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Maiden Diplomacy Stableford Concludes in Lagos, Moves to Abuja


With 4 continents of the world represented on the golf course, the maiden edition of The Diplomacy Stableford teed off with much enthusiasm for the game and the coveted prizes.

After a keenly contested round of 18 holes, Uwem Udoh, Vice Captain of Ikoyi Club 1938, won on count back, the men’s category with 37 stableford points.

Damiette Oruwari led the pack of ladies with 38 stableford points. Both of them won for themselves business class tickets to Europe and Cape Town.

The Runners Up from both categories also won respectively flight ticket to Nairobi courtesy Kenya and night stay in the presidential suites of Legend Lagos Airport (a Curio Collection By Hilton).

The 100,000 Hilton Honours Points prize that was up for grab, for the golfer skillful and lucky enough to hole it in one, was won by no one. Legend Lagos Airport (a Curio Collection By Hilton) put up the prize in partnership with The Hilton Group, as one of the strategic ways of celebrating the 100th year anniversary of the group.

Coincidentally KLM Royal Dutch Airlines also clocked 100 this year and decided to give business class treat at 36,000 feet above sea level, to the winner of the men’s category.

Rwandair which is set to launch out, on flights to Guangzhou, has reserved a business class seat for the winner of Ladies category, on a flight to the mother city of Cape Town.

Kenya Airways also ensured that the runner up had something to show for all his efforts, as Kayode Enitan won for himself, a flight ticket to Nairobi.

This explains why the downpour wasn’t thwarting enough to stop golfers from completing their round.

The tournament moves on to Abuja later in the year. According to Deji Ajomale-McWord, the organizer, consul-generals have been celebrated in Lagos.

“Our next stop is Abuja, where we will be celebrating ambassadors/high commissioners for how they help our world keep sanity by providing diplomatic options to hostility, prejudice and war. This time, we aren’t just celebrating foreign diplomats, we will also be honouring retired Nigerian diplomats who have, at one time or the other, diligently discharged their duty in helping our nation maintain healthy ties with different nations of the world and served as the ‘parents’ to Nigerians in the diaspora”, he said.

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