Nigeria’s rising star, Tokunbo Pedro, will soon be joining the major golf league, which is currently dominated by players from Europe, America and Asia.
Tokunbo, who plays pro golf in the US, is currently preparing for the US PGA Tour qualifying school, which will give him the right to work with the world’s Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelsons.
Tokunbo’s father, Otunba Femi Pedro, told The Guardian during the presentation of sports equipment to schools in Lagos by the Lagos State Sports Trust Fund, which he chairs, that Tokunbo has worked hard to make his dream come true, in the biggest competitions in the world World to participate.
“Tokunbo is a PGA Tour professional. In 2019 he played professional golf in China, but in 2020 it was canceled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. But this year and next he is preparing for the qualifying school for the USA PGA Tour. He is on track in his professional career.
“Tokunbo is already a professional golfer, one of the first 1000 players in the world, and he is moving up. Hopefully he’ll be on the actual PGA Tour for the next two years. You will see him at the US Open, Masters and British Open, among others. “
The former Deputy Governor of Lagos also spoke about plans to discover and promote young golfers through the Lagos Sports Trust Fund.
He revealed that part of the Fund’s basic development plan is to build facilities across the state, adding, “We’re looking for lots that we can develop into miniature golf courses for schoolchildren and teenagers to even experience the sport.
“So many talented children don’t have the chance. If your parents aren’t members of the Ikoyi Club or Ikeja Club, you can’t even get anywhere near the clubs. We believe that bringing talented children closer to golf at a young age will help the country produce lots of Tiger Woods.
“We are looking for a place in the metropolis of Lagos where we can develop golf. We know that golf requires a lot of land and that Lagos is already fully developed. But we still hope we can find the place.
“We have found a place in Festac, but we still need one in the metropolis, where we can bring our youngsters closer to the game. There they are taught by professionals. “