Independence Day golf: 250 golfers light up Abuja
by The Sun
No fewer than 250 amateur golfers yesterday participated in a golf tournament to mark Nigeria’s 55th Independence Day anniversary at the IBB International Golf and Country Club (IBB golf) Abuja.
According to the organizers, activities at the IBB golf course would spill into the weekend, as no fewer than 20 Ghanaian golfers would storm Nigeria today (Friday) to participate in the Annual Nigeria, Ghana play golf friendly tournament starting on Saturday.
While commenting on the Independence Day tournament, the chairman organizing committee, Okey Igweh, in a chat with journalists after the tee-off, said the event was a measure golfers wanted to use to celebrate Nigeria.
“The tournament is to commemorate Nigeria’s 55th Independence and to mark the renewed hope of Nigerians in the country. We want to use golf to celebrate in our little way the glimpse of hope and changes we desired for. As members of IBB golf club and as Nigerians, we want to use the tournament to wish the country well now and the future,” he noted.
Speaking further on the mileage golf has achieved since independence, the former golfer said: “I have to admit that a small group of people play golf in the country. It is a sports that is very much misconstrued because there is this perception that golf is not a game everybody plays.”
“But in reality, it actually opens doors of opportunities for those interested. We want to appeal to people to pick more interest in the game. It is a sport that all Nigerians can participate,” he appealed.
Similarly, another participant, JK Gadzama (SAN) equally added his voice to the tournament, noting: “As golfers, we are here once again, in our usual tradition, to gather here and play golf to celebrate this great country. Our friends came all the way from Ghana to join us in the celebration.”
“I must admit that golf has not progressed to the extent we want it but the foundation has been laid. We want to see Nigerians competing with Tiger Woods at different international tournaments in different parts of the world but we have our limitation like inadequate funding. We have done well in creating awareness now,” he added.