WITH a successful national championship, the Le Meridien (LM) Open Golf Championship, which six editions have so far been held, the International Management Group (IMG), says plans are afoot to add other tournaments to the list of its offerings.
The next on the list, it said an international tourney to be christened West African Amateur Golf Invitational Tournament (WAAGI). It would be for the exclusive delight of elite amateur golfers from the 16 countries that make up the West African sub-region. And baring any hitches, the first edition of the championship would hold by year-end.
Disclosing this to The Guardian, IMG’s General Manager/Consultant at the Le Meridien Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, Uruan, Akwa Ibom State, Sam Logan said the best two amateur players from the 16 countries would be invited to contest for honours at the three-day championship.
“We will invite the two best amateur players from the 16 West African countries to compete against each other adopting a format similar to that of the World Cup of Golf for professionals, and we will have two teams, scramble and bestball. It will be a three-day tournament to be hosted by Nigeria. At the end of which, a West African champion will emerge.
Logan revealed further that, “I am talking to two companies (one is in telecommunication business while the other is in financial business),” adding that “even though both of them have presence in most parts of West Africa, one of them will emerge the major sponsor for WAAGI.”
The IMG chief informed that that “my goal is to stage the event either in November or December this year because that is a great time weather-wise in Nigeria, so the course will be in fine condition. Hosting it right here at Le Meridien Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, will contribute a lot to the tourism drive of the state and indeed the country.
Culled from UyoCalyAxis