Darlington Ogie and Prof. Joe Mokwunyei at the weekend won men and ladies’ categories respectively of the Sylva Umole at 70 Birthday Golf Tournament held at the Benin Club, Golf Section (BCGS), Benin City,
Prof. Waziri Erhamen won the best gross trophy with 84 gross, while John Ugheoke won the most gross golf award with 141 gross played at the one-day birthday tourney organised by Sylva Umole Committee of Friends, chaired by Peace Anuna in conjunction with the Club.
In the competition, which featured over 100 golfers, Ogie, played a net score of 73 to win the men’s category with Oscar Iyare settling for the second position with 75 net, while Jimmy Osazuwa with 76 net beat Tony West-Erhaboh on count back to place third.
In the ladies category, Mokwunyei, a professor in the University of Benin, had a net score of 75, while Folake Okorodudu and Nkiruka Awiaka placed second and third respectively with a distant 82 net and 86 net.
Winners in other categories were M. Ikhureigbe in the vet men with 78 net; Jackson Gaius Obaseki won the super vet men with 83 net; Ivie Iyoha won her usual vet ladies with 84 net. R. Izoje and Kingsley Okunbo won the longest drive in hole 10 ladies and men respectively.
Speaking at end of the competition, the celebrant, Umole thanked all those who came across the county to participate in the tournament to honour him. “I am overwhelmed at the huge turnout of golfers and non golfers, who came to rejoice with me and my family on this epic occasion… they are wonderful people.”The highlight of the event was the presentation of trophies and varieties of prizes to those who distinguished themselves at the one-day event.