Nigeria’s premier Bank and leading financial services provider, First Bank of Nigeria Limited, has announced its sponsorship of the 57th edition of the Lagos Amateur Golf Open Championship. The 2018 edition is billed to tee-off on Friday 16 and run through Sunday 18 November 2018 at the lush greenery of the Ikoyi Club 1938 Golf Course in Lagos. This is the 56th time the Bank is sponsoring the elite event, since its inception.
FirstBank’s sponsorship of the Lagos Amateur Open Golf Championship has enhanced the Bank’s signature hold of the competition, giving the Bank a unique differentiation as the major driver of the oldest bank-owned sporting championship in Nigeria. The 2017 edition played host to over 260 elite golfers, while the 2018 edition will host over 280 golfers across the nook and cranny of the country.
This year, the three-day golf tournament will feature among others the “Professional Coaching Clinic” to nurture the skills of young and upcoming talents, and “Beat the Pro Skills competition”.
According to FirstBank’s Group Head, Marketing & Corporate Communications, Folake Ani-Mumuney, “The Lagos Amateur Golf Championship is not just a competition but a tradition FirstBank is honoured to associate with for 56 years. Our identification with the competition is in line with our strategic objective of recognising activities that promote the socio-economic diversity and growth of the nation as well as the promotion of talents that fly the green and white colours of the Nigeria beyond the shores of the country.”
Ani-Mumuney elaborated “the Bank recently signed an endorsement deal with teenage golf sensation, Georgia Oboh, who at only 17 has set her sights on playing on the LPGA circuit which she has already been invited to participate in. With this, she would be the youngest African female golfer to have ever reached this milestone.”
Georgia currently plays in a minimum of 20 tournaments a year and is mainly based in the US (Florida), in between training in Nigeria and is one of the highlight participants at this year’s competition.
The 3-day Golf Championship would be concluded with a grand finale and awards ceremony on Sunday 18 November 2018. The annual tournament is open to all amateur golfers who are members of a registered Golf Club with handicap of 14 or below. For more information on the championship , please visit the website – www.firstbanknigeria.com/golf“