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Ade-Ojo promises bigger Wuraola golf tourney next year


Sunday Olapade is one of the golfers that may grace the 15th Elizabeth Wuraola Ade-Ojo Tournament… next year.

Next year’s Elizabeth Wuraola Ade-Ojo Golf Championship will be something the participating golfers will marvel at, sponsor of the competition, Chief Michael Ade-Ojo has promised.

Chief Ade-Ojo is the chairman/founder of the most magnificent golf course in the West African sub-region, the Smokin Hills Golf Resort in Ilara Mokin, Ondo State, which hosts the annual Elizabeth Wuraola Adeojo Memorial Golf Tournament.

Speaking at the gala night climaxing the 14th edition of the tournament at the weekend, Chief Ade-Ojo outlined his plans to make Ilara Mokin and indeed, Ondo State endearing to visitors at the 15th edition of the tournament.


“Life is not worth living if one does not have anything to be remembered for. The woman in whose honour this tournament is organized was everything a woman wants to be. Beyond being a wife, she was a dutiful mother to her children and a compassionate boss to her colleagues. She was the silent force behind various successes of the Group and a mentor to her colleagues. Great lives like hers never go out, they go on. Notwithstanding her departure, the family has continued to stand in unity,” he said.

He promised, “A new Five Star Hotel complete with swimming pools will provide accommodation to golfers coming here next year to play in this new 18-hole championship golf course. This hotel with amusement park will remain true to its African origins with the overall design and interiors being based on local Nigerian art and traditional architecture.”

Also speaking at the event, Olaniyi Agere praised Chief Ade-Ojo for organizing a championship that brings all golfers together every year.

“I wish him long life to continue doing what he is doing here. It is a wonderful competition. This is my fourth time in this tournament,” he said.

In his submission, a veteran, Ola Peters, who has been a professional golfer since 1979, said, “The Wuraola Ade-Ojo golf tournament is a big tournament every golfer looks forward to every year. This golf course is one of the best golf courses in Nigeria. If we can have two or three of this type of course, I believe we can challenge Tiger Woods or any known golfer anywhere in the world.

“This year’s tournament is quite different from the previous editions because there is a lot of changes, the golf course is in beautiful shape. Any golfer who has not come to Smokin Hills Golf Course to play is missing a lot in this country.”

A professional golfer from Ikeja Golf Club, Douglas Appa, who has been playing golf for the past 57 years, described “Elizabeth Wuraola as a very significant tournament in the golfing calendar of this country for professionals and amateurs. We love coming here every year for this tournament. The turn out is very overwhelming. So it’s a very popular tournament and we love to come here every year by the grace of God.”

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