BY SEGUN ADEBAYO – Kano Golf Club Captain, Alhaji Ali Muhammad Magashi has identified Golf tournament as a veritable avenue of promoting Unity, enhancing Peace, and boosting the Hospitality industry.
Magashi also said that Golf facilitates the overall socio-economic development of the society.
The Kano Golf Club Captain, who stated these while chatting with journalists in Kano on Sunday at the Closing Ceremony of the Captain’s Inaugural Tournament held at the 112 year Old Club, said the event that had 281 golfers from across the country enhanced the hospitality industry in Kano as major hotels and other businesses thrive in the state during the period.
He said; “Some of the Golfers were visiting the ancient City of Kano for the first time while for others, it was a reunion with friends and other acquaintances”.
Magashi said the inaugural tournament was expected to hold in April after their election into the management committee of Kano Golf Club but due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was shifted.
Magashi, who is an Aeronautics Engineer, Mortgage Banker and one of the newly 39 Non-Career Ambassadors appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari, explained that since the election of the new management of Kano Golf Club about six months ago, there has been a lot of turnaround in terms of infrastructural development to encourage golfers and make the environment conducive for conduct of the game.
In his words; “Despite the COVID-19 pandemic lock down, we were able to achieve some modest development that include complete refurbishment and furnishing of the club house, building and furnishing of a new committee complex with lounge, committee meeting room, manager’s office , secretary’s office and captain’s office.
“We built new showers and toilets for the convenience of our ladies and gentlemen; most importantly we have continued to maintain and improve the play-ability of our golf course of about 22 hectares despite the heavy down pour in the last few weeks,” he enthused.
Magashi appreciated the good sportsmanship displayed by all the golfers in different categories of the three days tournament noting that the support of the sponsors also made the occasion eventful.
On his part, an elated Chairman of Kano Club Board of Trustees, Alhaji Sani Dutsi who is also a veteran amateur Golfer, said the tournament has rekindled the hope of the return of the lost glory of the club coupled with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dutsi noted that the golf section of the Kano club is very vibrant thus urged other sections such as Tennis and Darts to emulate so as to serve as cynosure to other clubs in the country.
Highlights of the three day event include presentation of prizes to winners in different categories where 33 years old Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps operative and Kano based Golf Professional, Kamalu Bako, won the star prize of undisclosed Hundreds of Thousands Naira.
Six Feet and Five Inches (1.98Metres) tall Kamalu Bako scored 65 in the One day 18 Hole (72 Course Par) special event organized for 21 invited Golf Professionals from across the nation.
Similarly, Mohammed Kabiru Haruna also from Kano Golf Club came second with a 71 Score while Agom Emma who scored 72 and James Bulus also with a return of 72 and both from Lamingo Golf Club in Plateau State shared the monetary prizes of third position.
ASP Rachael Danjuma, an 8 Handicap Golfer of the IBB Golf and Country Club Abuja, returned a Net of 147 Scores to win the first position in the 0 – 18 Handicap Ladies Categories while a retired Nigerian Army Officer and one time Military Administrator of Akwa Ibom State, Colonel Yakubu Bako, had the Best Net Scores of 152 in the Veterans categories and was closely followed by Garba Baban Boy (152), Sule Imam (153) while Isa Ado alias “Kano Bature” had the Best Gross of 157.
During the event, NCDC, PTF and WHO guidelines on COVID-19 Protocols on Physical Distancing, Hand washing hygiene and wearing of Facemasks were strictly observed during the tournament. As a result, a maximum of 10 persons per Flight (Four Golfers, Four Caddies and Two ball Watchers) were allowed.
On the eve of the commencement of the Tournament, the entire Golf Course, the Club House and the new Management Complex were fumigated and thoroughly washed with Disinfectants by a Kano based renowned Cleaning, Refuse Collection and Disposal Company – Umaru Matches Cleaning Services that was contracted for the job.