Abakaliki Ladies Open Championship a dream come true, says Fonne
In what could be summarised as dress rehearsal/fundraising, Abakaliki Ladies unanimously came out in their numbers over the weekend to boost the organization of the club’s first ever Ladies Open Championship, scheduled to hold from November 4 to 7, 2021.
The fundraising event, according to Enene Fonne, the Lady Captain of the Club, was a huge success, which implies the stage is certainly set for the Ladies Open Championship.
According to the Lady Captain, the success of the event has set the tone for a truly revolutionary women movement in golf development in Ebonyi State.
She added: “The ladies set a dress rehearsal/fundraising dinner. It was well attended by members of Abakaliki Golf Club (AGC); and it flagged off the donation with six digits; the dinner lasted with several donations and pledges that will be redeemed before the tournament.
“I’m optimistic that members will not only sign up, but would want to ensure the tournament succeeds.”
The Lady Captain appealed to all prospective participants to register for the event.
Also speaking on the competition, the Captain of the Club, Tony Egwu, challenged members of Abakiliki Golf Club to support the women to give the club the desired elevation, attention and recognition.
He said: “Without the ladies in the club, we will not be balanced and the excitement will be minimal.
“The presence of ladies make the club complete and exciting, the club is one, the success of the Ladies Section is the success of the entire club. So, I appeal that we support the ladies financially and materially to move the Club forward.”
Followers of the game in Ebonyi State say that in its 23 years of existence, one man, Prof Brown Ejikeme, made the establishment of the Ladies Section a dream come true as well as the greening of the course.
Affirming the importance of Ejikeme to Abakiliki Golf Club, Fonne said: “He appreciated me for my ingenuity and appreciated all lady golfers for the huge success in ensuring that we are enlisted nationally.”