GOLF: WE WANT TO GO BACK TO THE GLORY DAYS OF NIGERIAN OPEN- OYINLOLA
President of the NIGERIA GOLF FEDERATION PRINCE OLAGUNSOYE OYINLOLA has said his federation is doing everything possible to go back to the days of the NIGERIAN GOLF OPEN which attracted a lot of foreign golfers and provided exposure for Nigerian players.
Speaking to our correspondent in Abuja on Friday during the 2-DAY ANTI-DOPING SEMINAR organised by the MINISTRY OF YOUTHS AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT, the former Military administrator of LAGOS STATE and Executive Governor of OSUN STATE insists bringing back the NIGERIAN OPEN to enable golf take its rightful position in Nigerian sports tourism.
OYINLOLA gave the example of former world number one and SOUTH AFRICAN golfer, VIJAY SIGHN who won his very first event during the NIGERIAN GOLF OPEN many years back.
In his words “vijay sighn had his first win in the Nigerian open in ikoyi, lagos, he went on to become world number one”.
Speaking on the activities of his federation, the OSUN STATE born Prince said as part of the federation “catch them young” program young golfers have been sent to ARGENTINA, IRELAND and BOTSWANA to hone their skills and prepare them for the big stage while calling on the MINISTRY OF YOUTHS AND SPORTS DEVELOPMENT and the EDO STATE GOVERNMENT to include golf in the events of the 2020 NATIONAL SPORTS FESTIVAL.
OYINLOLA also talked on the popular notion that the sport of golf is meant for the elite. According to him the impression is not correct.
“Nothing can be more erroneous”
“If you have not made attempt to play the game you may not know its not for the elite” he said.
The retired army officer turned sport administrator cited the example of NIGERIA’S number one professional golfer, SUNDAY OLOPADE who began playing golf when a philanthropist built a golf course in his village of ADA in OSUN STATE.
PRINCE OYINLOLA however urges Nigerians irrespective of age and gender to embrace golf as a form of sport and recreation.