GFN says sports festival offered golf new development platform
Lagos (NAN) The Professional Golfers Association (PGA) of Nigeria, has entered Michael Eteng and Oche Odoh to fly the country’s flag at the Omega Mission Hills World Cup qualifier in Malaysia next week.
A statement by PGA spokesman, Samuel Emehelu, said on Thursday in Lagos that both players were ranked first and second respectively on the PGA’s order of merit.
The statement said that while Eteng would be representing Nigeria for the first time in the event, Odoh hoped to improve his performance when he partnered Gboyega Oyebanji in 2008, finishing fourth.
It said that about 20 countries would be vying for three qualifying spots at Seri Selangor Golf Club, in Kualar Lumpur where Nigeria would lead other African countries in the Afro-Asia qualifier.
“Nigeria’s team according to the Operation Director of the PGA of Nigeria, Femi Olagbenro, is expected to depart on Saturday, July 30,’’ it added.
Other African countries billed for the event are Ghana, Senegal, Kenya, Uganda and Botswana.
The Technical Director, Golf Federation of Nigeria (GFN), Moses Anabui, also said that the 17th National Sports Festival in Port Harcourt provided a good platform for the development of the game.
In another statement by Samuel Emehelu, the spokesman of the Professional Golf Association (PGA), said that Anabui made the assertion while appraising the Games concluded on July 10.
It said that the federation would do everything within its ability to sustain the momentum generated.
“The simple fact that 28 of the 37 participating states and the FCT, had a golf team was very encouraging and also reveals how much developmental effort was yielding at the states.
“Ordinarily, with the immense display of talents, no one would have expected some ‘young golfing states’ to pull the type of challenge they pulled.
“I want to say that golf is one of the few sports that had no outright dominance at the festival; the best state just ran away with one gold difference.
“I think it’s a remarkable achievement for the game that we can work on,’’ the statement quoted Anabui as saying.
Two hundred and ninety eight athletes competed in 19 events that golf offered at the festival.
The statement noted that most members of the board of the federation led by its President, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, were present and were working to see that the stars of the event Games were given maximum exposure. (NAN)