Parkland, West African Golf Tour plan training for kid golfers
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.