Gift Willy was first runner up at the La Liga Group Golf Championship held at the Navy Golf Club, Ojo…recently.The Nigerian Navy leadership has pledged improved support for the Dolphin Golf Club, Navy Town, Ojo, Lagos, which just rounded up a two-day tournament organized by the La Liga group to mark its end of year 2016 activities.
Speaking at the end of the tournament, Flag Officer Commanding, Western Naval Command, Rear Admiral Ferguson Bobai, affirmed that sports is a good way of keeping fit, adding that the Nigerian Navy will continue to lend a helping hand in sports because it goes a long way in contributing to the mental alertness of her men.
While acceding to the request of the Club in putting their Mikano generating set in order, the admiral called for fair play in competitions and understanding among participants, as he looks forward to getting involved in the game of golf.
Earlier, president of the La Liga group in the Dolphin Golf Club, Navy Town, Ojo, Lagos, Engr. Francis Olo, disclosed that the group would host a Pro-Am championship at the end of 2017.
Olo said his confidence stemmed from the fact that the 2016 end of year tournament attracted 30 professionals from around the country, adding that Tobias Chidi with a net score of 69 emerged the champion of the La Liga Group end of the year golf tournament.Willy Gift with a net score of 71 finished second, while Francis Ekpe with a net score of 73 finished third.
He revealed that the group was formed to bring together all the members of the club who belonged to different groups (Hexagon and Max Fly) and were sponsored by different outfits.
Olo said it was easy to bring the groups together after their sponsors stopped bankrolling their activities.Although they expected about 20 pros in the championship, Olo said the 30 that showed up proved that the tournament was gaining the confidence of golfers around the country.
“We are very proud of the achievement and the progress we have made and everything will be done to make it better with more professionals taking part. And aside playing the game, the tournament is also to foster friendship among the military and their civilian counterparts.”
Captain of the Club, Navy Commodore Muftau Adeoye (Rtd), commended Olo for the initiative and promised that the club would continue to support initiatives that aid development of the game. He also revealed that the club would also host a competition that would bring together the best golfers in the country.
At the end of the event, Efe Samuel, who went home with N87, 100 was the highest La Liga earner, while the prize for the longest drive hole (18) went to Emmanuel Usen. Joseph Omatsogunwa with 2880 points was the highest La Liga point earner, while Olo, who made 44 appearances, was named the highest participant.