The 9th Elizabeth Wuraola Ojo Golf Tournament has come and gone, but the winners of the championship staged at Ikeja Golf Club, are still savouring their victories.
Gbenga Ayodele scored 67 nett to win the men’s event, while Veronica Chaka Awatai with 96 gross won the ladies event of the competion.
To the new champion, Ayodele, his target from the beginning of the tournament, was to win the Toyota Camry, which the sponsor, Toyota Nigeria Limited, planned to give out as star prize to any golfer who could make a hole-in-one play in the competition. The event was organised in memory of the late Chief (Mrs.) Elizabeth Wuraola Ojo; an ardent golfer during her lifetime.
“My target was to win the Toyota Camry car, unfortunately, I could not achieve this feat because of the rain that fell on the day we played the men’s event. I might have lost it this year, but I will work hard to win the car in the next edition,” said Ayodele.
Other winners in the weeklong tourney were Chris Obije, who won the Gross (men) with 75 gross. AIG Harris Agboghroma with 70 nett won the Veteran category; Kunle Ade Ojo won the Best Endeavour (men).
Mrs. Ruth Oluwatosin won the Best Front 9 with 34 nett. The Longest Drive in the ladies’ game was won by Alaba Adetunji, while Mrs. Majekodunmi won the Guest Ladies with 80 nett.
In the Professional event, Chidi Tobias was the winner with 67 gross, while Isiaka Kelani with 77 gross won the Caddies competition.
Meanwhile, the gala nite, which was organised to round off the tourney, was a beehive of activities with crème la crème of the society paying glowing tribute to the chairman of Toyota Nigeria Limited, Chief Michael Ade Ojo for consistently sponsoring the competition.
Prizes and trophies were awarded to winners in various categories of the championship, which was played by more than 130 golfers from different golf clubs in the country.
Chief Ade Ojo himself commended the standard and organisation of this year’s tourney, saying that he was overwhelmed with the quality of players that took part in the competition and the packaging of the grand finale ceremony.
“I’m so glad that our golfers displayed high sense of professionalism in the competition, but they could not win the one unit of the latest edition of Toyota Camry, the hole-in-one star prize. Since the tournament started 9 years ago, we have not seen any golfer here to play to the highest standard of winning the car, hopefully we’ll see one next year. I want to say that the next edition will be better and bigger,” Chief Ade Ojo said.