Over 150 young golfers from various golf clubs across the country have registered to compete in this year’s IBB ladies section junior golf championship.
The 12th edition of the championship, which teed off on the 15th of August at the IBB international golf club Abuja is expected to nurture young golfers to compete for the Olympics.
Unveiling the programme for the competition, The lady captain of the club, Nanfe Audu said the reason for the championship is to be able to have young golfers that can represent Nigeria in the near future.
According to her, “We want to make the game go down to the grassroots, we want the children coming from all over the country to have confidence and passion for the country. For this year we have over 150 children competing. It’s good to develop them from a younger age and before you know they will become international stars.”
The achievement that we have now is the boy from Ekiti state who won last year and was given scholarship. With encouragement and more golf tournament of this type we will be able to produce more golfers that can represent Nigeria very well,” she added
In similar vein, Chairman Board of Trustees of the club, Major General Haruna noted that the competition will enable them get the ones that will become professionals tomorrow.
He said, “This competition is for the young generation of children. This is a stage we start grooming them to play tournaments, hopefully they will represent us in future olympics. The benefit is that over the years we didn’t have children coming to the golf course but now parents have started to nurture the young ones and they have gotten to the stage that they play tournaments.”
“We are building the children to come to the world stage, we are the greatest black nation in the world and they must join the world to be greatest golf players.”