President of the Senate, David Mark has predicted that the Glo Golf Tour West Africa, which made its debut this year, will soon go international with golfers from other continents of the world coming to Nigeria to compete for laurels.
Mark, who stated this at the official tee off of the third leg of the tour at the IBB Golf and Country Club Abuja, noted that if the annual event continues, Nigeria will be able to produce beaters in the sport in the next few years.
"I am happy to note that we have players from different countries in Africa competing in the tour.
It is a thing of pride for our country and I commend Globacom for it. Good players can emerge from this and I believe by next year, it can even become a world tour with international players taking part in it.
"Through this, we can get young players who can effectively compete outside with the best international stars.
The Glo Golf Tour has the highest prize money and this is wonderful. If other corporate bodies can emulate Globacom, I am sure the sport has very bright prospects in Nigeria," said Mark.
Meanwhile, competition in the professional category entered day two yesterday, with the original 80 players who started on Tuesday reduced to 40. The top contenders, including winners of the Asaba and Sagamu legs, Vincent Torgah and Andrew Oche Odoh, are still in the race for the N15 million prize money for professionals in Abuja alone.
The winner of the Abuja leg of the tour will emerge on Friday when the four-day event will come to an end.
The grand finale of the Glo Golf Tour will be held at Otukpo Benue State from December 6 to 9. The Pro-Am prize for the tour is N62.5million, the biggest in Africa.