By Richard Animam
Come September 25th to October 2nd, 2010 the golf section of Ikoyi Club 1938 will witness a lot of activities as the club holds its flagship tournament-
The Nigeria Cup. Like previous editions, Heineken one of the traditional sponsors of the competition has promised to continue to support the annual tournament used by the club to celebrate the nation’s Independence anniversary. This year, Nigeria is marking its 50th year of existence as a nation and Heineken say they will make this edition memorable.
Heineken represented by Assistant Brand Manager, Kehinde Ebuoma revealed that the passion behind Heineken’s drive to produce future Tiger Woods is a motivating factor for its continued support of the tournament which has produced a lot of top quality amateur and professional golfers.
“We at Heineken are poised to assist Ikoyi Club golf section achieve one of its greatest objectives, which is to build an enduring relationship, discover talents and celebrate the nation’s Independence anniversary in style”, She said.
Other sponsors who are involved in this year’s edition of the event are UBA, Oando, Diamond Bank and many others.
The tournament tees off on Saturday 25th 2010 with the Junior Clinic and prize giving ceremony.
According the chairman of the Organising Committee Frank Gboneme, the committee is introducing an art exhibition where various artists will display their works all through the duration of the tournament. The Caddies will have their day in the sun on Monday 27th with Caddies competition and prize giving ceremony.
On Tuesday 28th invited professional players will burn the course as they go for the star prize. The pro purse this year has been jerked up to N2m and the pros are expected to go for the carrots. The Nigeria Cup kitty comes up Wednesday 28th while the ladies will have their day on Thursday. An Independence Day 4 Clubs competition holds on Friday 1st of October and on Saturday hosts the grand finale-
The Nigeria Cup competition. Unlike previous editions where the gala night was held at the fairway of hole 18, this year, the prize giving ceremony will take place at the Civic Center in Ikoyi.
Ikoyi Club golf section Vice Captain revealed that the choice of the Civic Center was to give members, sponsors and guest the ambience to rob minds in cosy atmosphere.
Meanwhile, United Bank for Africa (UBA) which is sponsoring the Nigeria Cup for the second year, say their involvement in the competition is borne out of its commitment to associate with credible initiative as a way of giving back to the environment where they do business.
According to Frank Ideh, who represented UBA’s GMD/CEO Philips Oduoza, the 14th edition of the Nigeria Cup is unique because it provides a platform to celebrate Nigeria @ 50.