By Richard Animam
IBB Golf and Country Club member,Â Otunba Segun Runsewe has concluded plans for some German pro golf teachers to visit the country.
Runsewe who led Nigeria delegation to International Travel exchange(ITB) in BerlinÂ had a fruitful discussion with the Berlin-based professionalÂ golf teachers to come to Nigeria to teach golf, using modernÂ technology thatÂ makes playing golf an easy exercise.
Runsewe, who led a delegation to Berlin Mitte Golf officeÂ in Markgrafentstrabe,Â where the agreementÂ was reached described it as aÂ milestone in the annals of golfing in the country, even as he noted thatÂ golf remains one of the worldâ€™s greatest driver of tourism .
â€œThis agreement is a milestone because with this kind of training facilities, the face of golfing in NigeriaÂ will change in itsÂ entirety,â€ Runsewe noted.Â â€œ As you know, golf attracts tourists inÂ droves from all overÂ the world. So, Nigeria will gain a lot from theÂ development of the game .â€
Runsewe described the training facilities of the German professional golf teachers as second to none,Â noting that when they come to Nigeria, it would aid the development of the game.Â â€œThe teachingÂ facilities here are world class and it would aid thoseÂ who are interested in playing golf to learn the game without muchÂ stress. We donâ€™t have this kind of learning facilities in Nigeria,Â that is the reason I want to bring them to Nigeria,â€ Runsewe stated.
Runsewe also used the occasion to laud the tourism potential of theÂ game of golf, noting that golfÂ loverâ€™s travel all over the world with the game and stated that Nigerian cannot be different.Â â€œGolf loversÂ follow their starsÂ everywhere in the world and if weÂ can attract world class golfers to Nigeria, itÂ would have attendantÂ effect on our tourism because they will stay in hotels and spendÂ foreign currency in the country.â€
The German GolfÂ professional teachers, including Simon WoldeghiorghisÂ of Top swing Golfschule andÂ Patrick Albretch of Golf Berlin Mitte were full of excitement as according to them, they look forward toÂ visiting Nigeria to train Nigerian golfers.Â â€œ I am really happy to have the opportunityÂ to visit Nigeria toÂ trainÂ golfers and impactÂ knowledge. All I do is teach golf, my life isÂ all about golf and I canâ€™t wait to teach golf to Nigerians.
I believeÂ that Nigeria would present an opportunity to provide professional trainings. I am really eager to come to Nigeria,â€ Simon said.
On his sown part, Patrick said he would be looking forward to visit Nigeria to impact knowledge inÂ Golf. â€œ I am willing to visit Nigeria to teach golf because that is all IÂ live for. I am happy,â€ PatrickÂ stated.