BY FIDELIS EBU
ABUJA – If the pleas ant result from the charity organisations that benefited from the contributions from
Julius Berger Charity Gulf tournament is anything to go by, the organisers of the championship would be looking elsewhere to ensure proper and even distribution of gifts to the needy and the less privileged in the society.
Clement Iloba, Julius Berger Public Affairs Adviser said the decision on where to extend this year’s gift would be decided by the management after the tournament at the IBB Golf and Country Club.
“Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Poore and Bema Homes for the Underprivileged and Family Care were the beneficiaries last year, and the management would have to take a decision about whether we go back to the earlier beneficiaries; or better still make it a rotational thing. The report received from the beneficiaries from last year’s gift was encouraging as they told us the gift went a long way in assisting them to achieve their needs”, Iloba said in a chat after the tournament that was won by Moses Anabui.
Anabui, a technical director of the Nigeria Golf Federation, who has won four previous tournaments, carded 34 stableford points to make it his fifth victory and emerged the overall winner; the highest single winner in the eleven-year old championship that turned charity event last year.
“I find it difficult to believe that I’ve won this particular event for the fifth time, playing on the same course and almost same set of players even though that’s beginning to change because of the charity nature of the tournament”, Anabui said.
In category One (Handicap 0-12), J. Bala Ali won with 38 points while C. Iloghalu won in category two (Handicap 13-24).
The IBB Golf and Country Club lady captain, Farida Wada posted 35 points to emerge the ladies best in the tournament and S. Gewe closely trailed her in the second position after recording 27 points.
Chioba E. R. fired 267 metres to win the longest drive title while Wad with 183m settled in the second position.
It was however a happy moment for the IBB Gulf Club manager, Ado Gonji as was one of the lucky winners in the lucky deep that fetched him a trip to Germany courtesy air-ticket provided by Lufthansa.
While showing appreciation to the golfers, Wolfgang Goetsch, the Managing Director of Julius Berger Plc said “by honouring our invitation, you have touched some of the lowly placed in our community in no small measure”.
The German however added that efforts would be made to ensure continuous staging of the tournament, which is being considered to be moved elsewhere where Julius Berger have plants across the federation.