For once, all the talk about kidnapping and bomb blasts took the back burner, as all roads led to Offa in Kwara State last week as the Royal Valley Golf Resort played host the second edition of the West African Amateur Golf Association (WAAGA) 2010 tournament, which featured over 100 professional and amateur golfers.
The tournament saw six countries jostle for a pride of place in the team, club and individual events.
After five days of intensive golfing participating countries- Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Benin Republic and Liberia all lauded the organisation of the tournament that was used to unveil the new Royal Valley Golf Resort, which was earlier commissioned by the Emir of Ilorin, his Royal Highness Alhaji Sulu Gambari.
Benin Republic players described the golf course is a wonderful course, one that in two years from now will compete favourably with some of the best in Africa. The golfers from Benin Republic though gave their best, they could not march the fire power from the Nigerians who went on to emerge winners of the competition.
The Ghanaians also praised the organisation and the quality of reception accorded them by Nigeria. According to on of the golfers, they were really impressed with the warmness of the Nigerians both off and on the course.
Meanwhile, Nigeria garnered 720 gross over 54 holes, to win the second, West Africa Amateur Golf Team championship, at the royal valley Golf Team Championship, at the royal valley Golf Resort, Offa, Kwara state, over the weekend.
Ghana came second with 738 while Togo had 751.
After receiving their gold medals and various trophies, captain of Team Nigeria, Charles Omare, expressed happiness over the feat, as they were outclassed by Ghana, in the first two days, Team Ghana led the result sheet by 563 at day two, while we followed with 574 and Togo 502, Benin Republic, 618 and Liberia, 713 Gross, which gave us great concern, as host country. This result gave us a scare, as one of us was not really in the game, despite the fairway of the club which is new to us.
Despite the rains giving us another scare, we braved up, after psyching ourselves up, against Ghana and at the end, it was all smiles: Omare concluded.
The youngest player in the tournament from team Togo, Charles Aziaga, was highly disappointed that they placed third with 751 points. Aziaga, who is 12 years, had dreamt of lifting the trophy, for presentation to his father who is a caddy master at the Cotonou Golf club, Republic of Togo.
Aziaga, who is in Class six in a primary school, is the junior champion in that country.
He however, promised turning professional after finishing high school. Dolphin Golf Club of Lagos won the club Team event with 499 Gross over 36 holes, while Kano Golf Club followed with 506 and Ilorin Golf club was third with 524.
The country individual Team event was won by Akoi F. of Liberia with 234 gross. Abovon F. of Benin Republic came second with 241 while Fatai Bakare of Nigeria was third with 242. Mrs. J. Adebambi of Benin Golf Club, won the ladies category with 155Nett, while Mrs. F. Oni of Miccom Golf club, Ada, Osun State, came second with 159.