By Lola Seriki- Idahosa, Kaduna
As part of measures to give back to the society, the Nigerian Breweries last week sponsored the 52nd Edition of the golf tournament in Kaduna.
During the competition, Audu Dahiru of Zaria Golf club on Sunday scored the best gross of 153 to win the 2015 Jaji/Heineken Open Golf Tournament, as Zaria golf club swept most of the honors at the 32nd edition of the annual tournament. He also won the nearest to the pin honor.
Abubakar Mamman of Wuyep Lakeside golf club scored gross of 154 to emerge as the runners-up gross, while Ahmed Abdullahi of Zaria golf club scored 155 to win the second runners-up gross, he also won the longest drive award. Group Captain USA Sadiq of Zaria golf club scored 141 to emerge as the best net beating Nura Yau of same Zaria golf club who scored 147 nett to placed second in that category.
Amina Wilfred of IBB golf club Abuja hit 168 gross to win the female category beating Racheal Danjuma of the host Jaji golf club, who scored 179 gross to place second. Dorcas Daniel of Zaria golf club won the best nett with 149 net beating club mate Justina Gideon with 150 net to second position. Elizabeth Samuel of host Jaji golf club won the ladies longest drive.
Joel Joseph of NDA golf club scored 170 to win best gross in category II (handicap 10 – 18) beating Zaria golf club’s Yusuf Shehu on count back. Abubakar Mz of Zaria golf club won the best net of the category with 144 beating NDA’s Phillip Henry on count back.
The veterans’ category was won by Rabiu Garba who plays out of Zaria golf club who scored 160 gross to beat club mate Adamu Yusuf who scored 172 gross. Yaro Shehu of Zaria golf club scored 155 to emerge the best nett beating Chief Frank Onotu of Kaduna golf club who scored 157 net.
Speaking at the presentation, Brewery Manager, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Kaduna, Mr Adebolu Obawole said NB Plc, who sponsored the tournament, had a strong friendship and partnership with the Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim Golf Club and the Armed Forces Command and Staff College Jaji, as part of its corporate social responsibility to its neighboring communities.
He said the company, which produce about 58 products in its 11 brewery locations across the country including two in Kaduna, had in its 51 years of existence gave back to the society in the areas of education, health, water supply, agriculture and sports among others.
“In spite of all the socio-economic challenges we have continued to put in our very best to steer the company to great operational excellence. Through our corporate social responsibility platform, we keep close touch with key stakeholders like you. Our corporate social responsibility agenda is designed to positively impact our society and touch various aspects of our community life giving back to the society.
“Sports remain a story unifying force the world over and by our sponsorship of golfing events we have enjoyed friendship, and the spirit of togetherness associated with it.”
Captain of the Ola Sa’ad Ibrahim Golf Club, Brig. Gen. Ola Soleye expressed appreciation to the Nigeria Breweries Plc for sponsoring the tournament while requesting the company to look into supporting the work aimed at improving the facilities at the club.