Ali Magashi Emerges Captain Of 112 Year Old Kano Golf Club
A new Management Committee has been elected to run the affairs of the over a Century-old Kano Golf Club in the ancient city of Kano.
They include Ali Mohammed Magashi an old Aeronautical and Telecommunications Engineering graduate of the Nigerian College of Aviation Technology, Zaria who was returned unopposed as the Captain of the oldest Golf Club in Nigeria.
Other members of the new Management Committee are, Mr Khalil Muslimani – Vice Captain; Dr Yahaya Tanko – Secretary; M. S. Muhammed – Course Officer; Auwalu Badawa – Competition Secretary; Dr Mustapha Muhammad Lawan – Public Relations Officer; Gambo Muhammed – Handicap Secretary; Rabiu Mohammed Diyam – Treasurer; Kehinde O. Habib – Bar Secretary and Victor Oladele and Kamaluddeen Sani as Committee members.
In his post-election speech, the new Captain, an Avionics Engineer, Flight Engineer and a former Instructor and National Examiner on Boeing 727 aircraft and now the Chairman of ASO Savings and Loans Plc, Ali Mohammed Magashi pledged to develop the game of Golf in Kano to the fullest and will immediately introduce a mandatory in-house weekly kitty and monthly competitions among members and make use of his contacts worldwide to organize regular national and International Pro-Am Tournaments at Kano Golf Club.
A statement issued and signed by Abdulkadir Ahmed Ibrahim, FNGE, who is the Media Consultant to Ali Magashi, and sent to Solacebase On Monday explained that the new Captain unveiled his plans to give the Golf Course a new facelift and renovate the Club House to meet International Standard.
The statement said the Captain noted that the game of golf that has no age barrier, promotes physical and mental faculties of the players.
According to the statement, Magashi said with the prevailing peaceful environment and the age-long hospitality of the people of Kano, professional and amateur golfers from all over the world will be coming to play at the historic golf course that will, in turn, boost the economy and develop tourism.
The new Kano Golf Club Captain whose company KITARI Systems Ltd – a Telecommunications and IT firm, sponsored many Golf Tournaments in Kano and Jigawa States commended Kano State Governor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje for reappointing an experienced and successful sports administrator, Alhaji Ibrahim Galadima, as the Chairman of Kano State Sports Commission and pledged to support the Commission and the Government in general in its determination to take the state to its rightful position in sports.
Ali Magashi, a 13 handicap player, participated at many local and international golf tournaments including the last Zambia Open where he shinned among the over 400 amateurs with an impressive 2-over score on the first day that qualified him for the next round.
He paid tribute to former Captains of Kano Golf Club such as late Air Vice Marshal Mukhtar Mohammed (Rtd), late Dr Colonel Osad Osamwonyi, late Alhaji Audu Lukat, Jim Lloyd Jennings, Nasiru Maitama Sule and Colonel Yakubu Bako (Rtd) for their selfless services and commended the untiring efforts and commitments of the current President of Kano Golf Club, Alhaji Muhammadu Lawan Koguna – Durbin Kano and the Lebanese Community towards the development of the game in the state.
‘’Kano Golf Club was established in 1908 as one of the sports centres of the British Army after the conquest of Kano on February 3, 1903, by a detachment of the West African Frontier Force led by an adventurous Canadian Officer, Colonel Thomas L. N. Morland,’’ said the statement.
According to an elder statesman, scholar, historian and a veteran golfer, Muhammadu Uba Adamu (Kantoma), historical documents show that the growth of the European population in Kano facilitated the growth of golf as a game through the participation of members of the British Commercial and Administrative establishment.
It resulted in Barclays Bank now Union Bank to be the first commercial establishment in Kano to organize the premier Golf Competition in 1922, the year Lord Lugard became its Chairman.