Abuja - Dr Joyce Barber, the Lady Captain of IBB International Golf and
Country Club, on Saturday said the game of golf was not only for the
rich but for disciplined and focused people.
Barber said this at the official tee-off of the 7th Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor’s Cup in Abuja.
She called on Nigerians to change their perception that golf was for
the rich, saying that it was for principled and focused people.
The lady captain however advised ladies to join to take the game to those in the corporate world.
"I will say women participation in golf is low and we are making
efforts to see that we get more ladies, especially those in the
"Most people have a wrong perception that the game takes a lot of
time to play and it is mainly for the rich, but I can tell you that it
"Golf is one game that you play against yourself; you make out your own time. It helps in healthy living.
"The game is a game of integrity, you cannot play this game and your character is in question, you can’t do it.
"And that is why CBN, the custodian of our finances is supporting
the game, since integrity remain the watch word of the apex bank.
Barber said that the IBB Golf Club started the Junior Open in the country, which was ranked internationally.
"Grassroots development means a lot to the ladies, because golf should really start from the grassroots.
"In Nigeria, the junior open was ranked by the international scene early this year,’’ she said.
Earlier, the CBN Governor, Malam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, said the bank
developed interest in golf because it shared some principles with the
Sanusi was represented at the occasion by his Special Assistant on Payment System, Mr Walter Harry.
"Central Bank sponsors a lot of sporting events because we believe in people living a healthy lifestyle.
"We particularly identify with golf because we have the same kind of
principles, which is focus, planning, consistency and the passion to
excel,’’ he said.