Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Marina Securities Limited and Managing Director of Access Bank Plc, Mr. Aigboje I. Aig-Imoukhuede as well as Chairman, Heritage Bank Plc, Mr. Akinsola Akinfemiwa are some of the dignitaries expected at this year’s Port Harcourt Amateur Open Golf Championship.
Activities marking the championship, which over 300 golfers are expected to trade swings begin today with a welcome cocktail slated for the clubhouse of the golf section, Port Harcourt Club 1928.
Speaking yesterday, Captain of the club, Opunabo Inko-Tariah, said the tournament remains “One of the biggest events at the club and we expect at least 350 golfers from across the country to take part in it. Dignitaries we have invited include the Governor Rotimi Amaechi, Chairman of Heritage Bank, and that of Marina Securities Limited. Invitations have also been sent out to golfers from other golf clubs across the country.”
Inko-Tariah informed that the ultimate diadem in the tournament is appropriately tagged “The Heritage Cup,” after the financial institution emerged the major sponsor of the championship. “Heritage Bank is the major sponsor of this year’s event, so we decided to christen the trophy The Heritage Cup.
If they remain the major sponsor next year, the name remains or gets changed to whoever emerges the major sponsor of the tournament.”
The captain, who assured golfers of a splendid time at the tourney said, “in terms of preparations, we are 100 per cent ready to make it a memorable weekend. With a live band on hand and wonderful comedians to thrill golfers, there will be a cocktail on Friday (today), to welcome golfers. A dinner/buffet on Saturday, while Sunday’s presentation of prizes will also feature dinner/buffet.
He further stressed that “golfers should expect great hospitality, wonderful reception, fantastic take-aways and good prizes” from us during the championship.
During championship with large fields like this, the course plays quite slow and Inko-Tariah say “nothing can really be done about the slow play of the course in tournaments with heavy human traffic. Everybody wants a large turnout in his tournament and so do we. If the course is slow occasioned by large turnout, then so be it, but we will Marshalls that would ensure that play is not ridiculously slow.