Grace Ihonvbere emerged the overall winner of the 17th IBB Golf Club Ladies Closed Championship in Abuja. The 15 handicapper exhibited relentless character on her to victory on a sun drenched golf course, winning with a five shot margin.
It was a special win as she will have the honour of being the club lady champion till October next year. A combined field of 160 players, 110 gentlemen and 50 ladies, competed in the 18-hole event.
Ihonvbere saved shots that turned the game on the head on the back-nine, taking advantage of the high scores across the board. She eased her way into the tournament with a net score of 78 after a quadruple bogie eight start on par 4, Whole number one, nearly lowered her confidence.
“Overall, I am glad I won the tournament after a shaky start. Besides the weather was hot and I felt that I was going to pass out. Hard work is rewarded in golf and eventually my effort on the practice range paid off in the long run. I just ploughed on, played some bad holes and goods holes. Now I am the champion,” Ihonvbere chuckled.
Nanwon Nanven shot 83 nett to win the ladies Handicap 0-18 prize ahead Adekunbi Usman (85), Anne Abimiku (91), Mirabel Edozie (92) and Nanfe Audu, who wound up in fifth place with 95 nett.
C. Osarunwenwense won the men category 1 (HDC 0-12) prize with a net score of 72, while Michael Adeleke finished three strokes outside the lead for second position.