The Governor Simon Bako Lalong of Plateau state has disclosed that some of the reasons his administration established Kid Golf Academy is for the state to become the home of golf and to put the game in the grassroots.
Gov. Lalong stated this during the tee off ceremony of the 11th edition of Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria’s (PGAN) Qualifying School Tournament at Lamingo Golf Club in Jos.
Lalong, also serving as Life Vice President of PGAN, explained that golf is no longer a mere exercise but a money making venture where golfers would become millionaires and billionaires.
“We have introduced Kid Golf Academy in Plateau state, so they can learn how to play golf, you may never know what they would become in the future. The kids would be the Tiger Woods of Nigeria,” he said.
The Governor urged parents to bring their children to the academy in order to learn the game and represent the state whenever the need may arise.
In his speech, the Director of Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria, Samson Lawal, said that the Qualifying School is an international forum in the annals of golf profession where pros-to-be are tested practically and mentally after having gone through some periods of tutoring under season golf professionals.
He added that about 96 golfers would participate during the 4-day Playing Round (72 holes) and they would be allotted marks based on gross score.
“Marks would also be allotted to participants’ performance in practical workshop, teaching, golf rules & ethics and speech making,” he said.
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