Igyem Samuel, a newly inducted PGA of Nigeria player has revealed that it was more tasking as a professional player than an amateur saying; he would prove that his qualification was not a fluke.
Samuel was the only one who qualified out of 81 candidates in the January 2018 Qualifying School examination in Jos, Plateau State; he recounted his first professional game at the Captain Hosa Birthday Tournament in Benin City, Edo State in February 2018.
“My first professional game in Benin was very bad; I could not swing and putt properly – I was afraid of every move; feeling intimidated among the bigger pros.
“But, in my amateur days, I was playing more like a professional. I have realised it was a different ball game and a very big challenge to be a professional,” he explained.
Samuel of Lamingo Golf Club and a year-two Higher National Diploma (HND) student of Plateau State Polytechnic, Holshe in Jos was encouraged by co-golfers to rise up to the occasion.
“I got huge encouragement from older professionals that I must be courageous instead of feeling intimidated. I also realised that if my performance at the PGAN Qualifying School in January was anything to go by, then I have to prove myself.
In this regard, he enthused that his performance at the Kadinvest Open over the weekend in Kaduna was encouraging even as he did not win and commended the Plateau State Government for his sponsorship.