Top players scramble for entry to Smokin’ Hills
SOME of the best golfers from across the West Africa sub-region have been scrambling to be part of the 12th Elizabeth Wuraola Memorial Tournament scheduled for the Smokin Hills Golf Resort, Ilara Mokin, Ondo State.
Already, over 200 golfers have indicated interest in being part of the competition, which will tee off this weekend.
This has been one of the most sought after competitions in the Nigerian calendar and the organisers have heightened its pull by promising to make this year’s event the best ever.
Part of the attractions set by the sponsors, Toyota Nigeria Limited (TNL), are accommodation for some of the players and a special prize for the Amiable Woman Of the Tournament, which “is to further extol the virtue and vision of the deceased for the game of golf.”
According to Manager, Marketing and Promotions, Smokin Hills Golf Resort, Bayo Aderinto, who is in charge of the tournament, it is “one of the biggest events in the golf calendar. The momentum is high as there have been serious pressure from golf enthusiasts from across the country and even from some West African countries like Ghana wanting to play in the tournament, but the championship is only limited to invited golfers.
“We are expecting 100 golfers while already over 200 golfers have indicated interest to play at Smokin Hills Golf Course.
“In line with the desire of Chief Michael Ade-Ojo to make this year’s tournament more of women because the person in whose memory the tournament was instituted was a woman, out of the 100 golfers expected to play at the tournament, 20 are women as against five invited last year.
“Again, out of the total entries, those that cannot be accommodated in this tournament will be given preference in other events to be organised by the club.”
He expressed his gratitude to the founder of the Smokin Hills Golf Club, Chief Ade-Ojo for moving the golfing capital to Ilara Mokin in Ondo State.
Among the dignitaries expected at the tournament are the former governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinola, Otunba Olusola Adekanola, Ahmed Suleiman, Prince Bayo Adeleke and many others.