COAS pro-am golf tourney winner says he’s already planning for successful title defence


Port Harcourt-based professional golfer Michael Ubi says he has already started working towards defending the Chief of Army Staff (COAS) Pro-Am Golf Tournament trophy in 2021.

Ubi, who is a member of Python Golf Club of Port Harcourt, on Sunday in Abuja won the trophy for the pro category at the inaugural edition of the tournament.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the competition ended on Sunday at the TYB-lnternational Golf Resorts and Country Club in Abuja.

“Winning was tough, because the opposition was very dynamic and challenging.

“But what that means also is that the next edition of the tournament is going to be very very tough and exciting.

“Therefore, I will have to start preparing from now on, if I am hoping to retain the title. I will have to work hard for it,” Ubi told NAN.

He grossed 139 over 36 holes to emerge the 2020 winner in an event which saw his main challenger, Bala Abdullahi of Ashaka Cement Golf Club, running up very close.

Abdullahi had trailed with the same gross score margin but ended up with one over par, as against Ubi’s level par score.

S. Okpe of Minna Cantonment Golf Club and J. Okoromi of Ilorin Golf Club both scored 140 gross over 36 holes to jointly place third.

In the tournament’s senior tour pro category, M. Liman of IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja emerged the winner.

Tina Micah of Rhyno Golf Club of Jos won the lady professionals title with a 166 gross over 36 holes.

The overall best gross trophy went to John Alex of Otukpo Golf Club after playing 70.

The captain of Kaduna Golf Club, H. Adamu, won the overall best nett title with 62.

David Ali won the best gross in the tournament’s Category 1, while best nett in categories 2 and 3 respectively were won by S. Icha and Osarenren J.N. respectively.

NAN reports that the TYB-International Golf Resorts and Country Club’s patron and Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Tukur Buratai, has since directed that the Pro-Am golf tournament be made an annual event.

He also directed that provisions be made for it in the 2021 budget of the Nigerian Army.(NAN)

– Dec. 8, 2020 @ 12:38 GMT |

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