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500 players battle for honours at 50th Ikeja golf club championship

By Gowon Akpodonor
16 November 2021   |   2:54 am
About 500 players are featured in various events marking the 50th Ikeja Golf Club Championship. It started yesterday, in Lagos.

About 500 players are featured in various events marking the 50th Ikeja Golf Club Championship. It started yesterday, in Lagos.

The Captain of the Club, Hakeem Akintoye, told journalists that the weeklong activities would cover ‘everybody’ including the Lady golfers.

“Unlike other golf clubs in Lagos that engage in other sporting activities and ceremonies, we stick to golf only. That is why we pride ourselves the foremost golf club in Lagos,” Akintoye said.

According to him, this year’s edition of the Ikeja Golf Club Championship, which runs from November 15 to 21, will produce champions in single and doubles matches.

Akintoye hinted that between 80 to 90 golfers took part in yesterday’s opening event, just as 60 to 70 professional golfers are also expected to take part in the event.

He said: “The Ladies will take their turn on Wednesday, while Thursday will be opened to all the golfers. Friday is Day One of the Club Championship event and Saturday is Day Two. The club champions for the year will be picked on Sunday,” he said.

“In Ikeja Golf Club, we don’t make income. We play golf for pleasure. Apart from this championship, our corporate golf challenge event will hold in January. We also play our inter-club matches between August and September. Ikeja golf club also caters for the young ones. Last month, we hosted the Awa Ibraheem Junior Open Championship for youths from various golf clubs across the country,” he said.

Akintoye commended all the sponsors that made this year’s championship success, just as he called on more corporate organisations to join them next year.