*Downstream assures of sustaining tournament
By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Ahmed Bawa of the host club with a play of 66 Nett was crowned overall winner of the 2019 Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) Open Downstream Golf Tournament which ended on Saturday at the Kaduna Golf Club.
The two-day tournament, saw Ivy Achir also of Kaduna Golf Club claiming the top spot for the ladies with 85 Gross over two days.
Best Gross Men went to Andrew Chechet 76 Gross after a count back on Raymond Yaki
Best Nett of the male category went to Mr. Gambo Peter 68 Nett, Runner Up Nett was claimed by Raymond Yaki 71 Nett, while Linus Ishaya settled for Second Runner Up Nett.
In the female category, Best Nett went to Bola Mustapha (73 Nett) after count back on Adaugo Martins (73 Nett) and Suzan Marcus also (73 Nett) to settle forRunner up and Second Runner up Nett respectively.
The Male Veterans Category Best Nett was won by Alhaji Ibrahim Atu (70 Nett), Runner up Nett Colonel I.H. Biu (73 Nett) and Second runner up Nett, Dr. A.G. Haruna (76 Nett).
Grace Yanen emerged winner of Ladies Veterans Best Nett with 89 Nett.
In the Caddies Competition Senior Cadre, Best Gross went to Theophilus Thomas (71 gross), while Runner Up Gross went to Shehu Usman (72 gross), both from Kaduna Golf Club.
In the Junior cadre, Best Gross went to Samuel Everest of Kaduna Golf Club(79 gross), while Runner Up Gross was won by Nasiru Yahaya of Zaria Golf Club (80 gross).
In the special prizes category, Miss Lizzy Samuel won the Longest Drive in the Kaduna Golf Club Guests Category, Longest Drive Men, went to Saturday Otubor while Longest Drive NNPC Staff Men was won by Alexander Peter Aku.
Nearest to the Pin Ladies was won by Ivy Achir, Nearest to the pin Men, Gambo Peters and Nearest to the pin NNPC Staff, Mrs Tamar Agnes
In his remarks at the closing ceremony, Captain Kaduna Golf Club, Idris Sae’ed expressed happiness that it ended successfully.
“We started and we are closing without any incidents. We want to thank the management of all the sponsors under the banner of NNPC,” he said.
Also speaking, the Chief Operations Officer (COO), Downstream NNPC, Engineer Luke Anele said that NNPC and Downstream were quite pleased with the organization and success of the tournament.
He assured that Downstream will continue to sponsor the tournament to ensure the growth of golf in the state and Nigeria.
“We are quite appreciative of the level of organization of the tournament. We urge the management of this club to keep maintaining high standards,” he implored.