by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Over 200 professional and amateur players from across the country are participating in the ongoing Golf Tournament in Jos the Plateau State capital, which is a huge gain from the successive Governor’s Cup organized in the State under Governor Simon Lalong.
Governor Lalong welcomed the teeming professional and amateur golfers to Jos, the Plateau State capital, for a tournament to unveil the redesigned oldest Golf Course in Nigeria, known as, “Rayfield 1913.”
While performing the tee-off at the Rayfield Golf Course in Jos, the governor asserted that, “The game of golf is associated with the historical role that mining played in the development and growth of the State and Nigeria at large.”
According to him, as a governor with passion for sports, including golf, he has decided to take the game to the next level as well harness its potentials for tourism, business and relaxation.
He disclosed that, the redesigned Rayfield Golf Course is fully green and will be a legacy, which his administration will leave for the sport in the State, adding to its potentials as a destination for leisure, business and hospitality.
He reiterated that, “Peace – which has been substantially restored in the State – is very important because it has given citizens and visitors confidence to come into the State for business and leisure.”
He explained that making the Rayfield Golf Course green puts it in a good position to be recognized nationally and internationally as the first Golf Club in Nigeria.
Tournament Director, Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria, JohnBull Dangofa, said “The event has shown early signs rising to the standard of a spectacular sporting fiesta,” adding, “Players from international golf clubs and the PGA will perform at the event,” and commended Governor Lalong for supporting the tournament. He also expressed delight that, several youths are being taken off the streets to play golf – a development, which has greatly helped in reducing crime.
Captain of the Rayfield Golf Club, Air Commodore Lazarus Mshelia, rtd, disclosed this in Jos on Monday, while appreciating Governor Lalong for his passion in developing golf in Plateau State, which has brought in more players, thereby creating an opportunity for repositioning the image of the State.