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Poroma wins IBB golf tourney, brand new car

By Christian Okpara
02 October 2023   |   3:55 am
Big Joe Poroma, at the weekend, emerged the over all winner of the 2023 Independence Golf Tournament held at the IBB Golf Club, Abuja.

Big Joe Poroma, at the weekend, emerged the over all winner of the 2023 Independence Golf Tournament held at the IBB Golf Club, Abuja.

The history-making champion drove home a brand new car, courtesy of PAN Nigeria Ltd, for his efforts.

After three days of high profile and tension soaked golf, Poroma played an impressive five under to outclass over 400 golfers from Nigeria and four other African countries – Cameroun, Ghana, Rwanda and Uganda – at the event.

The Independent Golf Tournament, which celebrated Nigeria’s 63rd anniversary in spectacular style, was commended by fans and players as raising the bar in Nigerian golf and setting a new definition of excellence in African continent.

Big Joe attributed his victory to “a cool head, perseverance, a fighting spirit and a gorgeous golf course that is just such a delight to play on.”

“I didn’t set my aim at winning the car. I was just out to have a great game of golf and support my Nigerian golf team mates in outshining the other countries. So, I just let my golf flow and I’m absolutely thrilled that I won the trophy along with a gleaming new car from PAN Nigeria.”

The IBB Golf Club Tournament, known for its competitive spirit and exceptional playing conditions, attracted golfers from all corners of the region. Amidst fierce competition, Big Joe’s unwavering focus and unmatched talent shone through, making him the star of the event. His precision on the greens and remarkable consistency throughout the tournament were key factors that propelled him to victory.

“This victory is the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and a genuine love for the sport of golf,” Big Joe expressed with gratitude. “I am deeply honored to have won the first prize and to have my name associated with the IBB Golf Club’s rich history,” he enthused.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Captain of IBB Golf Club, Dr. Banjo Obaleye said: “We are determined to give golf its rightful place in Nigeria. Golf tourism to Nigeria is estimated to be over $16 billion. As a country, we haven’t even scratched the surface and at the IBB Golf Club, we want to be at the vanguard of changing the golf narrative.”

The chairman of the organising committee, Ibrahim Babayo, noted: “The rebranding and elevation of IBB Golf Club has only just begun. We are already and easily one of the best golf courses in Africa. Who says Nigeria can’t be one of the world’s top 30 golfing nations and attract billions of dollars in new foreign investment?

“The IBB Golf Club will continue to provide a platform for golfers to showcase their talents at the highest level. The club’s state-of-the-art facilities, meticulously maintained courses, and exceptional organising committee have contributed to its reputation as a premier golfing destination.”