Come Tuesday through Sunday, some 500 golfers, including 100 professional golfers, will besiege the Lamingo Golf Club for the third edition of the Governor’s Cup.
Ever since last year’s event, the Executive Governor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Simon Lalong, did promise he would pressurize his friends in the private sector, who normally pool resources together to sponsor the event to stage a more elaborate tournament this year. According to a prominent member of the Club, Chris Shaiyen, this is what is happening. There will be a grand tourney that will accommodate more participants.
“For the first time, the whole 18 Green putting surfaces will be in use”, Shaiyen said. “The Governor promised this last year and he has fully delivered on that promise. All the Greens on that course are now ready and in good shape”.
In years past, Jos would never dream of hosting a five-star tourney. In those years, the four courses in Jos only survived through Kitties and Monthly Mugs. But when Lalong attained power, he made a bold move to resuscitate the commerce of the state through tourism driven by the game of golf. Besides, restive youths of the state were taken off the streets and made to play. This has resulted in an uncommon peace around the Jos city.
“The Governor played the game before he came to power,” Shaiyen said. “He knows how an economy could grow through the sheer might of the game of golf. Since he came to power, he has been compelling his friends to contribute so all the courses in Jos could witness growth. Now, golf tourneys are being played all the year round and more people are coming to the town. More hotels are springing up and there is general calm in the city. This is the power in the game of golf. But Governor Lalong is not for golf alone. He throws his weight behind all sports. This is the reason Plateau United are currently the football champion in the country”.
According to the Captain of the Club, Tang Dapoet, this year’s Governor’s Cup will witness several side attractions like children fanfare and beauty pageant.
The Teeing Off ceremony of the professionals will be performed on Tuesday while that of the Amateurs shall happen on Saturday. Both ceremonies will be performed by Governor Lalong and Board of Trustee Chairman of the Lamingo Golf Club, Air Marshall Jonah Wuyep.