*In honour of Kwara @ 50
No fewer than 250 golfers are to converge on Ilorin, the Kwara state capital, for a six-day tournament.
The Captain of the Ilorin Golf Club, Layi Maliki, disclosed this at a news conference in Ilorin.
He said the Kwara State government, in conjunction with the Ilorin golf club, is organising the tournament that will feature professionals and all categories of amateur golfers from clubs across the country.
Maliki explained that the event is slated for 11th to 16th July, at the Ilorin golf course and that it would be part of activities lined up to celebrate Kwara State at 50. He said the event which will see well over 100 professional golfers converge in Ilorin, will commence with the professional tee-off on Tuesday, 11th July.
The 72-hole event, according to him, is scheduled for Friday, 14th July, to give way for about 150 amateur golfers who will take to the course on Saturday, 15th July and Sunday, 16th July. Maliki said that the competition is to be managed by Sluqfort Nigeria Ltd, Nigeria’s premier promoters, organisers and consultants on golf tournaments.
He disclosed that the competition is sponsored by BUA Group a business outfit involved in farm produce, such as Rice and Sugar cane plantations in Lafiagi, Kwara State. Other co-sponsors of the tournament include: Sterling Bank Plc, Lanre Shittu Motors, Yolas Consultants, Chelfom Ltd, Pyramid Ltd, Harmony Holdings, Kwara Internal Revenue Service, ICMA Professional Services and Duravil Engineering Ltd.
Maliki expressed the hope that the competition will jump start the return of the Ilorin golf club back to its place as a mecca of golf in the country.
Among dignitaries expected to grace the event is the newly-elected President of the Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF), Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola and other members of his board.