about. Survival! Especially when winning the event was not the most important goal, but being consistent enough to finish in the qualifying top eight. Chandra did this with consistent rounds of 75 76, 76 to be tied in seventh position,” NZPGA said. While talking exclusively to USP Media, Chandra said it felt great to achieve the goals he had set out to achieve late last year.“through the good campus life, and online studies of law, it did give me a lot of time to practice and play golf.”

However for any successful athlete results come at a price. For Chandra he left his law practice last August to completely focus on golf from September in the hope of qualifying through NZPGA. “This (golf) is my work now as I will be earning a living from playing this,” he said. Ecstatic Chandra also reminisced his days at USP saying “through the good campus life, and online studies of law, it An alumnus from The University of the South Pacific has finally received the biggest break of his professional golf career. did give me a lot of time to practice and play golf”.

“Some lecturers were very helpful in extending my assignment due dates, whilst some were hesitant too”.

Nonetheless passionate Chandra is now blissful about his golfing career. “My short term aim is to golf in New Zealand and hopefully get a start in the Fiji International in August this year but in the long run, I want to represent Fiji in the Rio Olympics”.

To be so passionate about anything can only come from a true role model and for this young golfer his parents (Pradeep and Anubha Chandra) were the ones who inspired him the most.

A balanced diet, physical wellbeing, mental stability, time management, pure hard work and support from his family are the secret to Chandra’s success story.

“No question that this achievement by Chandra is a significant step in his progress towards representing Fiji at the 2016 Olympics,” said NZPGA

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