Sponsors of the yearly Lagos Open Golf Championship, FirstBank of Nigeria Limited, has pledged its commitment to the continuous sponsorship of the tournament and other sporting activities across the country.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 61st edition of the tournament in Lagos, on Sunday, FirstBank’s Chief Executive Officer, Adeola Adeduntan, who was represented by Executive Director, Chief Risk Officer, Olusegun Alebiosu, said it would continue to honour its commitment to the competition because it takes pride in sports.
The tournament lived up to its rating as one that produces worthy champions by throwing up Benin-based Emmanuel Ojeabulu.
Playing three- shots off the pace going the last 18 holes, Ojeabulu produced one of the best golf of his life, maintaining steady pars for a closing 74, three-over the course par to win the Amateur Golf Ranking recognised event by two shots.
Ojeabulu started his game with an opening 75, a second day score of 78 and a closing 74 to replace Ilorin-based Aminu Kadir, the tournament defending champion, on the winners’ list.
Overnight leader, 20-year old product of David Mark Golf Academy, George Paul, who was tipped to win the tournament, collapsed under pressure, closing with an unimpressive 79 to lose the two by two-shots.
In the third position was Muyideen Olaitan, a three-time winner of the coveted Lagos Open trophy, while Iyare Osaze was further down on the winners’ chart by one-shot, leaving perennial contender, Olajide Owolabi, who shot tournaments best score of 72 on day two of the competition, in the fifth position.
Satisfied with the turnout of the participants, Golf Captain, Tony Oboh, thanked the sponsors for keeping the tournament going, saying First Bank commitment should be emulated.
“It is not easy to keep a tournament like this going, I therefore congratulate FirstBank for their commitment,” Oboh said.
Apart from golf, other sports that enjoy commitment from the bank are polo, tennis, basketball, football and athletics.