Park­land, West African Golf Tour plan train­ing for kid golfers

Daily Trust - - FEATURES - By Orkula Shaagee

The Grand Pa­tron of the Abuja based Park­land Golf Re­sort Club, Arc. M.B Bello has re­vealed plans by his club to part­ner West Africa Golf Tour in the train­ing of young golfers in the coun­try.

Bello, who stated this in a chat with our re­porter in Abuja, said this is part of the ef­forts be­ing made by the club to pop­u­lar­ize the sport and also raise pro­fes­sional golfers for the coun­try in the com­ing years.

“We have a Park­land Academy for ju­nior golfers and we don’t want to limit the num­ber of kids. First of all you want to bring a group of ten kids to­gether, they are trained to­gether and tour­na­ments are or­gan­ised for them.

“Re­cently, we had a meet­ing with West African Golf Tour and they are go­ing to work with Su­per Sports in fo­cus­ing of golf tour­na­ments and kit­ties through­out West Africa, and one of the things they will be do­ing is to mo­bi­lize the pros and talk to the schools.

“They are go­ing into schools to add golf­ing into the cur­ric­u­lar and they are not charg­ing the schools, nei­ther are they charg­ing the kids. They are only do­ing sen­si­ti­za­tion tonic, and the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive was here and said they have reached out to eleven schools.

“In one of the schools, they de­cided to choose about 40 kids but the prin­ci­pal in­sisted that all the 200 must be trained to play golf,” he added.

Bello also re­vealed that Julius Berger Plc was to build the golf course at a cost of 15 mil­lion dol­lars ($15m) when he first met of­fi­cials of the firm to com­mence work on the project.

He said he de­cided to seek the con­tri­bu­tion of neigh­bours and vol­un­teers to get the job done when it be­came clear that he could not raise the re­quired funds.

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