Senate President David Mark has called for the rotation of the President Cup Golf Championship which has been taking place at the IBB International Golf and Country Club Abuja. Mark who represented President Goodluck Jonathan at the week- long event concluded last weekend, urged the Nigeria Golf Federation and sponsors Globacom to think about moving the tournament to other golf facilities scattered around the country.
The senate president alongside former secretary to the federal government, Babagana Kingibe and former Nigeria number one golfer Umoh Edet emerged victors of the golf championship. The event concluded last weekend saw Mark playing off handicap twelve and returned a level par nett score of 144 over 36 holes.
Babagana Kingibe won the veteran’s best prize with 173 gross score while Brig General Victor Lot (rtd) clinched the veteran prize in the nett category. Earlier, Umoh Edet, an Abuja based former leader of Nigeria’s Professional Golfers Association’s (PGA) ranking won the professional category of the event with a three strokes advantage over Kano based kabiru Habu Mohammed. The event featured over 350 golfers from all over the country. Bode Opeseitan, Globacom’s sponsorship and event director said Globacom intends to sponsor the tourney beyond the 2011edition. “Globacom is a huge supporter of golf development in Nigeria and across the African continent, hence we will be delighted to see a sport like golf make huge leap through our support.” He said.
He added that Glo has ventured into golf so as to support the development of the game, reward hardworking sportsmen who are gifted in the game and help develop and nurture new talents. Other winners in the event include Evelyn Oyome-Sanni who picked the ladies longest drive and best gross in 36 holes play. Former IBB Golf Club’s lady captain, Christy Adejo, Okey Igweh and Sam Anyamele all registered their names on the winner’s list. The tournament started on December 12 and concluded with an award dinner at the Sheraton Hotel Abuja.