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 golf could hit the world stage in five years.
The event, organized by the patron of the golf garden, Otunba Olusegun Runsewe, had one of the best golf teachers in South Africa, Mpoh Kelosiwaag, as its instructor.
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.
“That’s why I boldly say that this man, Otunba Runsewe, is a blessing to your country,” said Mpoh.
“Ötunba 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 had never met him before, but I was recommended. He invited me to Nigeria to see what he had there and which directions he was dreaming.
“When I passed, I only saw this side 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 open 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 week of pro training, the Group Managing Director of Golf Garden, Olori Adekunbi Runsewe, said that when her husband founded the digital golf facility, it became apparent that Otunba Runsewe was fully committed to developing the game.
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