As the First Dolphin Golf Club (1st DGC) Lady Captain’s Inaugural Tournament hold this weekend in Navy Town Lagos, it would not be an error of reasoning to say that Mrs Bose Onwuegbu the Lady Captain has set a pace for her prospective successors to build on going forward.
This impression is against the backdrop of the media hype and response the tournament has received with 158 golfers (67 ladies and 91 men) who have signed up at the close of registration on October 4.
This is even as organising Ladies Tournament at the DGC since 23 years was becoming an “impossibility” giving the dearth of women membership and “mother-figure” to drive the process.
But at the end of this whole event the story will be, ‘once upon a time was a Lady Captain, Bose Onwuegbu’, who changed the narrative from hopelessness to hopefulness of progress and development of women golf at the Dolphin Golf Club.
Recalled in June 2021 at the HSDGC Classics which held in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State capital, Mrs Onwuegbu told SOKOnnect she was planning a tournament that would be all embracing – a Pro-Am – at the DGC.
“My tenure as Lady Captain in Dolphin Golf Club is to make a difference; to do that which people may think is impossible; with the will-power, I believe one can achieve a lot in life.
“This is why I want to stage a tournament that will bring everyone together from across the country and beyond, the amateurs and professionals; a tournament that everyone will live to remember – it will hold before the close of the year,” the Lady Captain said then.
Thus, on Monday October 4, 2021 the seeming dream became a reality as the Lady Captain’s Inaugural Tournament teed off with the Caddies Event which also involved some Officers of the Club; the Caddies were age 10-20; it was followed by the professionals on Wednesday October 6.
Special Categories women, Handicap 29-36, will be on the course to express themselves – skill for skill – in swinging and putting as ‘golf is for all.’
Ahead of the main event however, participants will take their arrival on Friday October 8; practice round takes place as welcome cocktail party holds at 5:00 p.m. at the Club House.
On Saturday October 9 for the main event at the DGC course, ladies and men, Handicap 0-28 will file out at 7:00 a.m.to slug it out for the star prizes; the veterans will also be in the mix, just as the official tee off is 8:00 a.m.; closing ceremony comes up later in the day and departure is Sunday October 10.
The social Lady Captain in a bid to prove her genuine desire for golf development over the weekend at the Federation elections in Abuja, she got elected into the Board to represent the South-West Zone of the Nigerian Golf Federation (NGF).