FirstBank announces 60th edition of Lagos Amateur Golf Championship
The FirstBank Lagos Amateur Open Golf Championship is a World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) listed competition that attracts the best golfers from the amateur scene worldwide.
First Bank of Nigeria Limited (FirstBank), one of Nigeria’s leading financial institutions, has announced that the 60th edition of its annually sponsored Lagos Amateur Golf Championship will hold at the golf section of Ikoyi Club 1938 from 18 – 21 November 2021.
The FirstBank Lagos Amateur Open Golf Championship is a World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) listed competition that attracts the best golfers from the amateur scene worldwide. Participating in the competition contributes to the points for golfers to aid their WAGR rankings, FirstBank in a statement it sent to Financial Nigeria.
Preceding the competition will be a press conference, scheduled to hold on Wednesday, 10th November 2021 at the Ikoyi Club House Terrace, where the CEO of FirstBank Nigeria Limited, Adeola Adeduntan, will unveil the landmark edition of the longest-running known golf competition sponsorship.
The highlights of the press conference will be the unveiling of the “Corporate Golf Challenge”, “CEO’s CUP”, ProAm, and Ladies Invitational. The Corporate Golf Challenge for Charity will feature 25 corporate teams of four players to compete in a networking environment of corporate hospitality designed to drive corporate social responsibility goals. It will hold on Thursday, 18th November, while the official competition will tee off on Friday, 19th November through to the Championship Finals on Sunday, 21st November 2021. The net proceeds from team entry fees will be disbursed to charities under the FirstBank SPARK initiative. SPARK, an acronym for Start Performing Acts of Random Kindness, is a values-based initiative designed to raise the consciousness that people can choose to be kind.
In addition, the CEO’s CUP is a newly introduced prize for the overall gross winner of this landmark edition of the championship.
The ProAm event, scheduled for Sunday 21st November 2021, is earmarked to recognise Professional Past Winners of the competition. Tagged ROLL OF HONOUR, the past winners play with invited amateur guests for a cash prize of $5,000.00 as well as trophies and other prizes. The Ladies Invitational is a subset event of the ProAm, comprising female guests invited by the bank.
“At FirstBank, we are excited to celebrate the landmark diamond jubilee of the Lagos Amateur Open Golf Championship, which is indeed the longest sponsored golf championship in the country and arguably, the continent, said Folake Ani-Mumuney, Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications at FirstBank. “For decades, FirstBank has been at the forefront of the growth and development of sports in Nigeria, cutting across various and notably sporting events in the country. Sponsoring sports reflect our belief in the role of sports as a major vehicle for social development, whilst also being a unifying force of individuals, irrespective of language, culture, religion and social strata in any given society.”
To continuously encourage and develop the game of golf, a series of professional coaching clinics and skills competitions are held during the championships. The clinic will be facilitated at Ikoyi Club 1938 Golf Club Driving Range. Participants in the clinic will include school children as well as advanced golf players that want to learn and/or improve their golf game. Participants will also be able to exhibit their skills in some competitions.
Other FirstBank sponsored sporting events include the Georgian Cup of Kaduna Polo Tournament, sponsored for 102 years; the Dala Tennis Hard Court in Kano Club for over 30 years; and the Obasanjo Pro-Amateur Golf tournament of Abeokuta Club now in its 5th year. The bank’s influence in the development of sport in Nigeria is under its First@Sport initiative.
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