The ninth Lakowe Lakes Golf Classic ended on Sunday with Osun-born Sunday Olapade emerging star of the 54-hole event with multiple awards.
The event featured top professionals across the country and invited international pros from some West African countries.
Olapade, ranked second-best pro in Nigeria on the Professional Golfers’ Association of Nigeria Order of Merit, dominated in most segments of the three-day event.
His seven under score on the Mashy course trumped the field, beating Femi Olagbenro to second place, while Gift Willy and Oche Odoh were joint-third with five under par apiece.
Also, in the three days aggregated score for professionals on the championship course, Olapade again, shooting 73 (+1), 69 (-3) and 71(-1) led the field with three strokes margin, leaving Francis Epe and Kamalu Bako in the second and third places respectively.
“My game is in the right place now. I am scoring well and the layout and the standard of the Lakowe Lakes Golf Course has always fascinated me. I always look forward to playing it and it is the best course by far. So, I think a number of factors came together for me. I am really honoured,” Olopade stated.
In the team event that paired professionals and amateurs, Olapade’ s partnership with Peter Eben-Spiff, Fatumata Soukouna Coker and Baxter Scott fetched a second place finish, behind Kalamu Bako-led team that had Vitus Ezenwa, Paul Watton and Ebruwiyor Omaruaye.
Speaking at the event, Golf Manager, Lakowe Lakes Golf Estate, Femi Olagbenro, said, “The Lakowe Lakes Golf Classic is tagged “Escape to the Green” and this basically is to be able to create enough activities to satisfy the interest of the golfers and non-golfers that make up the Lakowe Lakoes Golf Estate community.”