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Golf: Meristem Securities Launches Nigeria’s PGD Tour


January 25, (THEWILL) – The sponsors of Nigeria’s Professional Golf Development (PGD) Tour, Meristem Securities, have announced that their main objective in bankrolling the tournament is to see the country’s golfers play in major tours around the world.

Speaking at a media conference at the corporate headquarters of Meristem Securities in Ikoyi, Lagos, the Group Managing Director of Meristem Securities, Wole Abegunde, said he was very positive about the potential of golfing talents in the country. He cited past players like Peter Akakasiaka, who was the first African to qualify for the finals of the British Open in 1987, as evidence that corporate support could help Nigeria make a mark on the professional golf stage.

“We are very confident that the PGD Tour can be a platform upon which the best golfing talents would get wings to fly, bring value and honour to all stakeholders,” said Abegunde.

Meristem’s Head of Brand and Corporate Communications, Adefemi Taiwo, added that the idea of the PGD Tour was born as Meristem’s Corporate Responsibility to society. “Nigeria’s athleticism, industry, and sporting talent have long been evident in the game of golf, and this project is set to help us underscore that,” she said.

The inaugural Meristem Open, which will launch the new PGD Tour in Nigeria, is scheduled to tee off at the prestigious Lakowe Lakes Golf Estate in Lagos, from January 26 to 28. The tournament’s purse of N10 million is expected to attract some of the best golfers in the region and provide a platform for Nigeria’s golfing talents to showcase their skills and compete on a global stage.