Golfers invade IBB Golf and Country Club for West Africa Tour finale
No fewer than 30 golfers from West Africa Tour Order of Merit will from today at the IBB International Golf & Country Club, Abuja, slug it out to decide the 25 players, who are expected to earn cards for the up-coming African Tour Championship. The inaugural tournament of the African Tour, FCT Classic, has been scheduled to tee off from February 20 to 23, 2019 at the IBB Golf Club, preceded by the qualifying school on February 19.
While unveiling the logo for the African Tour Championship yesterday, Celestine Omehia, a member of the Board of West African Tour Championship, said the tour launched in 2016 with just six tournaments had grown to 16 tournaments in 2018.
“West Africa Tour Golf Championship is a success, and the whole world has come to know it,” Celestine Omehia said. He added that the Tour president, Emeka Okata was the architect of the success story.
Okata had stated that the West African Golf Tour was founded in 2016 with the primary purpose of promoting and developing the game of golf in Africa, and providing current and future talents opportunities to build their careers as professional golfers and compete internationally.
“Since it was launched in February 2016, the Tour has staged 23 tournaments gathering players from eleven different countries, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Germany, Ghana and Nigeria. Other countries include Senegal, South Africa, Spain, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
“This unique and pioneer Tour in Africa will go a step further in 2019 and usher in the African Tour, so all players from the continent will identify with the Tour irrespective of the country they come from. At the same time, it will continue to attract players from all over the world,” Emeka Okata said.
He added that the African Tour would give women the opportunity to play all tournaments alongside with men and compete for the same trophy after successfully passing the qualifying school.