By Richard Animam

Playing like someone infused with the winning bug, Ikoyi Club’s Bayo Olusanya  emerged winner of the 13th edition of the annual Heineken sponsored Nigeria Cup.
To come top, Olusanya shot 68 net to come ahead of the over 200 golfers who bided for the honour.  James You came second after  with 69, while Tony Oboh  placed third.

M. Amolegbe followed closely in the fourth position  carding 73, while B. Cappa completed the five categories.  But while Olusanya smiled home with the trophy staked in the net category, Ikeja’s Chris Obije topped in the gross category for men.

•Chris Obije (r) recieving his prize from Heienken manager, one of the sponsors of the Nigeria Open 2009.
•Chris Obije (r) recieving his prize from Heienken manager, one of the sponsors of the Nigeria Open 2009.

The highly talented Obije, who has his shelves full of golfing laurel grossed 81 to defeat his closest rival, Kim I.K by a lone shot.  Remi Olukoya was also in hunt for the gross prize but his dream of lifting the converted trophy ended after grossing 83, beating Peter Eben-Spiff on count back. Ogunrinde O. completed the list of winners in the gross category.  Also making impact in the tournament, put together to mark the nation’s 49th anniversary, was the former lady captain of the golf section of Ikoyi club, Mrs. Angela Adegboyega. Her net score of 71 was one-shot better than the second placed Emily Coparri, who  carded  72 while Mrs. Lynn Feuerbach duck in the third position after a 73 net.  Lynn Candlish emerged best in the gross category for women after 85 gross, while former lady captain of Ibadan golf club, Evelyn Oyome, shot 85 gross to come second.

Former captain of golf section and now chairman of Ikoyi Club 1938, Admiral Toye Sode (rtd), was also on the 13th Nigeria Cup honours list. He was the winner of the Nigeria at 49 special kitty played on October 1st. Speaking at a dinner, the chairman of the Nigeria Cup organising committee, Ibidapo Akande, thanked all those who made  the occasion a success.

Media and Public Affairs Manager of Nigeria Breweries, Mr. Edem Vindah said Heineken will continue to associate with the competition because it share some of the values that the game of golf and the celebrations of Nigeria’s Independent day which the club had passionately celebrated over the years.

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