Tony Okwoju, a 20-handicapper, emerged top at the 2019 Daniel Ogechi Akujobi Memorial (DOAM) Golf Championship concluded on Saturday at the Golf Section of IkoyiClub 1938 in Lagos.
Okwoju, who described the win as “emotional”, also said he had followed the charity event since inception, in addition to being a great supporter of the cause for which the DOAM Foundation was set up.
“It is interesting that things came together like this for me and I feel so satisfied with this achievement,” the champion said.
He shot 71 net to upset the field that paraded more than 150 golfers at the one day competition, D. Mayer and S. Camatel finished in second and runner up spot respectively at the event they returned 73 and 74 respectively.
This year’s tournament is backed by individual and corporate donors and sponsors comprising PricewaterhouseCoopers, Diamond Bank, ARM Pension Managers, Radial Circle Group, Zenith Bank, Providus Bank, Channels Television, Silverbird Television, Grand OAK, Cappa&D’Alberto, SPAR (Park N’ Shop), ExxonMobil, Fidelity Bank Plc, Victoria Crown Plaza, LG Electronics, Ikoyi Club 1938 and Raddisson Hotel, among others.
Chairman of DOAM board of trustee, ObinnaChukwu, a professor, said the foundation had ensured judicious use of donated funds.
“We have reached over 79, 000 people in nine years of operation, and with support of donors and sponsors we hope to raise the bar for a number of indigent persons that we reach this year,” he said.
In the ladies category, Angela Adegboyega set the pace with 73 net score, leaving N. Moka and JuliananAllangenyi to the pick the second and third place respectively.
Peter Ebe-Spiff won the men’s gross prize while Rita Okafor won the ladies gross and Wahab Feshitan, who shot 76 net to pick the veteran’s prize.
The foundation is a charitable, humanitarian and non-governmental organisation established in 2007 in memory of little Daniel OgechiAkujobi (1992-2005) who died from injuries he sustained in an accident along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Ogun state on his way back to school.
He was the only son of his parents.