The Emir of Birnin Gwari, Alhaji Zubair Jibril, has called for support for the Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria’s Qualifying School saying the event is significant to national development.
According to him, “Whatever is being done to ameliorate the unemployment situation of the country should be supported and I see a couple of youth being economically liberated through this event.”
Ninety-three players who had relinquished their amateur status will be competing to join the elite professional class after a one-week test at Kaduna Golf Club.
Dominic Andrew the Operations Director of the PGA added that some of the players that would be tested at the event have been camped there to familiarize themselves with the facility.
“The Q-School is a very keenly contested event and it has grown tougher over the years. With the standard in place the quality of the players that has been admitted have been better than before” Andrew said.
Festus Makelemi who heads the PGAsaid that the added that body is set to run the week-long test for the players.
“The course has been put in prime shape for the event, our team of examiners has been set up and all the materials to be used in the week-long test have all been provided for. We know that there are expectations from different clubs who have representatives for this event and we are prepared to run the most transparent Q-school ever” he said.
At the event the players would be subjected to 4 rounds of golf, test on rules and ethics of the game, pro-shop management, and golf club repairs among others.
The event would be rounded off with a Pro-Am that will feature the eventual qualifiers and members of the host club on Saturday January 17.