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Nigerian Junior Golfers pose at the 1st tee of IBB Golf Club, during the recently concluded 1st KGI All African Championships. Far left, Mr. Wadak, and Samuel Machang (far right) who qualified to visit Europe.
Former Internal Affairs Minister and Senator representing Plateau South Senatorial district (2007-2011), Senator John Nanzip Shagaya, is to lead a delegation of Nigerian young golfers to the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation European Championships which takes place in Gullane, Scotland from June 5 – 8, 2012. The golfers aged between 5 years and 18 years-old emerged from the recently concluded Kids Golf International All African Junior Golf Championships which took place at the IBB Golf Course in Abuja. The event was organised by the Kids Golf International in partnership with the Ladies section of the IBB Golf Club. Senator John Shagaya is also among the first group of inductees into the KGI Golf Hall of Fame for his visionary and lifetime contribution to golf. As the leader of the delegation, he will also be presenting the Golf Hall of Fame award to the President and Founder of the U.S Kids Golf Foundation, Mr. Dan Van Horn for his worldwide contribution to the development of golf among young children. Commenting on his decision to come with the team, President and Founder of Kids Golf International, Prince Kenny Thompson, said he is very delighted to have him Senator Shagaya with them. “His dedication to golf development in Nigeria is unrivalled and for me, it shows that we did not make any mistake in giving him the Golf of Hall Fame Award,” Prince Thompson said. The final Nigerian contingent are Georgia Oboh of Ikeja Golf Club, who will be the official captain of the team, Jordan Thompson (IBB), Samuel Machang (Rayfield, Jos), Judith Nyoon (IBB), Gampyal Shagaya (IBB), Edward Iloghallu (IBB), Abubakar Aminu (IBB), Mumemgadi Iloghallu (IBB), Aizoe Okaisabor (IBB), Aidevo Okasaibor (IBB), Atahomon Okaisabor (IBB), Tawa Ademola (IBB), Jasmine Ogboru (Ikoyi 1938), Hauwa Abubakar Abdullahi(IBB), Zinkgak Wadak, and Abba Wadak (Rayfield, Jos). The delegation will also include the current lady captain of IBB Golf Club, Mrs. Anne Addeh, and the immediate past lady captain, Mrs Nana Wusalitu Abubakar, who was very instrumental in organising the 1st KGI All African junior championships in partnership with the Kids Golf International.

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This article was first published on 29th May 2012 and updated on May 31st, 2012 at 1:07 pm

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