The one-week digital golf training for selected Nigerian golf professionals ended last Saturday at the posh Golf Garden Waterfront Golf Club [GGWF] in Wuse, Abuja with many promises that Nigerian Gulf could conquer the world stage in five years.
The event, organized by the golf garden’s patron, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, had one of South Africa’s top golf instructors, Mph Kelosiwaag, flown into the country as an instructor.The late sage, Chief Anthony Enahoro, sent as Minister of Information to the western region from Chief Obafemi Awolowo brought Nigeria’s first five golf professionals to London for training.
Mpoh, who is also a senior member of the Botswana Professional Golf Association, said he was amazed at the high-tech golf courses he saw on-site at the Golf Garden. He revealed that no other African country than South Africa can boast of facilities that are in line with modern digital golf.
“For this reason I want to say that this man, Otunba Runsewe, is a blessing to your country,” said Mpoh, a man of unusual insight, patience and gentle humor who shares these qualities with an unmatched knowledge of golf and a passion for combined teaching.
He continued: “Otunba had a dream years ago and he is living it now. I remember he came to South Africa 10 years ago to look for a top golf instructor who could impart modern golf knowledge to Nigerian professionals. I’ve never met him, but I was recommended to him. He invited me to Nigeria to see what he had there and which directions he was dreaming.
“When I came by, I only met this part of the golf garden. Then he told me about his dreams of bringing digital golf courses to Nigeria and then building a model golf course that other African nations would envy. I could imagine what resources and what commitment are needed. I had my doubts. The project was challenging and I didn’t think it could happen. And here I am now and can see everything he said, what he would do on the spot. It’s just awesome and unbelievable.
“With these facilities in place, it is now clear that Nigerian professionals would be opened up to electronic golfing. If I add this to the golf talents that abound in your country, I could see the professionals here in another five years, for example, take to the great stages of the golf world. Your country should put less emphasis on spending all of its money on football alone. Golf is the future and people are already seeing it. Even at the Olympics, the honor a man could bring to one through golf would definitely surpass what a 26-person soccer team could get. Your country should start investing in golf as a man has given you digital golf facilities.
After a fabulous party for Mpoh, which ended the week-long pro-training, the Group Managing Director of the Golf Garden, Olori Adekunbi Runsewe, mentioned that with the creation of the digital golf facility by her husband, it was evident that Otunba Runsewe was fully developing of golf in Nigeria.
“While I’m not playing the game yet, I’m actually delighted that my husband has agreed to study golf management and administration so I can bring the experience back to Golf Garden,” she said. “I’m glad I work in the garden here. But I have to tell you what’s here is quite extensive and that’s why I still have to run to my husband most of the time for advice so that I can run this place as smoothly as possible. “
Runsewe, who is also director general of the National Council of Arts and Culture, said he had never had goose bumps in developing Golf Garden in eight years. He said he knew long ago that there would be an astonishing $ 4 billion in golf in Africa by 2023 and that he wanted Nigeria in a prime position to be part of that godsend.
“This generosity would only benefit those nations that are prepared,” said Runsewe. “By preparation I mean what we will have on site by then. Since the fund would essentially revolve around golf equipment, hotels and logistics, I am therefore responsible for building up capacity in the Golf Garden.
“I can tell you that before that time I must have started my own golf brand, the OSR brand, which will be manufacturing golf equipment and golf apparel. I really want to create a healthy synergy, I mean digital golf synergy, between our pros and those in Europe and America. I started with ten of our pros and I’m going to take those ten to places around the world. I want us to really reap the goodies that golf would bring to Africa. “
A former Nigerian No. 1 golfer, Musa Ayuba, who attended the training announced that he first encountered digital training last week in his two decades as a professional golfer.
Listen to Musa: “I and other pros who were lucky enough to take part in this training are really grateful to Otunba Runsewe for building such a digital golf course in Nigeria. This is what other African pro golfers pay so much to be opened to such facilities in Europe and America. And we have it here. That’s incredible. I just pray that such institutions should be established in the Nigerian states. We have great and passionate golfers like Otunba in Nigeria. You should come and emulate Otunba and do what is necessary. “