Captain, Ikoyi Golf Club, Johnson Babatunde, has charged the Federal Government to invest more in golf rather as too much attention is being given to football in the country to the detriment of other sports.
Speaking with Corporatesport in Ibadan, during a MatchPlay between Ibadan Golf Club and Ikoyi Golf Club, he said that golf requires more attention in Nigeria as it is now an Olympics sport.
He said the country is blessed with potential to develop golf saying “government needs to sit up and realise that golf is now an Olympic sport. At Ikoyi Club, we started a swimming programme for youngsters and they have been making the club proud in terms of performance at various competitions.
“We want to do the same thing with golf, golf is unique. Golf is about integrity, always try to better yourself and it’s all about playing with other people.”
“Ikoyi Club have always come to Ibadan to play Ibadan Golf Club and they have always come to Lagos too to play Ikoyi Club. It’s an avenue to make a lot of friends and we appreciate that and that is why we maintained the relationship in terms of matchplay.
“Incredible, every time we visit IGC, we were always well entertained. The Captain Ade Sunmonu (retd) is working hard with innovations. He has a passion for golf and I commend him for his efforts at taking IGC to greater heights.”
Meanwhile, IGC Captain, Sunmonu said the Matchplay is an avenue to establish friendship and also to let people know what you have and how they can also enjoy and benefit from it.
He said: “This is my first time of meeting the Captain of Ikoyi Golf Club and having played with him on Saturday and Sunday, he’s a very good man. In fact, I have established friendship with him and the same thing with other members of the club.”
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Competition Secretary, Ikoyi Golf section, Ashish Gajjar said that golf is a passion which enhances networking, and establishing relationship.
He said the Matchplay is all about strenghtening the relationship between the both clubs saying that: “We are all together and help one another.”
In his remarks, IGC Competition Secretary, Mr Seyi Alaba, lauded members of Ikoyi Club who came to Ibadan for the competition, amid the traffic hiccup on the Lagos-Ibadan express way at the weekend.
Meanwhile, IGC won the competition with 17-5 over the two days.