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IBB Golf Junior Open Championship 2016 attracts 126 youngsters

Estimated 126 youngsters have stormed the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja for the 2016 Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida (IBB) Golf Club Junior Open Championship which opens today, reports ITRealms Sport.

The tournament, ITRealms Sport gathered is meant to introduce young golfers to the proper way of playing golf, help them develop their skills particularly now that the game of golf has been included at the Olympics.

Hosted by the prestigious IBB Golf and Country Club Abuja, the event is open to young golfers between the ages of five and 19, already 126 young golfers from 21 golf clubs and 14 states of the federation have registered for the championship scheduled to open, today August 18.

The kids will be coached by registered professional golfers from different part of the Nigeria and Lady Captain Lami Ahmed says it is important to introduce the game of golf to children at an early age if they are to make it to the professional level.

“The ladies section have different programmes targeted at the children, for example in May we had over 70 children here at the club to celebrate the children’s day and just last week we concluded a three weeks intensive summer training for young golfers focusing on age five to 19. Today we are starting the junior open golf championship targeted at helping the young golfers develop their games, particularly now that the game of golf has been included in the Olympics” Lami said.

The Junior Championship is one of the developmental programmes instituted by the Ladies Section of the IBB Golf and Country Club aimed at producing future Olympians for Nigeria.
Lami who became the clubs Lady Captain in May says her ultimate aim is to eventually bring golf closer to Nigerians.

Several trophies and other gifts will be won by the kids at the end of the two day championship. 

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