The Nigerian Golf Federation (NGF) say the country’s participation in the World Congress of Golf last October can easily be described as the major highlight of the outgoing year.
In a report prepared by the Technical Director of NGF, Moses Anabui, he pointed that though it was obvious that the long absence at the biennial meet has been a major setback, the worth of the miss may never be realized until we try to re-align.
This year’s congress was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina and featured only the Nigerian male team as the lady’s team had to withdraw due to delayed processing of travelling documents in Nigeria.
“Generally” Anabui said “We must admit that golf is growing at a very fast rate all over the world and it would only be worthwhile if we can adopt the parameters, recommendations and even borrow knowledge and skills from those that have gone ahead to leverage our development here”
The Nigerian team comprised of the President of the body, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Rev. Mrs Omatsola Williams who is in- charge of the women and youth golf, the secretary general: Bola Adedeji and the Technical Director of the body Moses Anabui. Three category one players also made the team, Muyideen Olaitan, Uche Ezeh and Sikiru Jimoh all of whom were praised for their level headedness all through the Congress.
Anabui said of the team performance at the championship; “We finished where our experience could carry us in: 64th place and I think for our level in golf hierarchy we honestly should have done extremely better.
“But again, you will have to understand with us because the Nigerian players had two of them featuring on international meet for the first time and the weather conditions went beserk for two of the three days of the championship. We had to commend them, they displayed great attitudes and skills but it all collapsed when weather turned against them.”
Luqman Owolewa said the event was a brilliant avenue to encourage talented players that the NGF is bent on enforcing merit for international representation and again groom talents through exposure.
“We should not be afraid to fail, if we are sure our representatives are the best in terms of skill and character. But again we have come back with notes of learning from the World Congress and I can assure the public that the future bodes well for the game in Nigeria.”
“But I think our greatest assets are our committed members of the committee who left their business and duties to sacrifice for this great country and I must commend the president of NGF Prince Oyinlola a committed leader by example”
The Nigerian Golf Federation has also confirmed the staging of its flagship event, the President Cup for December 13 to 19 at the IBB International Golf and Country Club Abuja.