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Akinsanya, Babalakin win 2018 Southern Sun Ikoyi Golf tourney


Akindele Akinsanya and Idowu Babalakin at the weekend emerged winners in the men and ladies’ categories of the 2018 yearly Southern Sun Ikoyi Golf Tournament held at the Lakowe Lakes and Golf Resorts in Lagos.

Akinsanya, who showed grit, won the men’s class, while Udom Udoh and Remi Olukoya were with second and third positions respectively as their performances left spectators in awe with their tenacity.

In the ladies’ cadre, Babalakin triumphed over the duo of Buday Chantal and Rita Okafor, who came second and third respectively in their class. The ladies’ feats also ensured that spectators were left thrilled with excitement as they displayed spectacular show of competitiveness and sportsmanship to come tops in their category in the tournament that had 80 golfers in attendance.

The 18-hole tourney, which employed foursome format of play with the best three scores per hole counting, was the seventh edition of the yearly tournament and was graced by business associates, friends of the hotel, sponsors, golfers and invited guests, who networked with pleasure as they enjoyed the tournament with a gamut of other activities.

Speaking at the occasion, the General Manager, Southern Sun Ikoyi, Mark Loxley, hailed the athletes, sponsors, guests and media for their attendance.

“We’ve had tremendous support from our tournament sponsors again this year as more partners came on board to identify with our laudable cause. Southern Sun Ikoyi’s business partners are second to none and are always very generous in supporting this event.

“This event is in line with our annual corporate social responsibility philosophy of giving back generously to the society that has supported our business and helped us grow. It aims at bringing our corporate clients and guest together to end the year in grandeur through the game of golf which is renowned for its style, class and social wellbeing,” he said.

Also speaking at the prize giving ceremony, the Deputy General Manager of Southern Sun Ikoyi and athlete, Cliff Shiridzinodya, commended the level of sportsmanship showcased at this year’s edition of the yearly golf tournament.

“I have notice great improvement in the quality of participation and level of play. It is a great honour to compete with colleagues and friends within the industry through the gentleman’s game of golf as it is also my hope to join the podium in future tournaments” he concluded.

As the close of event, guests and participants were gifted with various specials that include including cable TVs, business and economy class tickets to various international travel destinations courtesy of the various tournament’s corporate sponsors.

Sponsors for this year’s tournament include, EKEDC, DHL, Zenith Bank, Legacy Automobiles, Soulcomms, SO&U Ltd, GTBank, RwandAir, Air Namibia, KLM, Kenya Airways, Diamond Bank, Distell, South African Airways, DISTELL,Diageo, PZ Cussons, Heineken, Kwese’ TV, Aviators travel and Tours, IBEDC, The Wine Rack, GDN, African Sports tourism Week, The Lansdown Ibru heights and Fareast Mercantile Co Ltd.

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