Iyare, Igbanadolor win Ighodaro@50 tournament
General Oscar Iyare (rtd) and Ehis Igbinadolor were at their best as they beat the field to win the Dr. Emmanuel Ighodaro@ 50 Birthday Golf Tournament held in Benin, Edo State on Sunday.
The birthday tournament was organised by Friends of Dr. Ighodaro and the management of Benin Club, Golf Section (BCGS) in honour of the current BCGS competition/handicap secretary.
General Iyare, handicap 13, against all odds commandeered the men’s category with an unbelievable net score of 65 at the expense of Ralph Irorere with 70 net score, while Sam Awiaka beat Ehiorobor on count back to settle for third place, both having played 71 net respectively.
In the same vein, Igbinadolor (hcp.18) played her game to the fullest with a net score of 70 to win the ladies category ahead of ex-lady captain, Princess Nkeiruka Awiaka (hcp.20), who played 76 net, just as Suwadetu Mahmud (hcp.19) placed third with 77 net.
At the end of the competition, encomiums were showered on the celebrant, Dr. Ighodaro for his exemplary quality and role in ensuring the game of golf hosted by the club was well organised, and hitch free.
In his speech, Dr. Ighodaro appreciated all the participants for coming to honour him at the tournament, adding that he felt elated with the turnout despite being held on a Sunday, when they could have been at home relaxing with their families.
In the other categories, Sir. Tony Aghedo played 68 net to beat Basil Idahosa (75 net) and Chief Makole Azugbene (77 net) to second and third place respectively to win the veteran men’s event. Dr. John Ogbeide won the super veterans’ men cadre with a net a score of 75, beating Solomon Asemota (SAN), 78 net.
Omosefe Osaghae was not left out of the victory party, as she won the veteran ladies with 79 net. Also, Sala Oise emerged victorious in guest ladies event with 79 net, while U. Nkwor won the guests men category with 70 net.
Osaze Iyare won both best gross and longest drive hole 11 men award, as Valentine Manteau won the ladies longest drive. Justice Phil Obanor and Dr. Charles Ajayi went home with the nearest the pin hole 12 trophy.
The highlight of the tournament was the presentation of trophies, and various prizes to those who distinguished themselves, while the entertainment of guests and participants lasted till late at night.