By Josefa MakabaSaturday, October 20, 2012
Labaibure said the PNG team would give the locals a very good test when competition starts at the Pearl Resort Golf Club this morning.
PNG has registered 40 teams for the tournament while Fiji has also registered the same number of teams.
Labaibure said the Fiji teams would need to lift their performance if they wanted to claim the title.
"We expect a very good clash especially as we have some top players from both countries taking part," Labaibure said.
"Fiji will be led by the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau and I expect a very strong performance from the local players."
PNG PM Peter O'Neill will be leading his side.
Other prominent locals who will take part include former prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka, Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, Minister for Sport Viliame Naupoto, Sir Jim Ah Koy, Ratu Isoa Gavidi, Ratu Tu'uakitau Cokanauto and Sir Timoci Tuivaga.
Labaibure said the tournament starts at 10am with PNG PM O'Neill the first to tee-off.
"We expect to round off competition by 5pm and the PNG PM will be the chief guest at presentation of prizes."