All is set for Nigeria Cup, says Alli
Things have started shifting at the Ikoyi Club 1938, Golf Section. It is that time of the year once again when the best players from the club and the cream of Nigerian professionals gather on the elite turf to strut their stuff on the greens. And to make for an exciting competition, members of the club have come together to put together a competition that will be second to none since the Nigeria Cup debuted 19 years ago.
The Nigeria Cup, which is used to mark Nigeria’s Independence anniversary and also celebrate the country’s arts and culture, will hold at the club from tomorrow till October 2. Already, according to the club’s officials, everything expected to make the event successful have been put in place.
Unveiling the programme for this year’s Nigeria Cup on Wednesday, Vice Captain of the Section, Bayo Alli, disclosed that over 400 golfers from across the country would participate in the event, which will feature amateurs, ladies, caddies, the veterans and the professionals.
Alli, who is also the chairman of the Organising Committee, said the event, which is the property of the Ikoyi Golf Community Nigeria Association (IGCNA), would rekindle hope in the country despite the current economic recession.
According to Alli, “Despite all the challenges as a nation, Nigeria is worth celebrating. The fact that we have remained as one united country is one good reason for tis celebration. ”
Alli revealed that the competition would begin tomorrow with the juniors’ event, tagged ‘Catch them young.’ “It will feature children from ages two to 17 years, who will be awarded medals.
“This category has produced some exciting players, including Tokunbo Pedro, Anita Uwadiae and Georgia Oboh, who are making waves abroad,” he said.
It will be followed by the Caddies competition, which “will promote competitive golf among the golf assistants to discover their skills and talents that may be helped to become future professional golfers.
“The ladies’ competition on September 27 will feature ladies of various handicap categories competing among themselves to determine who wins this year’s event.
“The Nigeria Cup kitty, slated for September 28, will feature players with handicap 13 to 28. And it will feature about 200 players.
“The Professionals/Amateurs (Pro-Am), which will hold on September 29, will be a mix of golf professionals and amateurs of handicap zero to 12. About 180 players will take part in it. The professionals will be playing for money, while the amateurs will compete for trophies and gift prizes.”
The chairman disclosed that the guests and veterans play-offs on September 30 “is for our sponsors and senior golfers of age 60 and above, who will compete for various trophies and other prizes.”
Alli disclosed that the organizing committee started planning for the Nigeria Cup in April, adding, “we have reached out to corporate Nigeria. We have different categories of sponsors, who have come together to ensure we hold a befitting competition.
“We will go the extra mile to promote Nigerian culture and heritage. There will be display of artworks and Nigerian dances by cultural troops, while the cuisine will be predominantly Nigerian.”
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