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Benin fired up as 200 players arrive for NNPC Upstream Tournament


If you want to see the best of golf action this weekend, then the Benin Club Golf Section (BCGS) Course is the place to be. Reason: More than 200 players from across the country have arrived in t5he city for the 2019 edition of the NNPC Upstream Golf Tournament, which tees off today. It will end tomorrow.

Apart from the players in it for the honours available, there are also dignitaries, who will play for bragging rights, the organisers told The Guardian yesterday.

They added that the NNPC Managing Director, Mele Kyari, is among the celebrity players in the mix.


According to the BCGS Competition/Handicap Secretary, Dr. Emmanuel Ighodaro, the competition is expected to be very competitive, due to sheer number and quality of golfers registered to play at the tournament sponsored by NNPC and its subsidiaries.

Dr. Ighodaro said: “The course is in good shape. NNPC Upstream tournament is a prestigious event in Nigeria’s golfing calendar, keenly looked forward to because of the status and quality of organisation. NNPC’s partnership with BCGS is to encourage more people to participate in the sport, especially the staff of the Corporation.

“Among the dignitaries expected to play on Saturday are Group Managing Director (GMD) of NNPC, Mallam Mele Kyari; Deputy Governor of Edo State, Philip Shaibu, and captains in the oil and gas industry, especially from the upstream sector.

“The NNPC coordinator of the tournament, Dr. Mohammed Zango informed that the GMD Mallam Mele  Kyari has accepted to personally do the ceremonial tee-off on Saturday, August 31, at the club.

“The GMD is committed to encouraging a healthy lifestyle amongst NNPC staff, strengthening NNPC- Host Community relationship, and fostering better business relationships amongst captains in the oil and gas industry, in line with his three-point agenda of Transparency, Accountability and Performance Excellence (TAPE).

“The club’s readiness to successfully organise a befitting tournament cannot be over emphasized. The tournament is to drive home the NNPC’s dedication to the sustainability of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) to the society at large.

“Golf is a game of life. This tournament is an opportunity for NNPC staff, guests and golfers to unwind from their busy schedule and participate fully in the event. It is to maximize the benefit of physical fitness.

“It will tee-off on Friday with men’s handicap 19 – 28; veteran men and ladies, as well as super veteran men respectively, while the arrival of guests and cocktail party holds later in the day. Saturday tee-off is for men handicap 0-18 and ladies. Also, NNPC staff, special guests, and guests as well.”

Incidentally, the duo of Dr. Ighodaro Emmanuel and Princess Habiibah Oyeghe Oyarekhua, the lady captain, are the defending champions in men’s and ladies’ categories respectively, having won the 2018 edition.

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