In a thrilling display of skill and determination, golf enthusiasts at the prestigious IBB Golf Club in Abuja witnessed history in the making as
Joe Poroma emerged the overall winner of the 2023 Independence Golf Tournament and drove home with a brand new car from PAN Nigeria Ltd.
After three days of high profile and tension soaked golf, Big Joe Poroma played an impressive 5-under to outclass over 400 golfers from Nigeria and four other African countries- Cameroon, Ghana, Rwanda and Uganda.
The Independent Golf Tournament which celebrated Nigeria’s 63rd Anniversary in spectacular style was hailed by fans and players as raising the bar in Nigerian golf and setting a new definition of excellence in the entire African continent.
Big Joe attributed his victory to “a cool head, perseverance, a fighting spirit and a gorgeous golf course that is just such a delight to play on.”
The new winner pointed out that: “I didn’t set my aim at winning the car. I was just out to have a great game of golf and support my Nigerian golf team mates in outshining the other countries. So, I just let my golf flow and I’m absolutely thrilled that I won the trophy along with a gleaming new car from PAN Nigeria.”
The IBB Golf Club Tournament, known for its competitive spirit and exceptional playing conditions, attracted golfers from all corners of the region. Amidst fierce competition, Big Joe’s unwavering focus and unmatched talent shone through, making him the star of the event. His precision on the greens and remarkable consistency throughout the tournament were key factors that propelled him to victory.
“This victory is the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and a genuine love for the sport of golf,” Big Joe expressed with gratitude. “I am deeply honored to have won the first prize and to have my name associated with the IBB Golf Club’s rich history.”
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, the Captain of the IBB Golf Club, Dr. Banjo Obaleye , said “we are determined to give golf its rightful place in Nigeria. Golf tourism to Nigeria is estimated to be over $16 billion. As a country, we haven’t even scratched the surface and at the IBB Golf Club, we want to be at the vanguard of changing the golf narrative.”