The Henry Seriake Dickson Golf and Country Club in Bayelsa State has announced its readiness to host golfers for the 2021 Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria (PGAN) Classic.
According to the organizers, the competition would hold been June 23 to 26, 2021.
The competition will be the second in less than four months that the club will be hosting for a major championship.
It will be recalled that in March this year, the first Bayelsa State Governor’s Cup Invitational Tournament also took place at the club’s magnificent gold course in Yenagoa, the state capital.
A N7 million prize money has been made available and the participants are meant to arrive in the club on June 22 or a few days before tee off for effective practice.
The professionals’ event will hold from June 23 to June 25; a three-day (54 holes) rounds, just as the amateurs will round off the event on June 26.
Some players expected at the tournament are Vincent Torgah, who won the Invitational Tournament in March, Francis Epe of Ikoyi Club, Lagos, who won the PGA AGM event in Port Harcourt also in March and Kamalu Bako of Kano Club, who won the Abia State Governor’s Cup in Aba.
Tournament Director of PGA of Nigeria, Johnbull Dengbofa, said the the new board under the leadership of Dr. Tony Philmoore will ensure regular tournaments to improve the welfare of the professionals.
“This new board is out to improve the fortunes of the PGA of Nigeria; we will do our best to ensure regular tournaments, hopefully every month and that will go a long way to greatly improve the welfare of the professionals,” he assured.
On his part, PGA of Nigeria Secretary, Jide Bolaji, said that COVID-19 rules would still be adhered to at the tournament.
He said: “We must not be complacent as there is a new variant of the dreaded virus disease; we must abide by the rules”.