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Asiwaju Ayinla awed by ‘fantastic’ shape of IGC facilities in dire times

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The effects of the coronavirus outbreak have negatively impacted many aspects of life in Nigeria. Things are not what they used to be. But at the Ibadan Golf Club, it seems the COVID-19 lockdown provided an opportunity for the managers of the course to work wonders on the facilities.

That is how a member of the club, Asiwaju Oladimeji Olatilewa Ayinla feels, and he invites every gold lover in Nigeria to come to Ibadan and behold the wonders.

IGC’s lush-green and improved facilities, in spite of the pandemic that hampered sporting activities for the past five months, according to Asiwaju Ayinla, has shown that the members took the right decision when the handed the reins of the club over to the current captain, Ola Ibironke.

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He praised Ibironke and his team for maintaining and upgrading the facilities despite the fact that they came into office when the club’s revenue had been adversely affected by inactivity caused by the pandemic.

Asiwaju Ayinla, who said the IGC course still ranked among the best in the country, said, “The Club Captain is the link between the administration of the club and the athletes, and our captain here has always represented the views of the golfers within the club, by urging us to always adhere to safe social distancing guidelines before, during and after play. He always maintains that we all should be cognisant of the required social behaviour as being able to play golf during this crisis is both an opportunity and responsibility.

“Ibironke is restoring the rich golfing traditions IGC is noted for with his organisational skills.

“He is diplomatic, patient and exhibits integrity in the face of regular volley of complaints and whines from members, who think they know the way a club should be run.”

Ayinla added, “The game of golf is wonderful for the psyche. It keeps the mind alert and provides vital human contact, along with several other benefits to mental health.

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When I am nervous and bothered, I play golf and it reduces the stress and anxiety in me.

“Taking a good walk in the fresh air while playing golf does wonders for endorphin and serotonin levels in the brain, which boosts my morale, improve my mood and reduces levels of stress and anxiety.”

He attributed his fast improvement in the game, from official handicap 24 to now 20, to a group within the IGC called ‘Fun Golfers Group,’ which is chaired Olawale Oshungboun, who is also the House & Bar officer of the club.

“I met with their criteria and joining them has improved my game. The like-minded people there are the present captain and four past captains, two past captains of Tiger Golf Club, a trustee of IGC and the present Ekiti Golf Club captain, among others,” Asiwaju Ayinla said.

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