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Toppa wins Elizabeth Wuraola Ojo Golf tournament

Smokin Hills Golf Club resident professional, Yusuf Toppa could not contend his joy at the weekend when he maximised his attachment to the club to win the Elizabeth Wuraola Ojo memorial Golf tournament. It was his first professional title.

Toppa, a joint runner up with Obi Emeka (grossed 74) last year, came good this term with a gross of 69 to win the title this year, while Sanusi .A of Ibadan Golf Club, who was placed fourth last year with a gross of 76, took the second place with a gross of 75.

Lakowe Golf Club of Lagos’ Adache T. placed third after posting a gross of 76, while his club mate, Bakre B and Ojo Amos of Ikeja Golf Club were joint fourth with a gross of 78 apiece.

Reacting to his victory, Toppa said being a resident professional at Smokin Hills was an added advantage, but he appealed that the tournament be made a pro-am tournament.

“I am very happy today to have won the title because last year, I was among the winners even though I struggled with my putting and my driving percentage was not too good.

“But today, my driving percentage was very fantastic and my approach was excellent. So everything was just right for me today.

“We had better and more exposed players in the tournament today, but being a resident pro made the difference for me. I had a little courage over the course and as I said, so many things worked for me to win,” he said.

He also commended the standard and organisation of the tournament, saying it was becoming bigger every year.

Toppa said, “This year is different from the previous years… we had an off road car race, among So many things included in the tournament.

“On this note, I want to appeal to the management and sponsors of this tournament to take it to the next level by making it more of a Pro-Am tournament and extend the duration to at least six days.

“This will allow more professionals to participate in the tournament instead of limiting it to an invitational championship.”

Elizabeth Wuraola Ojo Memorial Golf Tournament (EWOMGT) is a two-day yearly tournament sponsored by Toyota Nigeria Limited (TNL) in memory of late Chief (Mrs.) Elizabeth Wuraola Ojo, wife of chairman of Elizade Toyota, Chief Michael Ade-Ojo.

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