The tournament which is hosted by the prestigious IBB Golf and Country Club Abuja is open to young golfers between the ages of five and 19, already 126 young golfers from 21 golf clubs and 14 states of the federation have registered for the championship scheduled to tee off on August 18.
The kids will be coached by registered professional golfers from different parts of Nigeria and Lady Captain Lami Ahmed says it is important to introduce the game of golf to children at an early age if they are to make it to the professional level.
“The ladies section have different programmes targeted at the children, for example in May we had over 70 children here at the club to celebrate the Children’s Day and just last week we concluded a three weeks intensive summer training for young golfers focusing on age five to 19. Today we are starting the junior open golf championship targeted at helping the young golfers develop their games, particularly now that the game of golf has been included in the Olympics.” Lami said.
The Junior Championship is one of the developmental programmes instituted by the Ladies Section of the IBB Golf and Country Club aimed at producing future Olympians for Nigeria.
Lami who became the club’s Lady Captain in May says her ultimate aim is to eventually bring golf closer to Nigerians.
Several trophies and other gifts will be won by the kids at the end of the two day championship.