BY JACOB AJOM
THE 5th Southern Sun Ikoyi Golf Tournament tees off Wednesday, next week with over 70 golfers to vie for honours at the one day event.
Unlike the previous four editions that held at the Ikoyi Club 1938 golf course, this year’s tournament which has attracted amateur golfers from corporate Nigeria and semi professionals from across the country and abroad will hold at the Lakowe Golf Resorts, Ajah, Lagos.
Speaking at a press briefing in Lagos yesterday, General Manager, Southern Sun Ikoyi Hotels, Mark Loxley said this year’s edition held a lot of promise as it was going to be different in many ways than one.
“First, the venue has been changed, the format has been changed and the thrust is also different from previous editions,” Loxley started. He said “as golfers, there is always that tendency of facing new challenges. The new venue will provide such challenge.
“The scoring format too has changed to individual scoring method as against the group scoring used in previous editions,” the GM said.
More importantly, the company’s top brass said proceeds from this edition would be channelled towards the welfare of the Arrows of God Orphanage home located in Ajah.
Egbri Ogaga Oghene, a product of the orphanage home who is now a graduate was presented to the media.
Loxley explained that children from the orphanage will be brought to the golf tournament at the Lakowe Golf Resorts. “That was one of the reasons we moved the tournament to Lakowe which near to the orphanage.”
Also speaking at the event, the Group Managing Director of SO&U Limited, Mr Udeme Ufot expressed delight to partner with Southern Sun Ikoyi to host the 2015 Golf Tournament. “We are extremely delighted to partner with Southern Sun Ikoyi, a hotel with a reputation for outstanding innovation and are confident that the tournament would provide an interesting day for Golfers” he noted
For Anton Marais, Head, Client Coverage, Stanbic IBTC Nigeria, “we appreciate the Southern Sun Ikoyi Golf Tournament and are grateful for the opportunity to support the tournament. We wish the participants the best of luck”. Sales Manager, Kenya Airways Nigeria, Mr Diran Oloyede, noted that “Kenya Airways is always glad to partner with Southern Sun Ikoyi and has supported the Golf Tournament since inception. We are proud to be associated with such worthy cause”