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Ikoyi Golf Community ready to roll as players set for Nigeria Cup

By Christian Okpara
24 September 2021   |   4:29 am
Ikoyi, the highbrow area of Lagos, has some of the best amateur golfers in the country. These are men and women, who see golf as a way of life and go out to make the sport as enjoyable and festive as it can be.

Alice Ben of Birview (left); Chairman, Ikoyi Golf Community Nigeria Association (IGCNA), Wahab Aminu-Sarumi; Ikoyi Club 1938 Golf Captain, Meckson Innocent Okoro; GM, HR Oaks Limited, Idia Okundaye; and Co-Vice Chairman, 2021 Nigeria Cup Organising Committee, Ronke Iyiola, at 2021 Nigeria Cup press briefing…on Wednesday

Ikoyi, the highbrow area of Lagos, has some of the best amateur golfers in the country. These are men and women, who see golf as a way of life and go out to make the sport as enjoyable and festive as it can be.

From Monday, September 27, the golfers will roll out the red carpet to welcome players from across the country in a competition that has become synonymous with Nigeria’s yearly independence anniversary.

The competition is known as the Nigeria Cup, and this year’s event, according to the organisers, promises a festival of golf, culture and music in an atmosphere devoid of tension and the fear created by the COVID-19 pandemic. This. Of course, is because the organisers have put in place measures aimed at protecting participants through out the duration of the event.

Speaking at pre-event media briefing at the golf section of Ikoyi Club 1938 during week, Wahab Aminu-Sarumi, who spoke on behalf of Ikoyi Golf Community Nigeria Association (IGCNA), said it would be a week of festivities, adding that the 24th edition of the tournament engages all segments of the club.

According to Aminu-Sarumi, caddies will tee of the event on Monday, September 27, while ladies will take their turn on the course on Tuesday. “Wednesday has been slated as special Independence Kitty. Thursday is for professional golfers, who will play for money.

“The course will host veterans and sponsors representatives’ on Friday, while Saturday, October 2 is grand finale and the day a new Nigeria Cup champion will be crowned.”

While thanking sponsors AMNI Petroleum, ND Western, Grand Oak, Sapetro, Design Union, Birdview Travel and Tours, Chevron, Total, KPMG, for supporting the event over the years, Sarumi said IGCNA and the entire club would continue to appreciate their support, pledging the resolve of IGCNA to continue to maintain the partnership.  

“We thank the sponsors for their support in this difficult period. May I also thank the members of the community for their tremendous contributions to this event. We are very grateful,” Aminu-Sarumi said.

Also speaking, the club captain, Meckson Innocent Okoro, promised a thrilling week on the course, noting that Nigeria Cup is one of the biggest sporting events in the country.

“This year’s Nigeria Cup, will be organised in full observance of COVID-19 protocols,” he added.