Smokin Hills Resorts getting set for CMCL Pro-Am tourney
The exotic Smokin Hills Resort in Ilara Mokin in Osun State is getting ready to welcome some of the best players in the country when the CMCL Pro-Am tournament debuts in its luxurious course.
The tournament tees off next month at the course woven around a rural hilly terrain. It is owned by Chief Michael Ade-Ojo, Chairman of Toyota Nigeria Limited.
The CMCL Pro-Am tournament, Nigeria’s longest running professional golf tournament, up till last year was played at the IBB Golf and Country Club, but the sponsors this year decided to change the scene by taking it to the Smokin Hills Golf Resort, Ilara Mokin.
The competition coincides with the 59thn birthday celebration of CMCL Chairman, Olusola Adekanola, and according to feelers from the resort, players and golf enthusiasts at the event would be treated to one of the best competitions held in this part of the world in recent times.
The event will tee off on May 18 with an elite field of professional golfers and amateur players strutting their stuff in the 72-hole tournament over N5 million as prize money. According to the itinerary made available to The Guardian, the professionals’ contest will run from May 18 to 22, while the amateur event, an invitational, will hold from May 22 to 24.
According to the organisers, in the amateur event, special consideration would be given to the traditional patrons of the CMCL tournament.
Ghana’s Emos Korblah is the defending champion of the CMCL Open. Excited by the possibilities the Smokin Hills offers players, PGAN Tournament Director, Martin Odoh, said all members of the body have been looking forward to playing the course, especially against the background of positive reviews that has come from amateur that have played the course.