Golf: Sunday Olapade wins Custodian Classic in style

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Last Friday, Ikoyi Club’s Sunday Olapade, won the second Custodian Golf Classic at the Lakowe Lakes Golf Club in Lagos, this was his first win record on the Professional Golf Developmental Tour.

At the 54 holes affair, Olapade, shot 73, 68, 73 (214), two under par, to pocket the N3m star prize.

“It was a tough event, given the quality of the players on the field. I think hard work paid off for me, and I want to thank God for this opportunity to win this event.” Olapade said after holing the winning put at Lakowe.

On the opening day, Nigeria’s former number one, Kamalu Bako who topped the event’s leaderboard with a 68, four under par, struggled to a second-place finish with four strokes adrift of Olapade’s winning score. Francis Epe, current PGD Tour leader, placed third with 224, four over par finish, suffering the same fate.

Augustine Manasseh Ghana’s foreign player charged for the title that ended him at 222 (+6) after the 54-hole play, which could only fetch him a joint fourth-place  finish with Otukpo-based George Inalegwu.

Wole Oshin, the Group Managing Director of Custodian Investment, stated the event is an avenue to show support for the abundance of talent in professional golf in the country.

“This event is our platform to support professional golf. We believe other corporate and individuals can see the potential in them through the light events like this shine on them,” Oshin said.

“The purse was increased to N20m this year in response to the high number of foreign players request to be part of the event from the entries and data analysed from the first edition.”

Femi Olagbenro, PGD Tour’s Commissioner, also said that the tour is gaining momentum, and hints about plans to raise the deliverables for all stakeholders.

“We are bringing freshness to the tour on so many fronts, the tweaks we are working on with the venue and trying to onboard new sponsors while ensuring all parties get the right value for their investment.”

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