Efforts to set the Nigerian Tour on a sound footing appears to be nearing fruition, as the Professional Golfers’ Association of Nigeria (PGAN) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with BJ International Promotions as marketing partner for tour events.
PGA Director, Samson Lawal, who spoke at the event, said the development was part of the association’s effort at reaching more stakeholders for an improved tour.
“It is no doubt that the Nigerian Tour has some pedigree on the continent. This is evident in the number of countries that our members are drawn from. Only the Sunshine Tour in South Africa can rival us in this capacity.x
“But that is not to say we have all things perfect yet. Partners like the BJ International are people we are working with to drive our brand and deepen our deliverables for our members, and all stakeholders,” Lawal said.
Lawal, who took office in March, 2016, said he hoped to leave the PGAN better than he met it.
Chairman of BJ International, Bunmi Jenyo, said the partnership excites his team, which is already working to make the development a worthy one for both parties.
Jenyo, who promised to fast-track the development of the Nigerian Tour, said, “We have a pedigree in promoting Nigerian talents across the world in the past. Although this maybe our first incursion into sports, we are hoping all our machinery will work for the good and development of the PGAN.”
He also hinted that his organisation was already working to seal her first championship event for the association in Osun State.
“The event we are working on is our maiden outing, and it will be staged at the MicCom Golf and Country Club, Ada, Osun State,” he hinted.
Tournament Director of the PGA of Nigeria, Uche Eze, confirmed the event, but added that a tentative date of November 29 to December 2 was being considered for the event, while a purse of about N10 million had been proposed for it.