UPA (Utanian Press Agency)
Release: January 26, 301 AP.
Kanharan nation celebrate their own golfing legend
Kanhara had a new reason to celebrate Confederation Day (January 26th) as one of their
own, Goran Rannatosu, stamps his mark on the world and wins the Lilimea Lendosan Open.
Rannatosu had never been as close to winning as in this tournament. Edging ahead in the
first two rounds with spectacular six under each time. He slipped on the third day, with a
three-under, such that he was only three ahead of nearest rivals Caboteniasa's Paulo Senaduro
and Deucoland's Ramon Kirch. He slipped to as little as only one ahead of Seaduro, and took
some very convincing putts to squeak ahead one shot of Senaduro for the day, who came in
three-under, and Kirch who fumbled to one-under, and retain his convincing lead to win the
Rannatosu was ecstatic, winning not only Utania's first golfing win, but also winning
a very comfortable Û2.16 million (ChC720,000). His immediate reaction was to confirm
with his manager that his flight home was confirmed - he was going to Kanhara City to celebrate
Confederation Day with his fellow Kanharans. And so he did, being awarded a medal of honour by
Chief Motu, the king of the Kanharan people, albeit at the behest of the Chief's modernising
son, for his exploits overseas advancing the profile of the Kanharan people. After this, the
23-year old gifted Û500,000 to the Peoples Advancement Fund, an educational and
charitable foundation that provides educational scholarships to young Kanharans.
Golfing became a national sport when then-President Hope sponsored three golfers in
July last year. This did not change public perceptions of the majority of Utani very quickly,
who still held to the belief that golf was the game of the oppressors, the Uta-Decashi who
ruled over them. Amea Aretesuna, especially, was victim to a great deal of persecution from
his aristocratic family for playing the game he loves. He was particularly elated for the
young tournament winner.
While Rannatosu was the youngest and considered least likely to succeed, he scored well
enough to provide a living for himself. Now, with a win on the IGT, and a medal from the
Kanharan chief, Kanharans, indeed all Utani, are starting to believe that maybe this game
should be tolerated at least.
©UPA, 301 AP.
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