… 32 pros battle for N2m cash prize
The 18 holes golf course of the IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja will be behieve of golfing activities as no fewer than 500 golfers including 32 professionals and 20 on-training professionals as well as candids and staff swing for honours in Mike Ekoja 2023 Captain’s Cup, teeing off on Thursday.
At a press conference held on Tuesday to herald the week-long tournament, chairman of the planning committee, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, said the competition, which mark the end of Mike Onoja Ekoja’s tenure as the captain.of the IBB International Golf and Country Club, will also feature international golfers from the neighbouring Cameroon, United kingdom (UK), UAE and others.
“Mike Ekoja set out on the journey to steer the ship of this great club one year ago and as tradition toward the end of tenure of every captain we celebrate his stewardship by organizing great tournaments in golf and tennis for members. But this is unique and the biggest over the previous ones organised over the years.
“This present captain was tagged traveling captain because he has reasons to visit quite a number of counties as a group and few of golf club captains of those countries are coming around to participate and celebrate his tenure,” Oyeyemi said.
According to him, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will perform the ceremonial tee off of the weeklong event on Saturday, April 22, 2023.
The competition secretary of the club, Julius Fadairo, revealed that the tournament which is on stroke format will be strictly based on the WHS handicapping system.
“The tournament proper for members starts up on Thursday and as you are aware in Nigeria, IBB Golf and Country Club is the first club that changed to the WHS handicapping system. So, we’ll be playing the event over three days based on the handicapping system.
“On Wednesday we will have a tee off from 7:am for the professional golfers, 32 of them will be playing for a cash prize of N200, 000, 000. We also have in-training professionals, 20 of them playing for a cash prize of N500, 000.