The Nigerian Golf Federation mourns the dead of the Christian Godfrey and Ali Abdullahi who died in car accident on their way to honour a golf tournament in Minna on Wednesday May 19, 2010.
Christian Godfrey, one of the dead players was the first Nigerian to be fielded in an European Tour field. He also died being the first golfer to win the NGFâ€™s most prestigious event; The President Open, back-to-back.
He will be remembered also as the Nigeriaâ€™s holder of the course record of IBB International Golf Championship and Le Meridien Ibom Golf Course in Uyo, the two most rated championship course in the country.
Ali Abdullahi did the country proud with a win of the 16th Moanda Open in Gabon in AprilÂ and the 1st Cameroon International GolfÂ and Country Club last week in Yaounde.
Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the President of NGF, said the Nigerian golfing community would not forget these great golf ambassadors soon.
â€œWe are very proud of themâ€ he said â€œThey are mentor and now they have now become heroes in the history of the nationâ€™s golf historyâ€
The NGF hopes that the Nigerian Professional Golfers Association would over come their painful demise.
â€œTheÂ PGA has gone though a lot of transformation in recent times and the lostÂ of these two players, I hope it would motivate them to do moreÂ for their memory.
As partners inÂ golf development we; the NGF believes that more record breakersÂ and exceptional players are just about to arise in ourÂ countryâ€ He added.