Professional Golfer relishes victory as Army promises to sustain tourney
Professional Golfer, Michael Ubi of Python Golf Club, Port-Harcourt in Rivers State has promised to work harder next year to defend the Chief of Army Staff Pro Am Golf Tournament trophy won at the inaugural TYB -lnternational Golf Resorts and Country Club, Abuja.
Ubi grossed 139 over 36 holes to emerge the 2020 winner of the Chief of Army Staff Golf Tournament in an event that saw his arch chsllenger, Bala Abdullahi of Ashaka Cement Golf Club trailied with the same score margin but ended with plus one.
S. Okpe of Minna Cantonment Golf Club and J. Okoromi of Ilorin Golf Club both scored 140 gross over 36 holes to jointly placed in third position.
In the senior tour Pros, M. Liman of IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja was adjudged the winner while Tina Micah of Rhyno Golf Club, Jos in Plateau State won the Lady Pros with 166 gross over 36 holes.
The Over-all Best Gross trophy went to John Alex of Otukpo Golf Club in Benue State after playing 70 while Captain of Kaduna Golf Club, H.Adamu took away Over-all Best Nett with 62. The Best Gross of Category 1 went to David Ali while Best Nett of category 2 and 3 won by S. Icha and Osarenren J.N
While declaring the week-long tournament closed , the elated patron of the TYB-International Golf Resorts and Country Club, Abuja, the Chief of Army Staff, LT General Tukur Yusuf Buratai promised to support the game of golf in Nigeria
“I have noted the effort at groomy young and talented players for the future through the Caddy tour. We must continue to constructively engage our energetic youth both male and female and to continue support them. Am also glad to note that this Pro Am tournament has set the record as the first time that a lady professional golfer participated in the professional tour in the country. This affirm that Nigeria has talents to compete at global levels with appropriate exposure and support”. Lt General Buratai said
The Chief of Army Staff directed that the Pro Am Golf tournament be made an annual event of the Nigerian Army and be capture in the budget of 2021 Army Sporting events.
Highlights of the week- long COAS Pro Am Golf tournament include ground breaking and launching of TYB – International Golf Resorts and Country Club, at Shehu Musa Yar’adua Barrack, Asokoro, Abuja, Presentation of trophies to deserving winners and appreciating award to the President of Nigeria Golf Federation, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola who was represented at the occasion by the NGF’S Media and Publicity Director, Mrs Ekanem Ekwueme, the immediate Past President of the Ladies Golf Association of Nigeria, LGAN.
Sports Minister expresses optimism on successful outing at Tokyo Olympics
The Minister of Youth and Sport Development, Mr. Sunday Akin Dare, has expressed optimism that going by the performances of the athletes at the National Trial held in Lagos, the country is hopeful of a better outing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan
The Director of Press and Public Relations of the ministry Mohammed Manga quoted the minister at the close of the Olympic trials on Sunday at the Sports Complex of the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos.
According to him, “What is needed now, is more focus and determination by the athletes, coaches, technical advisers and staff so as to ensure podium appearances at the sports fiesta.
While commending the athletes for the commitment exhibited at the Trials, Mr. Dare urged them to avoid any act capable of hindering the realization of the goal of very successful outing.
“All athletes, coaches technical advisers and staff should shun any act capable of truncating our success at the feat”, he said.
Dare who called on the delegates to up the ante in their efforts towards making their Fatherland proud, noted that Nigeria, is among the best in the world ranking, as such he said, all hands should be on deck in the quest for laurels at the tournament.
Earlier, the President of Athletics Federation of Nigeria, Chief Tonobok Okowa commended the President Muhammadu-led Administration for the efforts being put together to ensure the well-being of the athletes to ensure success at Tokyo 2020
He assured that the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), would do everything humanly possible to see that Nigeria records more podium appearances at the Games.
Ighalo visits Bello in Abuja, describes him as extraordinary bridge builder
Super Eagles Striker and former Manchester United Forward, Odion Jude Ighalo has also paid a solidarity visit on Governor Bello of Kogi State, describing him as an extraordinary bridge builder and unifier whose leadership style has been a source of hope to the Nigerian youth.
The footballer made the statement during courtesy on the Governor at his Abuja residence on Monday.
He commended the Governor for recognising the efforts, contributions, patriotism of the Ex-Super Eagles players by organising a world class reception for them in Lokoja in March, 2021.
He said such recognition and honour remained the biggest inspiration to the young athletes who want to represent Nigeria at any level.
While urging other leaders to emulate the Kogi Governor, Odion said he has demonstrated the character and quality of a leader who believe in the prosperity of the youth of this country. He commended the Governor for his various projects in Kogi state and appealed to him to continue to speak on behalf of the Nigerian youths.
Bello thanked the Eagle’s player for the visit which he described as heart warming, adding that Odion Ighalo just like every other Nigeria sports person has served the Nation diligently, made the nation proud and brought glory to her.
The Governor noted that the Nigerian forward has often displayed love and passion for the Nation on and off the field of play which he asserted was a duty and dedication expected of every loyal citizen of the country
He stressed that football just as other sports have been a veritable source of national integration and cohesion hence those who are actors in achieving such feat must be recognized and honored at every available opportunity
Bello while urging his visitor to continue to play his role in national growth, grass root sport development and other areas of interest, also charged citizens to remain united in the interest of the Nation
Nigeria will excel at Tokyo 2020 Olympic – Sports Ministry
The Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports Development has given the green light that the athletes currently slugging it out to book their places at the Olympic trials will make Nigerians proud with a better outing at the Olympic Games holding next month, in Tokyo Japan.
The Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Engr. Nebeolisa Anako gave the assurance on Sunday in Lagos at the Sports Complex of the Yaba College of Technology, Lagos, venue of the Athletics Trials for the Olympic qualification.
According to him, the trials are part of the local camping, an initiative of the Ministry to enhance performance of the athletes and also a
platform to select the best athletes that will represent the country at the Games.
“So far some athletes have qualified from the trials with some records already broken. Going by the results so far, combined with those from the last National festival, we are hopeful that the athletes are going to perform better than the previous Olympics” he said
Speaking further, the Permanent Secretary disclosed that local camping of athletes has commenced and will continue till the time of departure to Japan.
Engr. Nebeolisa stated further that there are arrangements for more camping of the athletes so as to keep them in top shape before the begining of the Games.
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