The Lady Captain of Abeokuta Golf Club, Ruth Olabisi Luwoye, has urged female contestants to enjoy themselves in the ongoing Ladies Open, stressing that everyone cannot be a winner.
Luwoye stated this on Saturday in Abeokuta during the ceremonial tee-off of the first Abeokuta Ladies Open, enjoining the participants to have a robust and new relationship with themselves and not to focus solely on winning.
Also, Tunde Owolabi, Group Executive, Retail Banking, Lagos and West, who co-sponsored the tournament with Eco Gas, stated that it was the banks’ way of giving back to the society.
Owolabi said: “It is part of our DNA to sponsor things that are sports. I don’t know if you aware, we have always sponsored the Lagos Open, which we have done since 1961. We believe in sports, it is something that makes the mind sound. Apart from golf, we also sponsor polo. So, we do a couple of these things. It is part of giving back to society. “
He also assured the public that the bank will always continue to sponsor golf tournaments.
Owolabi added: “We are part of OBJ championship last year and we will also be part of it this year.”
Also, Shina Luwoye, the CEO of Eco Gas, asserted that it is the company’s style is to always enhance the welfare of the family.
Luwoye said: “Our social responsibility philosophy is about better life for the family and golf is one of the rare sport s that a family can play, a team a group of people can play together and have fun and it is such a game that you can play from infancy even to your old age. Even if you are a ninety year old person, you can still enjoy the game of golf very well and you can as well beat a guy of 31 years old. And for us, our products is such that from day one you are born, you need hot water to take care of you , even at your funeral, gas is used to cook for people. We don’t pray for people to die but that tells you that our product is something that you use for the entirety of your life. That is why we see golf as a game we will always support at anytime.”
He also jettisoned the notion the game of golf is an elitist sport, stressing that each sport comes with its own peculiarities.
Luwoye said: “There is no sport that is elitist. Sport is a means of promoting wellbeing for people. Therefore, there is no amount of money you spend on yourself to make sure you are healthy that is unreasonable.”
The Eagle Online reports that the ceremonial tee-off was done by the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo and there are 132 golfers participating in the first Abeokuta Ladies Open and the closing ceremony of the event will end on Sunday.