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Expectations high as IBB Ladies Open Championship tees off

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The 21st IBB Ladies Open Championship, which teed off yesterday, holds the key to the aspirations of many Nigerian women golfers. For apart from the opportunity to compete with some of the best players from across the continent, the competition will afford the players the opportunity to garner ranking points that would boost their careers.

Unveiling the programme for the competition, which will end tomorrow, head of the tournament’s organising committee, Maryrose Richard-Obioha disclosed that the tournament is listed on the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) calendar.

According to Richard-Obiora, the committee will collate and send the scores to WARG, which will do the analysis and then rank the ladies.

She disclosed that 160 ladies are billed to compete in the three-day event out of the 260 players listed for the tournament.

“We have never had anybody ranked from here. But I hope at the end of this tournament, some of the ladies will be ranked. And for the first time, Nigeria will be on the ranking as well,” Richard-Obiora said.

The competition will feature eight Ugandans, one from Sweden, two from Botswana and a Zambian player.

The ceremonial tee-off was expected to be conducted by Sports Minister, Solomon Dalung yesterday at the IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja.

According to the programme, ladies in the Handicap 0- 28 flight and veteran players within Handicap 0-36 will take to the course today.


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