Emir of Dutse backs Daily Trust Golf ICONS Open

Daily Trust - - DIGEST - By Tony Akhigbe

You hear all man­ner of things in Nigeria. From Boko Haram to Po­lit­i­cal war­fare, and this new one, reprisal killings over some church killings that shouldn’t be in print in the first place. So, where is the na­tion head­ing?

You are med­i­tat­ing on th­ese when an un­usual in­vite came in from an un­usual place. The Bauchi State Gover­nor, Bar­ris­ter Muhammed Abubakar, wanted to cel­e­brate 60 years on earth and he sin­cerely chose the pure game of golf to her­ald his cel­e­bra­tion.

Around this same pe­riod, Daily Trust, Nigeria’s news­pa­per of the year was pack­ag­ing a his­tor­i­cal doc­u­men­ta­tion on the game of golf aptly la­belled ‘Nigeria’s Golf Icons’. The Emir of Dutse, the seat of power in Ji­gawa State, Dr. Muham­madu Sanusi, just got wind of this at the venue of that Birth­day tour­ney in Bauchi and quickly men­tioned that such pub­li­ca­tion of Icons was long over­due and quickly praised the bold ef­fort of Daily Trust to make such a mile­stone hap­pen.

He then ad­vised that if the pub­li­ca­tion was ready, it must be pre­sented to cher­ished golfers in Nigeria through tour­neys that could hap­pen in three ma­jor Nige­rian cities. He promised he would sup­port such sweet ad­ven­ture.

It could be that the Ex­ec­u­tive Gover­nor of Plateau State, Rt. Hon. Si­mon La­long Bako, an ac­com­plished golfer him­self, was read­ing the mind of the ami­able Emir of Dutse. With­out bat­ting an eye­lid, La­long of­fered to host the very 1st Golf Icons tour­ney at the Lamingo Golf Club in Jos.

Thus, this event will hap­pen on Au­gust 26 and 27 and yes, over 300 golfers from across the na­tion and some 30 se­lected pro­fes­sion­als will par­tic­i­pate.

Well, this is read­ing like a piece of cake. But one thing that must be re­mem­bered has to do with the big golf heart of the Dutse Emir for sug­gest­ing this event in the first place. Ar­range­ments are in top gear for the IBB Golf and Coun­try Club ju­nior tour­na­ment slated for Au­gust 16-18 in Abuja.

The de­vel­op­men­tal tour­na­ment is for kids be­tween 7-18 years and will be han­dled by pro golfers in the club.

The three-day event has an en­try fee of N10,000 which in­cludes ac­com­mo­da­tion, feed­ing, goody bag and caddy fees, as the ar­rival, prac­tice day and cock­tail will be on Au­gust 16th.

Or­gan­is­ers say the tee off will be on Thurs­day Au­gust 17 just as Fri­day Au­gust 18 wwould wit­ness pre­sen­ta­tion of prizes.

Emir of Dutse, Dr. Muham­madu Sanusi (L) pre­sent­ing a tro­phy to a golfer af­ter a tour­na­ment.

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