Football may be the most popular sport in Nigeria, but on February 13, 2022, golf got one up on it when it brought together golfers and guests from Nigeria and the international community to the 2nd edition of the Nigeria and International Community Golf Tournament at Ikoyi Club, Lagos.
As early as 6:30 am, golfers and visitors began to troop into Ikoyi Golf Club 1938, which was the venue for the day-long event. Registration was the first activity of the day and it was immediately followed by a hearty breakfast to get players and guests energised for the activities ahead.
After the hearty meal, everyone followed the 116 participating amateur golfers to the course for the first game of the day: the tee off. Among the players representing the Nigerian community were renowned sports legend, Segun Odegbami; Deputy Governor of Edo State, Comrade Philip Shaibu and the captain of the Ikoyi club 1938, golf section, M.I Okoro.
The highlight of the tournament was the Putt for Charity, a specially curated activity where golfers played for a million naira cash prize to be donated to any of the following prior selected not-for-profit organisations: Evolve; the Chioma Ajunwa Foundation; Nucleus Africa, and, Visit a Hospital Today.
Mr Odegbami emerged as the winner for team Nigeria while Comrade Shaibu made a personal donation to the four nominated charities.
Speaking on the importance of the event, Mr Okoro stated that “it was held to foster global unity and it was exciting to see golfers who are giants of industries come together for good”. Mr Dan Ngerem, founder of the Dan Ngerem Sports Foundation which was the main sponsor of the tournament, further explained that “for the charity aspect of the event, we were careful to pick organisations that have served as advocates for several causes ranging from youth empowerment to girl child education”.
The Nigeria and International Community Golf Tournament is an annual golf game that brings golfers together to play for a charitable cause. The maiden edition held in 2021 at the Ikoyi Golf Club 1938 and this year’s edition, which had as its headline sponsor the Dan Ngerem Sports Foundation and J Lindeberg, held at the same venue.
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