Fifteen golfers have emerged to represent the eastern region in the national finals of the MTN World Golfers Championship (WGC) scheduled for the prestigious Le Meridien Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort Uyo, Akwa Ibom between May 21 and May 23, 2010.
Austin Akpodiete, who won in the 0-5 handicap, grossed a score of 71 to beat other contenders, including former champion Eddie Peters and F. S. Tadin at the regional qualifiers which held at the Port Harcourt Golf Club over the weekend. The competition attracted over 150 amateur golfers from the South-South and South-East geo-political zones of the country.
According to Bola Akingbade, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer, MTN Nigeria, â€œthrough the WGC, MTN is again re-affirming its corporate values of leadership, innovation and relationship.”
We will not only create experiential opportunities for our customers, in terms of innovation and executive networking, we are also intent on building a lasting legacy of support, partnership and exciting golfing experience in Nigeriaâ€.
Speaking during the prize presentation, Cherry Eromosele, Senior Manager, Segment Market, MTN Nigeria, who represented Akingbade, noted that MTN places premium on its high value customers.Â She said that the brand would always go the extra mile to identify with and satisfy the passion of its customers adding that the high valued customers are passionate about golf.
The other qualifiers from the region include C. Igboagu , A. P. Amadi, and Ray Onah, all in the 6_10 handicap; Adebayo Adedeji , D. G. Bob_Manuel andÂ Susan Cole_ Kotas in the 11_15 handicap;Â OwohÂ Lawrence, Joyce Nule, and S. Muralidharan in the 16_20 handicap, and A.P Wifa, Paul EgwuonuwuÂ andÂ J. Odomanu Assisi in the 21_25 handicap.
They will join the 15 golfers from the Lagos Regional Qualifiers, earlier concluded, and those that would qualify during the Abuja zonal finals scheduled for May 15. The eventual winners from the National Finals will fly the countryâ€™s flag at the World Golfers Championship later in the year in Thailand.
The WGC is an amateur competition, which started in 1995; with the primary objective of enabling ordinary golfers participate with their own handicaps as national representatives in a fair and exciting competition, playing on the same basis as the world cup for professionals or the Eisenhower trophy for the amateur elite.