13th September, 2012
The Golf Section of Ikoyi Club 1938 is getting set to host the 16th Nigeria Cup from 22-30 September.
The annual golf tournament is organised by the Nigerian Community of the Golf Section to celebrate the country’s independence.
Chairman of the Organisng Committee of the tournament, Tayo Babalakin, said that activities to make this year’s competition a glamorous one has begun, adding that the championship will be keenly contested with at least 60 invited professional golfers, who will fight for the N2.4m prize money of that category
“We are organising this tournament because citizens of other countries in the Golf Section, like the Indians, French and the Koreans, also organise tournaments to celebrate their national days.
“The Nigeria Cup is the only tournament that accommodates the participation of all cadre of golfers: our kids, our lady golfers, our respected veterans, golf professionals and our guests. Prizes and trophies are won in each of these categories,” said Babalakin.
He said that the tournament will be crowned with a gala night on Sunday, 30 September, where all participants will socialise to usher in the 52nd anniversary of Nigeria’s independence. According to Babalakin, the week long event is largely financed through contributions from sponsors. “Some of our major and traditional sponsors are with us this year. They are UBA, Access Bank, Heineken, Diamond Bank and Bi-Courtney Aviation Service. They have stood by the members of the golf section over the years. Friends of the Nigerian Community and members of the golf section are also donors and we recognise the sacrifice they individually make,” he said.
He thanked the Executive Committee of the Nigeria Community of the Golf Section, the captain of the section and his executive committee, the Chairman of Ikoyi Club 1938 and his executive committee for being pillars of support.
“Your support has been overwhelming and invaluable. Members of the press, we have also enjoyed your support in broadcasting our activities both in the print and electronic media,” he said.