By Richard Animam
Nigerian professional golfers are eager to feel the newest 18 hole golf course located in Benin, Edo State. The course which has the 18th hole already green promises to be an all green course and the best in the South South of the country.
Avid golfers Senate President David Mark and Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, president of the Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF), would be leading top golfers and dignitaries, to the official commissioning of the newest 18 hole golf course in Nigeria.
Also expected at the commissioning, billed to hold December 12th 2009, are governors of Edo and Delta respectively, Adams Oshiomole and Emmanuel Uduaghan.
According to Patrick Ukah, the CEO of Ventolite Marketing Limited, the eventâ€™s manager, a Pro-Am event that will feature the best of professional and amateur players for a yet to be disclosed prize money.
Running on an endlessly flat plain, the UBTH course is massive. It is almost three times the size of the Benin Golf Club and its many trees are young, so you hardly get punished if your shots go awry. The â€˜roughâ€™ is rough as they could come but blessed with wide fairways that are lush and inviting.
The course is also fitted with a 25_room Guest House making it an ideal family resort. You could bring your family here on a weekend of golf and need not leave the premises for anything. The whole place is neat enough. It has to, because there is a permanent standby tractor meant for slashing the course alone.
It would be recalled that Osaseyi Omoregbe emerged winner of the maiden University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) Golf Club competition.
The competition was staged in honour of the Chief Medical Director (CMD) of the UBTH Teaching Hospital, Prof M. Ibadin.
Omoregbe netted a score of 73 to win by 15-shots, while Dr. Momoh followed him closely in second place after scoring 88 nets on countback to pip Wilfred Otabor. In the guests category, Ikoyi Club 1938 (golf section) member, Pat Ukah won.
Lady captain of Benin Club (golf section), Deborah Otabor, was also one of those that appended their names on the winnersâ€™ list in the competition. She topped the ladies leaderboard with 81-nett, while Joan Dode came second after securing 93_nett. Mrs Manuel with a gross score of 116, led in the gross for women.
The professional rank was ably represented and it was Chukwudi Okoro, who grossed 74 that won by two shots over Osas Enaigbe. Resident professional, Victor Enaigbe with a gross score of 77 settled for the third position.