Playing like someone infused with the winning bug, Mike Makinde, tore through the trees on the broad Ikoyi Course fairways on his way to a superlative 67-net score, a whooping five-shots off the second placed Oluwaseun Faleye to emerge winner of the 26th edition of the annual Nigeria Cup.

The victory makes it two in a row for the high flying 9-handicap golfer, becoming the first golfer in the history of the tournament to achieve that feat in the 26-year history of the Nigeria Cup.

Makinde had won the Nigeria Cup for the first time in 2022.

Makinde, who seems emotionally attached to the famed Nigeria Cup trophy, said in his victory speech, that the thought of letting the trophy go was a thing he never contemplated, adding that he was thrilled to keep possession of the Cup for another twelve months.

“This victory is very special to me. While I was bringing the trophy to the club, one of my kids asked me where I was taking trophy to and I said I’m taking it to show them and I will bring back. I thank God I’m taking it back home for another one year,” said the highly elated Makinde.

While Makinde relishes his victory, one of the tournament’s favourites, Seun Faleye, playing off handicap-6, grossed 78 on the tortuous Ikoyi Course for 72-net to come in second place, beating by a shot the 16-handicap Abisoye Fagade who carded a 73-net score.

Fagade ducked in the third position having defeated two others on a count back.

Grateful at the turnout of the event, Chairman 2023 Nigeria Cup Organising Committee, Akoni Olayinka Olafimihan thanked every member and corporate sponsors whose contribution helped in making the tournament a success.

He said: “I thank our sponsors, I say a big thank you to Ikoyi Golf Community Nigeria Association, (IGCNA) Individual donors and fellow members of the organising Committee for a job well done.”

Ikoyi Club Chairman, Tafa Zibiri-Aliu, former Golf Captains, including the current Captain, Wahab Aminu-Sarumi, his Vice, Tade Adekunle, and members of the Club attended the 2023 gala night.

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