Chris Obije, Remi Olukoya, Frank Igbene, Muyideen Olaitan and Joe Abu of O&A Consulting winners of Nigeria’s Corporate Golf Challenge
Team O&A Consulting has thrown the hat in the ring by eying the World Corporate Golf Challenge after winning the Nigerian version of the tournament last week.
The four-ball of Joe Abu, Muyideen Olaitan, Remi Olukoya and Chris Obije, fulfilled the script by posting six stableford shots victory at the 36-hole final at Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo.
Macmahon Limited finished second while Stemco settled for third position.
Abu was the new addition to the team that won the tournament albeit for another company last year on the same Ibom layout.
Olaitan and Obije said that the World Corporate Challenge which is holds in George, South Africa in May would be the icing on the cake for the Nigerian flag bearers.
The Ikeja Golf Club pair said winning the world event would be the key objective of O&A Consulting.
“Last year, the team we represented, Trenko finished fifth at the world final. We have an obligation to win and impress in South Africa this year. And we believe we actualise that because we are much mature and better,” Olaitan said.
This position was underlined by Obije who said: “Most of us can conveniently shoot in the range of 30 stableford points which is a decent score and a threshold that can put you in position for victory. If we play the way we did in Uyo, I think we will win in South Africa”.
In reality, the task of the Nigerian team will be cut out at the world event, but they are a side made up of tested players with international exposure.
“This is a team event where the combined scores will count. We flourished in Uyo because two of us accounted for over 30 points each on the first day, while the remaining two shot close to that. That served as a cushion because we repeated the 30 plus points on the second,” said Olaitan.
Obije acknowledged the role of Abu to overall effort in Uyo. He said he was impressed by the contribution of the Ikoyi Club 1938 golfer to the team considering he had not been playing much golf of late.