The Executive Committee of the Professional Golf Association of Nigeria, PGA, said on Wednesday that it would organize a special training program to prepare amateur golfers to play professionally.
Mr. Jide Bolaji, secretary of the PGA, revealed this in a statement, adding that the training would begin on January 18 to finish in June.
Bolaji added that program graduates are expected to fill the gap in the country’s PGA professional requirements, grow the game among the female population, and provide the training force necessary to grow the game among children.
According to him, the program will be very broad in coverage, deep in content, in line with international best practices and guided by the CPG Professional Training Program.
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“There will be no less than two seminars that will be mandatory for all participants.
“Additionally, the program will expose trainees to career opportunities that abound in the game of golf.
“At the end of the program, only selected candidates will be admitted as members of the Nigeria PGA,” he said.
The PGA had signed a document with the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, Scotland (R&A) through the support of the Confederation of Professional Golf (CPG).
The program is entitled: “Letter of Women in Golf”, whose objective is to promote the inclusion of women in golf.
Over the years, the percentage of female golfers in Nigeria and Africa had been low despite population statistics indicating that women outnumbered men in Africa.
Bolaji said the above events made it necessary for the PGA to organize an intensive six-month program to train female golfers to become PGA professionals.