Immediate past winner of Julius Berger Cup, Emeka Okatta, teeing off
*Igho, Ihonvbere also winners
By Tunde Sulaiman
Emeka Okatta’s reign as Julius Berger Charity Invitational Golf Tournament champion ended after just one year when Dr. Amaechi Chigbo’s 35 stableford points was enough to ensure he carted home the giant trophy at the 13th edition of the event held at the IBB Golf and Country Club, Abuja last weekend.
While the likes of Chigbo and other participants enjoyed the enjoyed the occasion; youths and the downtrodden in far flung parts of the country where benefitting from proceeds generated at the one-day invitational.
Previous beneficiaries of the charity tournament include the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul “Hope Centre” in Kubwa, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ School, Garam and the Daughters of Abraham Foundation, Abuja.
However, proceeds from last year's event went, which was doubled by the management of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, went to the Abak Orphanage in Akwa Ibom State to give them general support for their facilities.
The Yanyan Information Technology Centre, Nasarawa State also benefitted from the proceeds, which was meant to help them improve training young adults in information technology-related skills.
According to the company, the tournament, which metamorphosed into a charity event, which provides them with a veritable platform to give back to their host community through charitable donations, is a strong aspect of Julius Berger's culture and business.
Managing Director of the nation’s foremost construction company, Mr. Wolfgang Goetsche in his remarks, was full of praise to participants saying they were very instrumental to the company's efforts at helping to bring joy to the downtrodden by contributing to the improvement of their health and education.
According to him: "With this tournament, we bring joy and happiness to the poor. Through your donations, we support them in health and education. We are very happy to partner with you and the club to create this positive spirit.
"Because of all these, we will continue to sponsor this tournament for a long time to come and we will do everything to make it better than what it is now.”
He also enjoined the participants to not only enjoy the occasion but to also to continue to help support the charity for the good of the nation.
At the end of the tournament, former Director General of the Nigerian Television (NTA) Mr. Peter Igho won the Veterans Category. Igho who is Director General of the National Lottery Regulatory Commission, scored 35 points to beat Dr. Loveth Lawson on count back. Former Inspector General of Police, Mr. Sunday Ehidero finished third in this group with 34 points.
In the ladies nett category (Handicap 19-36), 36 handicapper, T. Huels led the pack and was followed by H. Clients and Juliet Udoh in second and third place in that order.
With 35 stableford points amassed, Mrs Grace Ihonvbere, a 14 handicapper led her peers in the Category One consisting of Handicap 0-18.A. Abimiku and Rachael Danjuma came in second and third here.
In Men's Category One (Handicap 0-12), Geoff Onyejegbu emerged winner with 38 points while Iyorchia Ayu and J. Sebhatu finished second and third respectively.