How Adekoya became new king of Nigeria Cup
It was not expected to be an easy feat for whoever aspired to take Andrew Odiri’s Nigeria Cup crown, but Segun Adekoya on Sunday proved beyond reasonable doubt that he deserved the honour.
It was the main deal of the 20th in the series of the famous Nigeria Cup, a tournament put in place to celebrate the nation’s Independence anniversary at the golf section of Ikoyi Club 1938.
To win the keenly contested competition, Adekoya netted a score of 70, beating Niyi Latinwo, who shot 71-net, by one shot.
With his feat, Adekoya replaced Andrew Odiri, the tournament’s defending champion, on the Nigeria Cup winner’s chart.
Speaking shortly after receiving his trophy, Adekoya said his calm disposition toward the game earned him the victory.
Playing off handicap 13, Ubong Akpan, grossed 85 score for 72-net score to take the third position, while Uwem Udoh’s 73-net score placed him in the fourth position.
Olu Ojutalayo completed the top—five in the net category after 74-net score.
In the Gross category, Godfrey Oboh stole the show with a score of 80, while former Nigeria Cup champion, Tim Ayonmike, playing off a handicap of three, grossed 80 but lost on count back to Oboh.
Esosa Austin Ojomo with a gross score of 83 came third in the event, while Frank Momoh came in the fourth position.
Former club captain, Dapo Akande completed the top five in the gross category for men.
Happy at the turn out and participation at the weeklong competition, Chairman 2016 Nigeria Cup Organising Committee, Bayo Alli, thanked members of the club and corporate organizations for their support, saying without them it would have been difficult to put the tournament together.
While also commending his committee member for their effort toward a successful event, Alli congratulated the champion, saying he deserved the honour.
While urging Nigerians to be steadfast in spite the challenges the nation is presently going through, Alli said, “Collectively we will surmount the challenges together”, adding that “there is so much to celebrate as a nation”.
Chairman Ikoyi Golf Nigeria Community Association, (IGCNA), Babatunde Johnson, also commended Bayo Alli and the 2016 committee for a job well done.