Eben-Spiff upsets Adebayo in play-off to win Lakowe Club Championship
Three-handicapper, Peter Eben-Spiff, last Sunday, upturned an eight-stroke deficit from the opening round of the Sixth Lakowe Lakes Golf Club’s ‘Club Championship’ to win the event for the third straight edition.
Eben-Spiff had trailed early leader, Tunji Adebayo, who shot 75, three over course par and had only hoped to have a descent closing round given the margin he needed to cover if he aspired a win in the closing round.
According to him, “I have only come to support those I believe were more positioned to win here today,” he said, moments after he won from the three-hole play-off that the club declared when he returned a brilliant 76 to tie Adebayo’s closing 84 for joint club house lead.
“It is great to have this win. I cherish it and I thank all that gave me the opportunity to rise to the podium here again,” he added.
His win extended the club’s record on the number of wins (three) and the only player to have done it back-to-back. Tunji Adebayo, also a former winner, ties Tim Ayomike and Timothy Maguire as players with one win a-piece.
The club championship is Lakowe Lake’s crowning event for the golf calendar year. This year’s edition was supported by Mixta Africa, Mainstream Foundation, Hydropolis, Geregu Powerplant PLC, NNPC/Chevron JV, Interswitch, Sparkle, Gremoore, TotalEnergies, OPAS and DEL.
Fatumata Coker, defending champion of the lady’s title, fought off opposition to post a respectable 163 gross score over 36 holes to extend her dominance of the class, same as veteran winner, Kim Tai Chul.
Kim fended off threat from Francis Olo for 14 strokes win of the veteran’s title. Other winners at the event include Jae Hae Lee, who went home with the lady’s net prize and Oyenike Aworanti, who was runner-up to Lee in the net class.
Remi Edu was the best net player for gentlemen… he beat David Maji to the second place with eleven strokes.
Golf Manager, Femi Olagbenro, said this year’s championship has come down to one of the most keenly contested in the club’s history,
“The Club Championship winner has never emerged through play-off and the fact that it did gave a different coloration to this year’s version and the rising level of each player’s competitiveness.
“Generally, as a club, the experience of individual player at every event is our goal. We want to make sure it surpasses their last. It is about the value added for every round of golf played. And this year’s championship I believe scored high on that,” he added.