Lagos — Golf players and enthusiasts from different parts of the country were in a palpable celebration mood last weekend at the closing ceremony of one of the most prestigious golf tournaments in Nigeria, the Guinness Cup Golf Tournament which took place at the Ikeja Golf club. It was indeed a fitting climax of a weeklong event which attracted over 250 golfers.
Speaking at the award ceremony, the captain of the Ikeja Golf Club, Olakunle Ogunleye was full of praises for Guinness Nigeria Plc for its commitment to the growth of golf in Nigeria demonstrated through consistent sponsorship. He further stated that "this year's Guinness Cup showcased the best of golf in all categories. "
Also speaking about the event, the Director of Corporate Relations, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Tony Okwoju said, "Our expectation is always high in Guinness, the tournament met our expectations in every area, the turn out of players was very impressive. Players were quite excited. They liked the game and the things they took away from the tournament. Everyone who participated took away something. Guinness aspires to be the most celebrated company in the world, our plan for our business is not different from our plan for the games. We make products that create room for enjoyment and we sponsor the golf tournament which is giving people a chance to enjoy themselves. So, it is all about what they get to take away from the tournament."
Golfers in all categories were recognised and rewarded for their scintillating performance in the tournament.
In the caddies' junior category, which was the first contest of the tournament, Opeyemi Abolade won, scoring 80 gross, beating the runner up Gbenga O. who also scored 80 gross on count-back. The winner of the Caddies senior was Dan Banta who scored 71 gross to beat his runner up Segun Okunola on count-back. In the Ikeja Golf Club administrative staff category, Samuel Agoro won by scoring 46 over nine holes.
The Ladies event which took place on the third day of the event was in four categories. The Ladies veteran category was won by Mrs B. Ransome-Kuti, who scored 76 net. Like all the winners she went away with a trophy and a television set. The ladies guest category was won by Mrs. Shade Boyejo who scored 72 net while Mrs. Chichi Alamugu won the ladies gross category. The big game of the Ladies event was the ladies net category and it was aptly won by the captain of the ladies section of the Ikeja Golf club, Chief Mrs. Iyabo Ogunnaike.
The men's event debuted on Thursday. In the men's Thursday kitty, Yomi Egbe scored 67 net to win Akinyemi Idowu who also scored 67 net on count-back. The winner of the guest event on Friday was E. Odubanjo while Segun Otenaike won in the special guest category.
In the senior veteran category, General Olayinka Sule won scoring 85 net nto beat Chief Osunkeye who scored 92 net to second position. Lawal Solarin won the Longest Drive prize while Muideen Olaitan won the Nearest-to-the-Pin prize, having been just 4 inches from the hole.
The grand finale of the game was contested in two divisions of golfers. In Division B which rallied golfers in the 15-28 handicap, Abiodun Kola-Daisi won scoring 72 net to beat Ayo Akande who also scored 72 net on count-back. In the Division A, comprising 0-14 handicap, Muideen Olaitan won scoring 72 gross, 70 net to beat Jimoh Ogundare who scored 71 net.
Also speaking about the championship, the managing director of Guinness Nigeria Plc, Mr. Devlin Hainsworth, said the outcome of this year's contest was a fulfillment of the promise he made last year that the tournament would get bigger and better every year. He praised the Ikeja Golf Club for the superb organisation of the tournament which he also described as a great celebration.