Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja
Lady amateur golfers from Uganda, Zimbabwe and Ghana will add international flavour to the 19th IBB Ladies Open Championship which holds in Abuja this week.
Captain of the IBB Club Lady Section, Mrs Lami Ahmed, told journalists yesterday that 150 players from Nigeria and the international visitors have registered for the tournament.
Various prizes and trophies will be won in different categories at the three days event which begin on Friday through Sunday.
Ahmed said that players from 22 golf clubs nationwide will identify with the host club in ensuring the success of the tournament considered as one of the majors within the IBB International Golf and Country Club Abuja.
A former Lady Captain of IBB club, Mrs Ngozi Osuhor, expressed delight with the club for consistently hosting of the tournament in the past 19 years and for putting the event together this year in spite of the economic recession.
The different categories for the event include: Category 1 for lady players in Handicap 0-28 flight, Category 2 for those in Handicap 29-36 flight, and veteran ladies in all categories.
However, the tournament is a gross competition where the player with the best aggregate score over 36-hole in the Handicap 0- 28 flight will be crowned as the champion.
The ladies will tee off on Saturday but only the 45 players that make the cut will be eligible for the final round on Sunday, February 12.
The 45 finalists, according to the Competition Secretary, Nanfe Audu, will be presented with medals.
The gentlemen will also play among themselves on Saturday as guests of the lady players.
A former IBB Lady Captain, Dr Joyce Barber, said several NGOs, supporting charity causes, had made several appeals to the lady section to support different causes and give to the less privileged.
Barber, however, said the ladies were considering holding a charity kitty before the end of tenure of the current committee.