Golf Not Elitist Sport —Oyinlola


President of the Nigeria Golf Federation, NGF, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, has said that golf is not an elitist sport contrary to popular belief.

The former governor of Osun State opined that the majority of golfers in the country are not elite, stressing that such belief is unfounded.

Oyinlola reiterated that leading golfers all over the world are nothing but elitist.

He disclosed that there are plans by the federation to popularise the sport in the country, by taking it to the grassroots.

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Speaking ahead of the 2012 Presidents Cup, Oyinlola revealed that the NGF is making an arrangement to take the cup to different parts of the country in order to awaken the spirit of young and aspiring golfers in the country.

“We are in the process of discovering our own Tiger Woods. To this end, we plan to rotate the states that would be staging the Presidents Cup, so that we can get the best golfers in the country,” he said.

Oyinlola, however, made a passionate appeal to various state governments in the country to build driving ranges in their states in order to give young golfers a conducive atmosphere to showcase and hone their golf skills at tender ages.

With plans by the International Olympic Committee, IOC, to incorporate golf in the 2012 Olympics and Nigeria’s chances of having representatives at the Games, he said: “I went with two of our amateur golfers to a competition in Argentina, even if they didn’t make the cut, the exposure they got is enough. I know that if we continue to attend such events, we would produce our own talents. I have the hope that we are going to take part in the next Olympics.”

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