The last leg of the quarterly Heineken sponsored LM Open Golf Championship came to a thrilling end at the Le Meridien Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort in Uyo last Sunday with Abuja based Okey Igweh emerging the overall winner of the competition.

To come top of the field of over 125-players, Igweh netted a two-day score of 151 winning the competition by a lone strike.

Ikoyi club Peter Eben-Spiff also contested for the tournament first prize but his placed him in the second after netting a 36-hole score of 152, while Ikeja clubs Jimoh Ogundare won in the gross category for men.

Ogundare started his round shooting 82 and returned 81 on day two of the competition to lead in his category.

But while Igweh won in the men’s category A, Akpan Ubong stole the show in Men’s category B with a two-day net score of 145, leaving Udi Akan who was 9-shots further back in the second position in category B.

Former champion, Paul Abiyou won the Veteran category after carding 161-net over 36-holes while former Minister, Tim Menekaya came second, netting 170-score over two days.

The competition which attracted golfers from across the country is currently rated as a must play among golfers with players coming from far flung Abuja, Kaduna and Kano to experience the splendour of the Heineken sponsored competition.

As has always been the case, Heineken premium beer was the choice of the discerning players even as Nigeria Breweries used the opportunity to introduce the newly brewed Heineken Magnum to all participants.

Speaking at the tournament closing ceremony, Assistant Brand Manager, Heineken, Kehinde Ebuoma explained that Heineken decided to sponsor the event because of the attributes which its shares with the elite game.

While describing golf as a premium sport, she said Heineken is also a renowned brew for the privileges but shared by all. The next edition of the event has been fixed for March next year.


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