One of the veteran golfers in Nigeria, Ahmed Sulaiman on Sunday won the third edition of the Soft Alliance Golf Tournament played at the Ibadan Golf Club (IGC),
Sulaiman, the 6 handicapper, who is the playing partner of the former Osun Sate governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola won the tourney with 76 Gross and 71 Net on count back over Sunny Akosile who played 77 Gross and 71 Net over the one day.
The tournament which was organised to celebrate the 70th birthday of the Managing Director, Soft Alliance and Resources Ltd, Mr Tunde Badejo saw golfers across the country.
Speaking after the presentation, Sulaiman, a member of IGC expressed his joy saying this is the best trophy ever won having played with young golfers.
“Honestly, I’m overwhelmed by the way I played against young golfers, and this has become one of the best competitions we have had here at IGC, well organised and the sponsors are part of us.
“Yes, winning this tournament shows my level in the game, but I want to improve my game so as to win more laurels. I thank the sponsor for changing the face of IGC, with all his donations to the club and all development that is happening, we are grateful to him,” he said.
Also, Captain of IGC, Col. Ade Sunmonu (retd.) lauded the sponsor for his effort at promoting golf adding that the celebrant is a major pillar of support at IGC having contributed greatly to improve the profile of the club.
“The management of one of his companies, Soft Alliance decided to take over the sponsorship of the birthday of Mr Tunde Badejo three years ago. I have no doubt in my mind that the decision by the management to take over the sponsorship must have been borne out of the positive impact he has made in the lives of the individual staff and growth of the company,” Sunmonu said.
Badejo thanked all the participants and the IGC members for the warm reception.
“Playing golf is the best thing which had ever happened to me. Ever since I started golf years back, I’ve never stopped. IGC is a great place for me, I travel to IGC to play golf every weekend and no regret of picking golf,” he said.
Nigeria’s number female golfer, Evelyn Oyome won the IGC Ladies Net with 79 Gross and 73 Net while Sade Opawumi from Sagamu Golf Club won the Ladies Gross with 87 Gross as Emeka Obi emerged victorious in the professional cadre with 74 Gross over Alfa Sanusi.