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Three golfers to be selected for pro camp

11 July 2014, 18:38

Abuja - Three lucky Category One amateur golfers competing at the IBB Golf and Country Club, Abuja will be selected out of a group of 19 attend a pro bono professional training in South Africa.

The tickets and initiative are the brainchild of scratch Abuja-based golfer, Emeka Okatta, who has elected to further the development of professional golf in the country by using his birthday tourney as a platform.

Now in its third year the tournament creates an opportunity for golfers to enter the professional ranks.

Over 50 players featured in the last edition of the competition from virtually all golf clubs in different parts of the country, but only 19 players turned up for this year's edition, with many eligible, but interested players blaming their inability to show up for the contest on a lack of funds.

 “This year’s tournament teed off on Monday July 7, 2014. And the three best players from the 19 that are vying for the tickets would be picked. And these are the three that I would send to South Africa for one-year professional training,” Okatta, sponsor of the competition, told The Gaurdian.

As a way of keeping age cheats at bay, players representing each club, who hope to be selected as pro-trainees were expected to arrive the tournament venue with their birth certificates, as sworn affidavits would not be accepted.

“If we want to do the right thing that would be ultimately beneficial, we should work with people in the right age bracket.

“You will agree with me that beginning to train someone in his 30s as a pro-trainee does not offer a lot of benefits to neither the sponsor nor the beneficiary, if the aim is to have an enduring programme that would benefit the beneficiary and improve professional golf in the country. That is why we are very particular with working with people with the right age,” Okatta added.

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