Lagos - Nigeria’s most valuable bank brand, First Bank of
Nigeria Limited has announced that it is set to host this year’s edition of the
Lagos Amateur Golf Championship.
The prestigious tournament, scheduled to tee-off on the lush
greens of Ikoyi Club 1938, Lagos on Saturday, November 12, 2016 will mark the
55th anniversary of the championship.
One of the key highlights of this year’s tournament would be
the participation of European Professional Golf Association (PGA) professional
player - Alex Rowland who will provide hands-on coaching on bunker play,
chipping, putting, and full swing among other skills at the open golf coaching
Alex Rowland, a British golfer and PGA pro started his golf
career at Padeswood & Buckley at the age of 11.
He was elected to be PGA Captain of Cheshire & North
Wales in 2011 and has taken over as PGA North Region Captain for 2016.
The coaching clinic which will take place at the practice
range of Ikoyi Club Golf Club from 4pm daily is open to children, beginners,
novices and golf enthusiasts.
In the competitive spirit, there will also be a “BEAT THE
PRO CHALLENGE" competition on both days of where the professional players
will be challenged in longest drive and closest to the pin shots with Instant
prizes awarded to winners.
According to FirstBank’s Group Head, Marketing &
Corporate Communications, Mrs. Folake Ani-Mumuney, FirstBank is proud to have
hosted the championship for 55years and this is hinged on the Bank’s understanding
of the importance of sports in the development of healthy bodies and sound
minds, adding that the tournament will also present a golden opportunity for
players to take advantage of numerous products offered by the Bank.
“Nurturing talents through this tournament and boosting
capacity for experienced ones through this tournament, we assure all golf
enthusiasts that we will continue to seek and explore new ways of elevating
golf and producing even better golfers, Ani-Mumuney added.
FirstBank has enhanced the value and content in the 55th
edition for of the championship for increased engagements, more fun offline and
a highly interactive and specialised golf clinic for golfers and golf
The Championship which is a 36-hole event to be played over
two days kicks off on Friday, November 11th, 2016 with practice rounds on the
golf course and a welcome cocktail reception in the evening.
Day 1 first round tee-off starts 6:30am on Saturday,
November 12th 2016. Other activities on the day include the professional
coaching clinic, and "Longest Drive Beat the Pro Challenge” competition.
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Day 2 on Sunday, November 13th 2016 will start with guest
players being invited to participate in the tournament followed by the final
round of the Championship.
The grand finale and awards dinner will take place in the
evening, capping off the Championship.
The annual tournament is open to all amateur golfers who are
members of a registered Golf Club with handicap of 14 or below. More
information on the championship is available on– www.firstbanknigeria.com/golf
The tournament, which made its debut 55 years ago is the
foremost golf tournament in the country and will attract elite golf clubs from
Ikeja, Ibadan, Port Harcourt, Ilorin, Aba, Benin, Kano, Kaduna, Calabar and
The tournament will also be a platform for over 260 guest
players to network and hone their golfing skills.
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