Officials visit key stakeholders ahead of Nigeria Ladies Golf Championship
To ensure the success of the 2019 Nigeria Ladies Golf Open Championship, which will hold at the IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja from November 12 to 15, the organisers of the competition have embarked on courtesy visits to key stakeholders in the game.
The Nigeria Ladies Golf Open Championship is one of the biggest competitions in the country’s calendar with participants coming from across Africa and within the country to the beautiful IBB Golf and Country Club this year.
According to a statement by the Chairman of the Media and Publicity Sub-Committee, Kayode Adeniyi, the interactions and visits with the key stakeholders would help the organisers host a successful championship.
He said, “The President, Ladies Golf Association Of Nigeria (LGAN), Ekanem Ekwueme, led some members of the committee on a courtesy visit to the Minister of State for Power, Goddy Agba, as part of the awareness campaign to herald the annual event.
“Ekwueme told the Minister that players from more than 10 African countries have indicated their interest to participate in the championship, which was won last year by Eva Magala of Uganda at the Ibom Resort Golf Club in Uyo, Akwa Ibom,” he said.
He added that Ekwueme described the tournament as important to lady golfers because it has the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR), “being an event where any lady golfer who participated and earned a good score will be ranked internationally.”
Ekwueme assured that members of the IBB International Golf and Country Club were not only prepared to host but to take the competition’s main trophy from the Ugandan.
“They want to dethrone Eva Magala. Some of the best Nigerian Ladies will equally take part in the three-day event, and I am sure they will also want to make Nigeria proud,” she said.
She solicited Agba’s support in making the event a memorable one for foreign players, “so that they will attend and return home with so many good things about Nigeria.”
She also advised the minister to begin to play golf, pointing out that the game was for both the young and elderly.
In his response, Agba praised the women for raising the profile of the game in the country, saying, “The present government’s commitment to the development of the Nigerian people in every capacity is unparalleled.
“In that regard, your country should always come first in all you do, as a way of giving back to your country too.”
He promised to support the LGAN towards achieving its members’ desire before, during and after the tournament.