Calabar Festival:A Golf Tournament making a difference

Posted: December 24, 2010 by iyadim in Calabar, Calabar festival, Mary Slessor Golf Tournament, Tourism

Sen. Liyel Imoke, Executive Gov. Cross River State


Governor Liyel Imoke of Cross River State has teed off the third edition of the Mary Slessor Golf Tournament at Calabar Golf Club Course to raise funds in support of Mrs. Obioma Liyel Imoke’s pet projects partnership Opportunities for Women Empowerment Realization (POWER), and “Mothers Against Child Abandonment” which is part of the ongoing Calabar Festival Programme.

The tournament, which Mrs. Obioma Imoke described as an inspiration from God attracted professional and amateur golfers from golf clubs through out the federation. Mrs. Imoke, who teed after her husband, explained that she has used her pet projects through the Carnival Calabar Queen, to discourage young girls from getting pregnant through abstinence from casual sex and if they should get pregnant by accident, they should not throw away or abandon their babies, but give them to Partnership Opportunities for Women Empowerment Realization ( POWER) to take care of the young mother and child.

Mr. Tobias Chidi of Ikeja Golf Club Lagos scored 137 points to chart the championship trophy and N200,000 cash prize in the professional category while Enaigbe O. of Benin Golf Club and Oyebanji G of IBB Golf Club Abuja, tied for the second place with 139 pints. In the amateur category one, Amadi S U of Port Harcourt Golf Club won the first prize with 152 points, Ideriah Solomon came second with 153 points while Kalio 1 of Calabar Golf Club came third with 154 points.

In a post presentation address, the third winner of the Mary Slessor charity Golf tournament Mr. Tobias Chidi described the tournament as pleasant experience as he spent four days in Calabar playing golf, adding his wish to come back next year to repeat the feat adding that the turf of the Calabar Golf club as one of the best in the country

The Director Operations Partnership Opportunities for Women Empowerment Realization (POWER), Mr. Celestine Okanya, described the Mary Slessor Golf Tournament as a charity event initiated by Mrs. Obioma Liyel Imoke to raise funds for her pet projects as well as develop golf in the country.

Mr. Okanya, said Mrs. Imoke has done this for the past three years and the participation has kept improving to achieve her goals which has equally impacted on some people as an empowerment programme. He disclosed that the winner of the tournament, Mr. Tobias Chidi is a physically challenged, who proved that he could do what able bodied men can do by winning the star prize, saying that about 30 professional golfers across the country participated in the golf tournament while the raffle ticket for the Mary Slessor Golf Tournament will be drawn on a later date.

The Tournament Director of Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria (PGA), Mr. Dominic Andrew, thanked Mrs. Imoke for assembling golfers from across the country in Calabar through her pet programme, promising that the level of participation in subsequent editions will be raised.

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