From Esther Akaa, Lafia
Wife of the Nasarawa State Governor, Hajiya Silifat Sule, has charged women to show more interest in the game of golf to improve their physical and mental well-being.
Hajiya Sule gave the charge on Saturday at the kick-off of the 1st Ladies Open Golf Championship held at the Lafia Golf Club Course in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.
The wife of the governor, who underscored the benefits of sporting activities to human physical and mental well-being, said it was her hope to see more women in the state and across the country show more interest in golf, in order to boost their physical and mental health.
“Please and please I want everyone, especially our women, more women to come out and show more interest in golf.
“Golf is an interesting game with many benefits and if more women show interest and come out to play the game, the people of Nasarawa state and the country too will be proud of us,” she said.
Speaking in an interview with journalists, Lady Captain, Lafia Golf Club, Mrs Asibi Omeri-Ogabo, said the maiden open championship had attracted female golfers from all over the country.
“Today, we are witnessing our 1st Ladies Golf Open and this has attracted women from across the country and so we will like our women in the state to also participate so they can also win prizes.
“I want to call on all Nasarawa state women to come out and join us in golfing because I will love to see us mingle together, play together, and enjoy ourselves together.
“We will like more of our women to come out and represent our state in the game. So after this event, we expect more women to come out and join the Lafia Golf Club. The registration fee is the lowest in Nigeria. It is just N20,000.
“The tournament will feature Lafia amateur lady golfers from handicap 29 to 36, while the main competition will feature male and female golfers from handicap 0 to 28,” she said.
She appreciated the Nasarawa state government for giving them to organise the championship.
The Voice reports that the maiden edition of the championship which commenced on September 4 is expected to conclude on Sunday, September 5 with award of prizes for winners.