Prestigious Ibom Golf Club inside the Ibom Le Meridien Hotel in Uyo will host the final
The MTN World Golfers Championship National Finals will tee-off at the prestigious Ibom Golf Club inside the Ibom Le Meridien Hotel in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State from September 8 to 9.
Considered to be one of the best in Africa, the club will play host to regional qualifiers for the national finals to determine Nigeria’s representatives at the World Finals in Durban, South Africa between October 27 and November 3.
General Manager, Consumer Marketing, MTN, Mr. Kola Oyeyemi said Tuesday that the telecoms giants has come up with many innovative products and services to make golfers talk more, laugh more and love more during and after the national finals.
“In further demonstration of our commitment to the enrichment of the lives of our customers, we have slashed our rates so low now that all customers including golfers can talk more for less,” he stated
The long journey to the national finals began with the Eastern regional qualifiers on May 26, in Port Harcourt. The event saw golfers from all over the Eastern part of the country and their counterparts from the South-South region converge on Port Harcourt the Garden City, as is fondly called, for the three -day event. Mr. I. Kalio, playing off handicap 4, returned with a gross score of 77 and net score of 73 to emerge winner in handicap 0-5, category one.
The trail then moved to Lagos for the Western regional qualifiers where Mr. Christopher Obije, an aircraft mechanic with Lufthanza Airlines qualified with eight others for the national finals.
Obije and the others made it to the finals after coming out tops at the Western edition of the qualifiers held at the Ikeja Golf Club. The event, which kicked-off as early as 6:40 am on June 9, 2012, saw the best golfers in the Western region flooding the golf course with great expectations. Obije won in the 0-5 handicap, category one, with a gross score of 80, net score of 76 with a personal handicap of 4.
The next phase was the Northern regional qualifiers which held at the IBB International Golf Club in Abuja from 30th June, 2012. Wilfred Shagba emerged winner of the northern regional qualifiers after returning with a gross score of 88 and a net score of 67 in category five (handicap 21 – 25) to produce the best score in the championship.
Having had great fun in each region, the hard-fighting and extremely calculating golfers will bag their clubs and head to Akwa Ibom for the mother of all crackers in the national grand finale. The likes of regional victors like Obijie, Kalio and Shagba will square up against each other.
Ibom golf course is also a natural beauty to behold, especially with the lush green of its fairways and the dark greens of its roughs. But one great attraction of the course remains its putting greens, which are probably among the best maintained of all courses in the country.