200 golfers to compete in first Lafia Ladies Open –Official

About 200 amateur golfers have arrived Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital, to compete in the first Ladies Open Golf Championship.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the competition is set to take place from September 3 to 5 at the Lafia Golf Club Course.

Asibi Omeri-Ogabo, Lady Captain, Lafia Golf Club, made this known in an interview with NAN on Friday at the grounds of the Lafia Golf Club in Lafia.

Omeri-Ogabo, who said the club was holding the first edition of the tournament in collaboration with the Ladies Golf Association of Nigeria said about 200 amateur golfers, including female and male, from across the country and two foreigners have arrived the state capital to participate in the maiden edition of the competition.

“I am so happy that those I invited and even those that I didn’t invite all came to be with us. So for now, we have about 200 golfers on ground. We are still expecting more.

“We thought we could have the foreigners but we have only two foreigners from Uganda. Other foreigners could not make it due to the Coronavirus pandemic,” she said.

Omeri-Ogabo explained that she pushed for the maiden edition of the championship to raise more awareness on the beauty of the game so as to attract more people to show interest in golf, especially in the northern part of the country.

“I felt the need to organise this event in Lafia to help attract more ladies, men and children to join golfing. Its quite an interesting game.

“Another goal for organising this event is to attract businesses in Lafia. With the population here today, many businesses are been patronised. So I feel that what I have done today is something worthwhile,” she said.

She said the tournament would feature amateur golfers from across the country who would be competing for mouth-watering prizes in various categories.
“The tournament will feature Lafia amateur lady golfers from handicap 29 to 36, while the main competition will feature male and female golfers from handicap 0 to 28,” she said.

Omeri-Ogabo thanked the Nasarawa State Government under the leadership of Gov. Abdullahi Sule for giving support to the club to organise the championship.

“The state government has done very well for us. We thank God we have a leader who is a sports lover. I only pray that whoever is taking over from me as Lady captain sustains this initiative for the benefit of everyone,” she said.

NAN also reports that dignitaries expected at the event include the governor and his wife, Silifat Sule, as well as his Deputy, Emmanuel Akabe and his wife, Mrs Sheila Akabe.

(NAN)

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