You have not lived until you play golf, says IGC Lady Captain
Lady Captain of the Ibadan Golf Club (IGC), Mary Okunola, who is the immediate past National Vice-president, Ladies Golf Association of Nigeria (LAGAN), has advised Nigerians to take to golf, saying that one can only appreciate life’s true meaning when he starts playing golf.
The Edo State-born Medical Laboratory Scientist, handicap 17, who has won several medals for Oyo State at the National Sports Festival, described the golf as a life on its own, addictive and habitual. She added that golf as an element of human kinetics is a form of therapy for healthy living.
“I have been playing golf for about two decades and my deal with golf is forever. Ironically, golf is the only sport that you enjoy to participate in and also benefit from even at old age,” she said.
Explaining the various categories of golf, Okunola said, “we have the veteran category in every organized competition, which caters for golfers above 60 years. This implies that golf has a lot in stock for me even at old age. May God grant us good health; I will play golf as long as I live.”
Okunola, who acted as the Lady Captain upon the demise of the Sade Oni, the immediate past Lady Captain of IGC, described the period as the most challenging in the history of the club.
She oversaw the Folashade Oni Memorial Tournament held in memory of the late Lady Captain, who died last year.
Okunola, as the vice president LGAN Southwest, hosted the western zone Ladies Open for two consecutive years at the IGC, as well as the Women Golf’s day.
She also organised children’s golf clinics to encourage the youth and help them to develop interest and grow their aspiration.
“I presided over and coordinated the administration of the ladies section of all LGAN member clubs and affiliates in the southwest. And before this new administration, I had served as handicap officer and member of the electoral committee,” she added.
On the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on golfing activities at the club, she regretted that about three quarter of 2020 has been affected by the pandemic.
“I think humanity is experiencing a period of absolute psycho-social reset. The government has no choice than to institute and enforce measures to curb the spread, whether convenient or not, irrespective of sector, creed, or economic impact.
“To some extent, golfers, especially habitual players, have to bear the effect of the closure of the club because prevention is better than cure. It is quite understandable that golf as a form of exercise is pro-social distancing, but it is impossible to divorce socializing, hence all competitions in the calendar are postponed until when appropriate,” she said.
Okunola revealed that the IGC has interacted with the Physiotherapy Association of Nigeria with the aim of selling golfing as a healthy alternative for recuperation and maintenance of anatomical structure and coordination of human daily activities.
She also disclosed that they are working on how to further expose the youth to golf from the elementary level, and build a structure to develop them into full professionalism by encouraging junior membership, as well as organising junior tournaments and other competitions to aid commitment and confidence.
She added that the club has a new executive committee with the inclusion of experienced ladies like Chief Ronke Thomas (Vice Lady Captain); Ms. Evelyn Oyome (Competition Secretary); Ms. Grace Brown (Handicap Secretary); Ms. Omolaraeni Olaosebikan (Secretary) and Mr. Bayo Titilola-Sodo as Treasurer.
Mrs. Lizzy Afonja, Alhaja Lola Adeshiyan and Mrs. Folashade Fawole, are members of the Conflict Resolution Committee, while Mrs. Ekundayo Oshin will serve as adviser.
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