Khalil, Umeh Win 1st Chief Nicholas Chizea Memorial Golf Tourney Abiodun Jimoh, Abeokuta


Ishmael Khalil and Edith Umeh emerged champions at the maiden edition of Chief Nicholas Chizea Memorial Golf Tournament concluded over the weekend in Asaba, Delta State.

The memorial golf tourney held at lbori Golf and Country Club (IGCC), Asaba featured over 140 golfers from different golf clubs from south-south and other parts of Nigeria.

Khalil (hcp 12) showed his stuff in the men’s category by playing 78 net to win the event ahead of Henry Onaiwa (hcp 23) who recorded 80 net, while Gibson Lee (hcp 13) settled for third place with 80 net.

Similarly, Umeh (hcp 25) played 74 net to emerge winner in the ladies cadre. Prinye Obuaya (hcp 19) settled for the second position with 76 net, just as immediate past ladies captain, Angela Uwabor (hcp 16) was rated third best.

Other winners were Meg Attoh (hcp 21) won the veteran ladies with 79 net, while the veteran men cadre went to George Ugbomah (hcp 15) having played 78 net. P. Iweze (hcp 19) recorded 81 net to win the super veteran men category.

Meanwhile, the guests men and ladies categories were won by the Captain and Ladies Captain of UBTH Golf Club, Hon. Matthew Iduoriyenkenwen and Ehis Igbinaolor respectively.

Iduoriyenkenwen (hcp 16) beat Osaaze Iyare (hcp 3) on count back having both played 78 net respectively, while Igbinadolor (hcp 13) won the ladies cadre with 75 net, thus beat Patience Ndidi (hcp 28 who played 87 net. recalls that the tournament bankrolled and hosted by Odoziaku, Mrs. Christy Nkechi Chizea will be organised annually with three main goals in mind.

That is to honor the memory of her late husband; to honour individuals living and deceased who have distinguished themselves in the game of golf, and to showcase good golfers competing in IGCC, on one of the most challenging golf in Nigeria, for the enjoyment of the game.

In his address, IGCC Captain, Mr Alfred Ebreneyin appreciated all players that played and those that grace the occasion based on their love for the late past captain.

Ebreneyin said: “Chief Nicholas Onyeogali Chizea was the past captain of IGCC for two years and passed on after a brief illness last year. He left a solid legacy in the club. Built a caddy hut with office at the club, and he is well loved by all who knew him.”

The highlight of the event was the presentation of various trophies and other prizes to players that excelled at the end of the tournament.