At least two hundred golfers are expected to challenge for glory at the 2023 edition of the Ikeja Golf Club Championship, the club’s management committee has announced.
The Club Captain, Mr Sina Akinyemi, made the announcement on Tuesday, during a press conference held at the Ikeja Golf Club.
Speaking ahead of the championship, Akinyemi stated that this edition will be special, as it coincides with the 55th anniversary of the club.
“The Ikeja Golf Club is at the heart of the city of Lagos. We are set to host our annual pinnacle event, the Golf Club Championship, between November 20 and November 26. This edition is special because Ikeja Golf Club is 55 years old,” he stated.
Also speaking, the Club’s Competitions Secretary, Mr.Jenkins Alumona stated that the Ikeja Golf Championship is expected to host 200 golfers from Ikeja Golf Club and other prestigious golf clubs in the country.
Outlining activities for the week-long event, he disclosed that staff and caddies will raise the curtain for the Golf Championship on Monday 20 November. This will be followed by veterans and professional golfers on Tuesday 21 November.
Women golfers will compete on Wednesday 22 November, after which a special kitty and auction night will hold on Thursday, 23 November. The main championship will commence on Friday, 24 November with guest players on Handicap 19 and above
The men’s competition for golfers on Handicap 1 and 18 will hold on Saturday 25 November. Golfers with the best scores will proceed to challenge at the grand finale holding on 26 November.
Meanwhile, Akinyemi also announced that this edition of the championship will witness the phased commissioning of the Integrated Golf Range Project, a legacy project started by the incumbent committee.
He explained that the Integrated Golf Range Project is a state-of-the-art facility that will improve golfing experience for members of the Ikeja Golf Club.
“This project is set to place Ikeja Golf Club on the map of the golf world,” he added.
Alumona added that the Integrated Golf Range Project will improve competition among golfers.
“This edition will be the last easy edition for the winner because next year, the short range will be opened and golfers can practice before they play and this reduces the advantage of the highly skilled golfers,” he noted.
The Integrated Golf Range Project will include Long and Short Game Areas, Practice Range, Virtual Golf Simulation Zone, Lounge, 60-vehicle capacity car park with roof netting among other facilities.
The competition is supported by ADL Solutions, Express payment, Prime metro and Golf view hotels
Other committee members in attendance at the presssconference included Messrs Babatunde Ojo and Seun Aderibigbe, Vice Captain and Treasurer respectively.