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Philip Joe Paroma wins PAN Nigeria car prize at World class IBB Golf Club tournament

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Philip Joe Poroma has emerged the overall winner of the 2023 Independence Golf Tournament and drove away with a brand new car from PAN Nigeria Ltd for the first time in the history of the tournament. In the process, IBB Golf Club also set a new standard of excellence in the game of golf in Africa.

After three days of high profile and tension soaked golf, Big Joe Poroma played an impressive 5 under to outclass over 400 golfers from Nigeria and four other African countries- Cameroun, Ghana, Rwanda and Uganda.

The Independent Golf Tournament which celebrated Nigeria’s 63rd Anniversary in spectacular style was hailed by fans and players as raising the bar in Nigerian golf and creating a more enabling environment for the sport.

The IBB Golf club tournament had as major sponsors: PAN Nigeria, Access Bank, BUA Group Sterling Bank, HOPE PS Bank and several others.

Big Joe attributed his victory to “a cool head, perseverance, a fighting spirit and a gorgeous golf course that is just such a delight to play on.”

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The new winner pointed out that: “I didn’t set my aim at winning the car. I was just out to have a great game of golf and support my Nigerian golf team mates in outshining the other countries. So, I just let my golf flow and I’m absolutely thrilled that I won the trophy along with a gleaming new car from PAN Nigeria.

The IBB Golf Club Tournament, known for its competitive spirit and exceptional playing conditions, attracted golfers from all corners of the region. Amidst fierce competition, Big Joe’s unwavering focus and unmatched talent shone through, making him the star of the event. His precision on the greens and remarkable consistency throughout the tournament were key factors that propelled him to victory.

“This victory is the culmination of years of hard work, dedication, and a genuine love for the sport of golf,” Big Joe expressed with gratitude. “I am deeply honored to have won the first prize and to have my name associated with the IBB Golf Club’s rich history.”

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, the captain of the IBB Golf Club, Dr. Banjo Obaleye , said “we are determined to give golf its rightful place in Nigeria. Golf tourism to Nigeria is estimated to be over $16 billion. As a country, we haven’t even scratched the surface and at the IBB Golf Club, we want to be at the vanguard of changing the golf narrative.

The Captain of the IBB Golf Club and Chairman of the organizing committee, Mr Ibrahim Babayo noted that: “the rebranding and elevation of IBB Golf Club has only just begun. We are already and easily one of the best golf courses in Africa. Who says Nigeria can’t be one of the world’s top 30 golfing nations and attract billions of dollars in new foreign investment.

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“The IBB Golf Club will continue to provide a platform for golfers to showcase their talents at the highest level. The club’s state-of-the-art facilities, meticulously maintained courses, and exceptional organizing committee have contributed to its reputation as a premier golfing destination.”

The IBB Golf Club remains dedicated to promoting the sport of golf and fostering an environment of camaraderie among its members. The Club has been a hub for golf enthusiasts since its inception and continues to set the benchmark for excellence in African golf

The 2023 Independence golf tournament has once again highlighted the strategic importance of the golf sport as a unifier

 

 

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Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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