Organisers of the 2019 Nigeria Ladies Golf Open Championship, scheduled for IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja from November 12 to November 15, have begun activities lined up towards a successful hosting of the event.
The President, Ladies Golf Association Of Nigeria (LGAN), Ekanem Ekwueme, led some members of the committee on a courtesy visit to the Honourable Minister of State for Power, Goddy Jeddy Agba, as part of the awareness campaign to herald the annual event.
Mrs Ekwueme told the Minister that players from more than 10 African countries have indicated their interest to participate in the championship, which was won last year by Eva Magala of Uganda at the Ibom Resort Golf Club in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State in a statement signed by the Chairman, Media and Publicity, Kayode Adeniyi.
“The tournament is important because it has the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR), being an event where any lady golfer who participated and earned a good score will be ranked internationally,” she said.
Ekwueme said members of the IBB International Golf and Country Club were not only prepared to host but to take the competition’s main trophy from Ugandan Eva Magala as some of the best Nigerian Ladies would take part in the three-day event.
The LGAN President solicited for Mr Goddy Jeddy Agba’s support in making the event a memorable one for foreign players, “so that they will attend and return home with so many good things about Nigeria”.
She, however, urged the Minister of State for Power to begin to play golf, pointing out that the game is for both the young and elderly.
While responding, Agba who thanked the LGAN members for their efforts in promoting the game of golf among Nigerian women urged them to always think of their country Nigeria first in whatever activities they are doing. “The present government’s commitment to the development of the Nigerian people in every capacity is unparalleled.
“In that regard, your country should always come first in all you do, as a way of giving back to your country too.”
The minister then promised to support the LGAN towards achieving its members’ desire before, during and after the tournament.