Odegha shoots course record, Leif, others win at Lakowe independence tourney
Sunday Odegha of Minna Cantonment Club, Niger State, celebrated Nigeria’s 56th Independence anniversary in style as he shot a tidy 69, three under par to set a new course record at the Lakowe Lakes and Country Club in Lekki, Lagos State.
The tourney was the Fourth Anniversary and Independence Day Pro-Am staged at the behest of the host club.
An elated Odegha remarked after the contest that the greens were “faultless” and the course layout “superb.”
“It was my second time of playing the course and one could easily forget that there has been a first time, the course just wows you. I hit 14 fairways, but the course can be unforgiving if you stray. I had upper hand because my game was in good shape,” he added.
The former Professional Golfers’ Association of Nigeria (PGAN) Order of Merit leader added that the victory was a good assessment of the condition of his game, even as he looked forward to knocking up more wins when the Nigerian Tour gets underway.
En route to achieving victory, Odegha coasted past Ikeja Golf Club-based Chidi Tobias, who settled for the second spot with a three-shot difference. The duo of Lateef Lasisi and Emeka Obi, finished in third place with 76, four over par a piece.
In the Pro-Am event, where the amateurs’ score were paired with that of professionals, the team led by former Nigeria’s number one player, Gboyega Oyebanji, which also had Idowu Babalakin, Hector Okposo and Leif Maccsson, were crowned winner.
Super regular at the tourney, Peter Eben-spiff, emerged the 2016 I.M.G Club Match-Play winner, and also received an award for his third consecutive single match-play win at the club.
Golf Director at the club, Campbell Elliot, said the event has become, “very popular with the pros, very popular with the golf club members, and obviously from the sponsorship point of view, sponsors want good value in partnering us for the day.
Assessing the performance of the tournament since inception, he said, “I think if we look at the quality of the event, year-in, year out, it only gets better. The sponsorship is growing yearly and the quality of the pros that we are attracting is also improving. In terms of the event moving forward, it is getting bigger, and next year it will even be bigger being the fifth anniversary. We are looking forward to that already.”
Head of Operations at the facility, Femi Olagbenro, described this year’s edition of the one-day tourney as the best in the history of the club.
“We were overwhelmed by the turnout of players… it all shows how much impression our facility and hospitality has made on golfers; and that is very encouraging.
“Although the economy took a toll on corporate patronage of the anniversary event, we had good turnout of golfers. It was a memorable outing for all the parties involved,” Olagbenro added.