The 61st edition of the Lagos amateur open golf championship lived up to its rating as one that produces worthy champions, throwing up expectedly another worthy
champion in Benin based Emmanuel Ojeabulu.
Playing three- shots off the pace going the last 18-holes, Ojeabulu played one of the best golf of his life, maintaining steady pars for a closing 74, 3-over the
course par to win the World Amateur Golf Ranking recognized 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
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 is Muyideen Olaitan, three-time winner of the coveted Lagos Open trophy ducks in the third position 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 outcome of the three-day event, FirstBank of Nigeria Limited sponsors of the annual championship pledges its continuous sponsorship of the
tournament and other sporting activities across the country.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, the Chief Executive Officer of FirstBank, Adesola Adeduntan who was represented by Executive Director, Chief Risk Officer of
FirstBank of Nigeria Limited Olusegun Alebiosu said because the banking giants takes pride in sports, it will continue to honours its commitment to it.
In his speech, Golf Captain, Tony Oboh thanked the sponsors for keeping the tournament going, saying FirstBank 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 FirstBank, includes Polo, Tennis, Basketball, Football and Athletes.