Ajala wins Seyi Makinde Women Support Golf tourney
THE lady captain, Ogbomoso Golf Club, Mrs Sade Ajala has won the second edition of Seyi Makinde Women Support Golf Tournament held last weekend at the Ibadan Golf Club (IGC). Ajala beat the likes of Sade Opawumi, Hannah Obadina to win the tournament after she played 99 Gross and 76 Net at the one-day event. The tournament which was designed to popularise golf and to encourage people especially women to engage in sporting activities attracted golfers across from the country.
Speaking, with Tribunesport, Ajala expressed joy at her feat just as she attributed the victory to the support of her husband.
Meanwhile, the initiator of the tournament, Ronke Adepetu gave kudos to Engineer Makinde for engaging women through golf and other sporting activities.
“I can say Engineer Seyi Makinde is truly a man of his words because he has promised to make this tourney a yearly event and thank God, we can all see that this year’s edition was better than that of last year, but my belief is that the next edition will even be better than what we are witnessing today.
“The sponsor is King David of this generation, a man who has made huge impacts on the development of the society, generous, kind and humble to the core.”
Engineer Makinde in his remarks said the competition has come to stay saying next year’s edition will attract more professional golfers in order to add glamour to the next edition.
“A lot of people thought we only organised that of the last edition because of my political ambition but it goes beyond that, golf has nothing to do with politics, it is an avenue to engage in sporting activities.
“I’m a sport person, apart from golf, I do play tennis. sports enhance the wellbeing of an individual.
“Golf is very challenging, you never know what is going to happen until you actually put the ball in the hole, it’s very challenging, a round of golf will probably take you like six hours to go through the 18 holes, it’s just fun and relaxing.
“This tournament is going to be a continuous exercise as we are ready to sustain it over the years,” he said.
Also, the captain of IGC, Barrister Idowu Salami, lauded the sponsor of the tourney for engaging women in golf.
“It gladdens my heart that Engineer Makinde deems it fit to use the platform of golf as a vehicle to propagate women empowerment Initiatives.
“The game of golf transcends politics and it is political in nature, the game is on a higher pedestal than politics, its language is entirely and absolutely non-political,” he concluded.
“I implore you to make next year’s tournament bigger to attract golfers nationwide as the intention behind this tournament is solely to encourage women towards active participation in politics cum governance,” he said.