The 2022 Ikeja Golf Club Ladies Championship has come to an end but the memories will stay around for a decent period of time as a new champion was crowned on Saturday, in person of Alaba Adetunji.
The Championship which commenced on Tuesday October 11 with Guest Men event, no doubt was well attended with participants from golf clubs across the South West Zone as Ikoyi, Ibadan, Abeokuta among others which defined the camaraderie that enveloped the event.
The development impressed the Vice Lady Captain who affirmed, “The Championship has been worthwhile, it couldn’t have been better than this with golfers from clubs across the country, the Championship can be said to have taken a national dimension.”
The Vice Lady Captain however, believes that they can do better in subsequent editions: “We will do a postmoterm and see how we can work on the grey areas and make the next edition better than this,” just as she commended all members, sponsors and partners that made the event successful.
Highlight of the Championship which ended on Saturday October 15 was the final round of Day-2 game that dragged into play off among trio of young Diana Osmond, middle aged Alaba Adetunji and senior citizen, Chichi Alamu.
The three women tied +33 in the gross event after 36 holes; Osmond who took early lead on Day-1 played 81, 90; Alamu, 82, 89 and Adetunji, 84, 87.
For a winner to emerge, the technical committee decided to take the playoff to Hole 6 (par 4) said to be the toughest hole of the Ikeja Golf course; there Osmond fell apart on +2, while Alamu and Adetunji tied again on +1.
The battle was extended to Hole 7 (par 4) said to be the easiest hole of the course; but that of course was where by fate the Championship was decided.
Galant fighter, Alamu, 64, who has won the Ikeja Ladies Championship a record 21 times, played +1 on the Par 4 Hole 7, while agile Adetunji, 38, a nursing mother and 2019 champion played level par to wrap off the battle as the new champion.
Adetunji in her comment said, “I least believed I could win this Championship, because I’ve not been playing for a long time, I have a baby; I came with the mind of having golf fun; but with uncommon determination I found myself becoming the new champion. I give God the glory.”
By Wonderful Ilori & Steve Oma-Ofozor