Ikeja Club agog as youths battle for Sixth Awa Ibraheem Junior Championship laurels
The Sixth Awa Ibraheem Junior Golf Championship, which began yesterday, will end tomorrow at the Ikeja Golf Club. The competition is for players of 17 years and below. Already, 90 players from across the country have gathered at the prestigious club to fight for honours and also seek to qualify for the All Africa Junior Team Championship billed for Egypt next year
Competition in the most prestigious junior championship in the country started with the arrival, registration and practice by players yesterday, with on-field action billed to start today.
According to the Nigeria Golf Federation’s (NGF) Youth Development Officer, Emy Ekong, featuring in the competition are 13 girls from age 10 down, and 10 boys also of not more than 10 years.
Also featuring in the competition are 18 girls aged from 11 to 14 years, 22 boys of the same age bracket, 10 girls of 15 to 18 years, as well as 22 boys also of 15 to 18 years.
This year’s Awa Ibraheem Junior Championship, which is registered with the R & A, will count as a World Ranking Junior Golf Event (WRJGA).
According to the NGF, participation in this year’s championship is based on the Junior National Order of Merit (OM), with the best 90 junior players on the list, spread over the different categories ages 6-17 years, in attendance.
“In line with the World Ranking event requirement of at least 54-holes or three days event; event schedule will run as follows:
“Ages 12 to 17 years will play 36 holes, others nine and 18 holes depending on the category,” the NGF said.
The NGF revealed that there would be a cut after the first day of competition, adding that the championship would serve as one of the national trials for the All Africa Junior Team Championship billed for Egypt next year.
“The Order of Merit is based on three categories (Under 10, 11-14, 15 – 18) and this event is for 17 years and under, therefore a list of qualified participants will be sent out before September 7,” it said.
All the participants, according to the federation, “are entitled to free accommodation, feeding and entry fee.”