Eddie Petters displays Nigeria’s flag at the MTN WGC final in Thailand in 2010
By Olawale Ajimotokan
Nigeria’s best club amateur golfers will be on parade when MTN resumes with the sponsorship of the World Golfers Championship this week.
In the weeks ahead, different types of swing shots will be executed at the regional qualifiers to be staged in three different centres across the country.
The confirmed venues are Port Harcourt, Ikeja Golf Club and IBB International Golf Club, Abuja.
The icing on the cake will be a grand finale at the Le Meridien Ibom Golf Resort, Uyo, which will host the Nigerian final.
Over the years, the WGC has been ingrained as one of the best and highly anticipated club amateur competitions, that golfers feature to pre qualify and represent Nigeria at a major world championship.
The tournament will tee off in Port Harcourt Golf Club on May 26 for the teeming golfers from the eastern and southern parts of the country where the golfers will bid for the rights to be among the five qualifiers in each of the six handicap flight categories that will qualify for the national final in Uyo on September 7-9.
Afterwards, Ikeja will be the melting pot on June 9 for golfers from the western part of the country, including Ibadan, Ikoyi, Abeokuta, Ada, Sagamu, Ewekoro, Ogbomosho and Ilorin.
The last national qualifier will be staged in Abuja and will have in attendance golfers from the north of the country.
At the end of the regional qualifiers, the best amateur golfers will gather in Uyo to determine the overall best five golfers that will represent Nigeria in each category at the world final in Durban, South Africa from October 27- November 3, 2012.
Obinna Duru of Global Golf, which organizes the MTN WGC in Nigeria, said last night that at all regional qualifiers, golfers in the 0-5 handicap category are only be allowed to play on invitation.
The WGC with its parallel World Golfers Invitational (WGI) are great events that offer real opportunities for social and business networking among executive golfers who want enjoy a weeklong festivity of golf.
Nigeria has routinely attended the WGC final since 2005 in Antalya, Turkey. It has also built a class of corporate golfers made up of the likes of Austin Ojomo, Ted Iwere, Connie Guilfoyle, Eddie Petters, Remi Olukoya, Tony Azogu, Alex Chigbo, Paul Kyari and Ado Samba, among others, who have attended the tournament.