Why Global Golf is not staging professional tourneys, by Sani
FRANCHISE holder of the World Golfers Championship in Nigeria, Global Golf Limited, says the lack of quality players amongst the ranks of Nigerian professional golfers remains the biggest reason it is not involved in sourcing tournaments for this calibre of players.According to the firm, with the dearth of sponsorship biting real hard, the few firms…
Woods primed for possible end to record 258-week reign
TIGER Woods has admitted his status as world number one is under threat at the Players Championship in Florida.Long-time rival Phil Mickelson will overtake him if he wins at Sawgrass and Woods finishes outside of the top five."I've had it happen before," a subdued Woods told a news conference ahead of golf's unofficial fifth major.Asked…
Tiger dwarfs plenty of 2009 memories
FOR some golf fans, February 19 effectively marked the start of the season. It was not because Phil Mickelson finally got his game on track with a 63 at Riviera, rather it was the day Tiger Woods posted a statement on his Web site that filled golf with optimism it had been missing for eight months. Announcing his return from knee surgery, Woods said: "I'm now ready to play again." What followed were plenty of memories in 2009. The fairy tale that turned into a heartbreaker at Turnberry when 59-year-old Tom Watson failed to make par from the middle of the 18th fairway and lost the British Open in a play-off, Henrik Stenson making more news for stripping down to his skivvies than for winning The Players Championship and Michelle Wie winning more tourneys than Vijay Singh.
I'm tapping from golfers' goodwill to save lives, says Imoke
ONLY in its second edition, the Mary Slesssor Charity Golf Tournament has met the objectives it was set up to, so says the originator of the tourney and wife of the Cross River State Governor, Mrs. Obioma Liyel Imoke. Concerned by the plight of abandoned children and pregnant teens that lack medical and emotional attention, Imoke incorporated a charity golf tourney into the yearly Calabar Carnival. The event was also to enhance tourism as well as attract more children and women into the game of golf as a healthy and rewarding sport that can be used as an empowerment tool.
NGF chief, Ojomo, deplores lack of standard golf courses in Nigeria
A DIRECTOR of the Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF), Austin Esosa Ojomo, has deplored the lack of standard golf courses in the country, saying the situation contributes to stalling the growth of the game in the country. Ojomo, a member of the Nigerian World Golfers Invitational (WGI) team to the recently concluded World Golfers Championship in Marbella, Spain, lamented that before his international debut, he thought that Ikoyi Club 1938 was one of the greatest golf courses around. "But the more I got involved in international golf, the more I realised that our courses do not meet international standards," he said. "This is a competition I always look forward to because you play in different courses and get different experiences. Out there in Spain, most of the courses are built on mountain side, which we see here as wastelands."
Dark horse Agbeyegbe emerges Nigeria's number one amateur golfer
ACROSS the country, his name does not ring bell as one of the regulars in recognised amateur open championships, but Sam Agbeyegbe of Ibori Golf and Country Club, Asaba, Delta State, has emerged Nigeria's number one amateur player in the national ranking computed by the Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF).
Golfers explore opportunities in Calabar as men, ladies take to course
AS senior and regular tour players numbering over 41 yesterday concluded their 36-hole act at the ongoing 2009 Mary Slessor Charity Golf Tournament taking place at the Calabar Golf Club, Army Junction, Calabar, wife of the state governor, Obioma Imoke, will this morning perform the ceremonial teeing to enable men, ladies and veteran players take to the course.
Dubai moves ahead with Tiger Woods course
WHILE Tiger Woods' business partners in Dubai would not comment on the golfer's personal woes, they are pushing ahead with plans to build a course bearing his name despite the emirate's cash problems.
Nigeria for 2010 Junior Open Championship in Scotland
A WINDOW of opportunity has opened for select Nigerian teenage golfers to show their stuff in next year's Junior Open Championship holding at Lundin Golf Club, Fife, Scotland. The championship, to be held alongside the 138th Open Championship at nearby St Andrews, will take place from July 12 to 14, 2010.
Wood's treatment was standard, says agent
TIGER Woods' agent has categorically denied that there was "illegality" involved in the world number one golfer's treatment by Dr. Anthony Galea, who was on Wednesday charged with selling an unapproved drug.
Odoh pulls out of four Sunshine Tour events
SHORTLY after he rued a string of missed events in South Africa's Sunshine Tour, former Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria (PGAN) Order of Merit leader, Oche Odoh, is returning home to be part of Akwa Ibom Open Golf Championship.
Montgomerie unhappy with Poulter over absence at Vivendi Trophy team
RYDER Cup captain, Colin Montgomerie, has criticised Ian Poulter for pulling out of Britain and Ireland's Vivendi Trophy team to face Continental Europe. Poulter joins Lee Westwood, Justin Rose and Europe's Sergio Garcia in rejecting places at what was the Seve Trophy.