Over 2,500 players from across Nigeria and West Africa are currently vying for laurels in the maiden edition of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu open golf championship which teed off on Wednesday, May 19 and will end on May 23at the famous Aba Golf Course.
The Governor who teed off the tournament charged the players to enjoy the game and also the hospitality of the people.
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He said they should find time to visit major shopping centres in Aba to buy memorabilia to take to their respective homes.
The governor also promised to continue to support the sport and assured that his administration will construct a new golf course in Ohafia to further deepen awareness and participation in the game.
He said, “I pray that golf which is a unifying game will continue to unify us in Nigeria and also avail us of the health benefits of engaging in this gentlemen’s game”.
In his remarks, the National Director of Competitions, Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria (PGAN), Johnbull Dangofa informed Ikpeazu that having gone round the historic city, he was pleased with the prevailing peace and the good infrastructure put in place by the governor.
The President of Aba Sports Club, Chief Jerry Kalu, expressed members’ appreciation to the governor for the support given by the state government to ensure the smooth take-off of the competition.
He said more than 250 golfers had registered to take part in the tournament.