The IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja, is set to place Nigerian golf on a centre stage as it rolls out a two-month tactical golf campaign.
The Captain of the club, Banjo Obaleye said in Abuja that the global promotional and educational campaign expected to start this month (November) would be the first of its kind.
“It is aimed at promoting golf, sportsmanship, the spirit of unity among enthusiasts and the potential of Nigeria emerging as a top golf nation,” he said.
This groundbreaking campaign, running from November to December on peak time evening spots will also especially highlight the 2023 Independence Golf Tournament.
This golf event set an all-time record in attendance, atmosphere, sponsorship, executive presence, community engagement, and the grand car prize from PAN Nigeria, he said.
Obaleye said that the special CNN campaign was designed to elevate the profile of the club and showcase the world-class facilities it offers.
He said it would also emphasise the importance of golf as a sport that transcends boundaries and goes hand in hand with nature.
The CNN feature on the IBB Golf Club rounds up with a powerful tip by the Tournament champion and winner of the PAN Nigeria car, Joe Poromo, he said.
The captain said that the country was blessed with beautiful courses that could compete globally.
“We are also looking at the youth development and grassroots promotion because golf is not just about elites,“ he said.
Ibrahim Babayo, the Vice-Captain of the Club and Chairman of the Independence Cup Organising Committee, told NAN that the goal of the campaign was to take golf beyond just playing the game.
“We are looking at how we can improve our social capital and at the same time, how we can improve tourism.
“The potential of Golf tourism is over $19 million dollars. We are excited to be at the centre of history and rewriting the story of golf in Nigeria.”
NAN reports that the sponsors for the just concluded IBB Independence Golf Tournament were PAN Nigeria, Access Bank, BUA Group, Glenfiddich, Sterling Bank, TAJ Bank and Hope PS Bank among others.
The 2023 IBB Golf Club event also featured a historic special golf exhibition by the Director-General, National Council for Arts and Culture (NCAC) and the President, Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe.