By Fidelis Ebu
Chika Chiejina, the cap-tain of the IBB International and Country Club believes that the establishment of an academy would enhance the churning out of talents that would adequately represent the country in the 2020 Olympics.
While fielding questions, Chiejina said the academy to be commissioned soon would have teenage golfers between the ages of six and 10 years, which by the year 2020, must have matured with real golf sense to tackle the rest of the world.
â€œIn our bid to do something unique, we decided to embark on the construction of a range where beginners would be tutored on the rudiment of the game. The range is of international standard equipped with motorised ball pickers and the balls are electrically dispensed, which makes it fascinating and less burdensome.
â€œAlso, we have added an academy of international standard and the facilities at the range would be available for their use; all in the bid to attract and raise teenage golfers we intend to groom that would represent this country in the 2020 Olympicsâ€, said Chika Chiejina, whose tenure expires in a fortnight.
He emphasised that the IBB Golf Club has concluded arrangements with the Nigeria Golf Federation as well as the leadership of the National Sports Commission to ensure the realisation of the dream of floating the academy where future golfers would be produced.
â€œIf a child of 10 is identified and properly groomed, by the year 2020, he must have been 20 with real golf sense to tackle the world.
In advanced countries golfers from 19 are holding the sway. So, we are thinking along the line of producing golfers within that age bracket that would feature in the 2020 Olympics.