-Joel Aja yi | ABUJA
Port Harcourt Club 1928 Golf Section has revealed that it has secured a major professional golf deal from CMCL, reputed to be one of Nigeria’s biggest financiers of professional tournaments.
The deal is coming barely two months after the club successfully staged the third leg of the 72-hole West Africa Golf Tour.
Speaking on the deal, the club captain, Emmanuel Okene, said the CMCL winner takes all tournament will hold in Port Harcourt from November 9-13.
According to him, the CMCL Winner Takes All is a reward system that hands the entire professional prize money to the overall winner of the event rather than splitting the purse on basis of the number of players on the Order of Merit cut list.
Chairman of the CMCL, Otunba Olusola Adekanola, said the unusual sole winner format will help the players to be focused, and ensure that there will be decent play by majority of the players over four rounds.
Unlike the flagship CMCL Open which has been a national staple for close to 20 years, the CMCL Winner Takes All has only been held on three occasions.
Francis Ugbong won the maiden edition in Ilorin in 2000, while the cerebral Raphael Iyonagbe, who dominated the Nigerian professional golf scene in the early 2000s won the remaining two editions in Benin and at Air Assault respectively.
In a related development, the Rivers State golf club has also secured a one-year partnership package with Pabod Breweries to brand Hole 8 (Creek), organise the newly created Hero Monthly Medal in addition to a Golf Day tournament for amateurs yearly.
The agreement, consummated early this month, will see the brewers provide branded Monthly Mugs, caddy uniforms, scorecards, flags, consolation prizes (longest drive and nearest to the pin), picture frame of the champion for display at the club house and a hearty social evening at the club.