It was celebration galore at the golf section of Ikoyi Club 1938 on Tuesday August 29th, 2023 as the special birthday golf kitty put in place to celebrate Soji Awogbade 70th Birthday came to a thrilling ends.
The 18-hole kitty which saw participants drawn from across the country and others from Ghana saw high flying Tunji Tiamiyu emerging the overall winner.
Playing off handicap 16, Tiamiyu grossed a score of 86 for 70-net score to win the keenly contested Birthday Kitty.
Elated at his victory, Tiamiyu hailed his playing partners; Akin Areola, former Captain, Ikeja Golf Club and Abiodun Savage of Ikoyi Club for helping him to win.
While Tiamiyu won in the net category, perennial winner, Peter Eben-Spiff won in the gross category. He carded 77-gross to lift the trophy staked in the category.
Linda Obieze stole the show in the ladies category winning with a net score of 77.
The Celebrants, Awogbade who is credited with setting up one of the nations most attractive golf tournament; the Nigeria Cup also used the opportunity of his 70th birthday celebrations to honour those who were part of the Nigeria Cup Organising Committee at inception, among whom is former Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF) President, Shina Aigoro.
Apart from his other contributions to golf development highlighted at the event, Nigeria Cup, his brainchild stood out.
The maiden edition of the event had Sir Victor Olaiya; the man who played at the nation’s Independent anniversary as the main artist at the maiden tournament.
Over the years, the Nigeria Cup has grown to become one of the most sought after competition at the golf section of Ikoyi Club 1938 and its still growing.