Nigerian female golfers assured of financial support
Olusegun Runsewe, President, Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF) has promised more support and funding for the Ladies Golf Association of Nigeria (LGAN), to ensure more successful outings in international tournaments.
Runsewe made the remarks while receiving a delegation from LGAN who paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja on.
The delegation led by Juliet Monyei-Inyere, the LGAN President also had Ekanem Ekwueme, the LGAN Past President and the newly elected AACT Trustee for West and Central Africa.
Others are Amina Wilfred and Evelyn Oyome who represented Team Nigeria at the just concluded All Africa Challenge Trophy (AACT) 2022 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Team Nigeria finished seventh position out of 20 countries that participated at the prestigious African event held from Sept. 3 to Sept. 11.
Runsewe expressed delight at the performance of the team, adding that they had indeed achieved a great feat in the history of golf in Nigeria and also made the country proud.
“I am very happy, first and foremost I want to give all praises to the Almighty God for granting Team Nigeria a safe trip to Tanzania and for making Nigeria proud. In other countries of the world, these trophies (won by the team) will be retrieved from them to be taken to an archive.
“For me I am very happy that out of the 20 countries you came seventh.
“The reason why this game has not been popular is because we don’t really celebrate our achievements and successes. Tomorrow a young lady will see Team Nigeria as icons and want to be like them.
“So, Team Nigeria I want to thank you for going to make Nigeria proud and for me, out of 20 countries, for us to come seventh is a big celebration,” he said.
The NGF President also congratulated Ekwueme, who he recalled was not only just the first Nigerian ever to occupy her new position as the West and Central trustee of the AACT.
He noted that she is also the only certified female World Handicap System (WHS) Course rater in Nigeria.
Ekwueme was unanimously voted into the board of the AACT as the Trustee in charge of the West and Central Africa region during the association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Dar es Salaam.