Golfers brace for Copa Cobana tourney in Brazil
Another opportunity beckons for golf players and enthusiasts in the country, as Royal Development Golf has concluded arrangement to stage Copa Cobana Golf tournament, with four top qualifiers participating in the grand finale in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2019.
In a build up to the event in Brazil, a tournament organised by Royal Development Golf will tee-off at Ikoyi Club 1938, Lagos.
It will not only bring golfers together under a competitive umbrella, but also create a unique opportunity to develop budding skills and deepen historical bond between Nigeria and Brazil.
It will end in Rio de Janerio next year, where the top-four selected Nigerian golfers from the tournament in Ikoyi Club 1938 will engage their counterparts from Brazil.
Royal Development Golf, whose goal, according to the Chairman, Biodun Famuwagun, was not only to rewrite the story of golf development in Nigeria through the Copa Cobana golf tournament, but also as a means of a ‘handshake’ between Nigeria and Brazil.
According to Famuwagun, it takes more than one course and country to create a robust golfer, hence the need for the international angle to the competition.
“A core of the tournament lies in the development of the sport of golf in the local environment through a catch-them-young programme, where upcoming golfers would be helped to develop their skills and widen their horizon through international exposure.
“Youths are the foundation on which every successful human endeavour relies. It is in recognition of this fact that we at Royal Golf Development (RGD) take this class of people seriously, and are thus the focus of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).”
Speaking further, Famuwagun said: “The likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and other famous golfers did not become what they are today by chance.
It is the result of the ‘Catch-Them-Young’ policy practiced in those climes, coupled with dedication and hardwork that produce stars in any area of sports.
He called on Nigerians and corporate organisations who are interested in the growth of golf in the country to give support, adding that the plan is to begin the growth of the sport from the secondary school students’ cadre across the nation.