Ibadan Golf Club (IGC) captain Ola Ibironke Dudu praised the efforts of the club’s founding fathers to establish one of the best golf clubs in Nigeria.
During the grand finale of the club’s weeklong 30th anniversary, Ibironke followed the history of the Ibadan Golf Club and praised Oyo State Governor Oluseyi Makinde, a great patron of the club; the Patron, the Nigerian Army of the GOC 2 Division, the Trustees of the Ibadan Golf Club, Former Captains, Former Captains of Elders, and Executive Committee members and other golfers for their contribution to the growth of the club
“It’s been a fantastic 30 years since the founders of this great club laid the first block of what we’re celebrating today. I sincerely cherish them and may the souls of those who have passed rest in perfect peace.
“Thirty years ago we were told that a small misunderstanding between the Ibadan Recreation Club Headquarters and the Golf Department led to the birth of the Ibadan Golf Club. But honestly, if we look at it spiritually, for me the struggle to manifest the great Ibadan Golf Club that we are celebrating today was divine. “
He thanked all recipients of the club’s ‘PEARL Award’ and referred to them as ‘Golf Icons’ for uniquely setting up golf courses and using their time and resources to popularize the game in Nigeria.
IGC PEARL winners include former Senate President David Mark, Chief Michael Ade-Ojo of Elizade Motors, who is also the founder of Smokins’ Hills Golf Course in Ilara Mokin, Tunde Ponle of MicCom Golf Course in Ada, Teju Ishola of Hassabary Golf course in Shaki.
“The success of this anniversary would not have been possible without the contributions of the IGC Diamond Awardees, who have supported the club with quality competitions over the years. We all know that competition is the foundation of every golf club. “
He thanked the main sponsor of the anniversary, the Heritage Bank, for the financial expansion of the club’s coast to make the anniversary lavish and eventful.
“We look forward to Heritage Bank’s annual Pro-Am golf competition. I can only thank all Ibadan Golf Club lovers for their generous support.
‘I am very grateful from the bottom of my heart, especially Alhaji Awa Ibrahim, whom I met for the first time while watching the children’s golf competition that he organizes every year.
“I must also note the unique contributions and total support of the members of this great club, the sacrifices of the former captains and their leaders for their ‘sacrifice’ perseverance over the past 30 years. I am not thinking of the times when we improvised construction and reconstruction processes both on and off the course, but you carried it with admirable openness and together we all negotiated the various turns to have today’s Intergovernmental Conference.
“Posterity will always remember each of you, including me, for our steadfastness,” he remarked.