By Richard Animam
As female golfers competed in the AACT Team Nigeria selection which took place in Abuja on Thursday, the atmosphere was different.
The usually busy and warm 18 holes golf facility wore a sorrowful look as professional golfers had their hand in akimbo as they tried to convince themselves of the sad their reality that hit them and the golfing community like lightening.
Few days ago, they were celebrating the arrival of Nigerian players on the African scene. Ali performance at the Gabon tournament and the Yaounde event raised hopes that their brighter prospect for Nigerian professional golfers who hitherto have been written off at home by a few amateur golfers.
Aliâ€™s feat was the much needed tonic and other pros had longed to follow the the footsteps of the Zaria based pro golfer.
â€œThe pros and most of the golfers wore a sad look. The atmosphere was gloomy and for once, golf was not the issue at the front burners. The demise of Ali Abdullahi and Christian Godfrey early hours of WednesdayÂ took the center stage of discussion. Ibori Golf and Country Club Lady Captain Faith Okoh_Baya was speechless. The elegant golfer could not believe it that two of our best golfers who had so much promise, are no more.
â€œItâ€™s sad. Two young men cut down in their prime, itâ€™s so painful and a huge loss to the golfing communityâ€, she said.