2017 Jaji Golf Championship: Nigerian Breweries’ Aminu Saidu emerges winner

Aminu Saidu of Zaria Golf Club has emerged winner of this year’s Nigerian Breweries 2017 Jaji Golf Championship Tournament.

Saidu, who played in the men’s category 0-14, emerged Best Nett 18 holes with 64 points on Saturday, weekend in Jaji, Kaduna state. He was followed closely by Barrister Babanja’E of Ola Sa’ad Golf Club with 71 points, who emerged second runner up.

Others, who played along with them include Sergeant Abubakar, also of Ola Sa’ad Golf club, with 77 point, who emerged second runner up, while Abdullahi Mamman and Alhassan of Ola Sa’ad Golf Club, with 74 and 78  points and emerged Best Gross 18 Holes and, Runner Up Gross 18 Holes, respectively.

Speaking at the presentation of awards, the Brewery Manager Kakuri Branch, Kaduna, Mr. Abbey Ajayi, said “Nigerian Breweries as one of the most capitalized company, quoted on Nigerian Stock Exchange, has a strong relation with the Armed   Forces and, as a company, we will not relent in the sponsorship of the tournament in Jaji.

“Nigerian Breweries Plc, as you all know, is the foremost brewery in Nigeria with 8 brewery locations in Lagos, Aba, Kaduna (Kakuri & Kudenda), Ibadan, Enugu, Ota, and Onitsha. It is one of the most capitalized Companies quoted on the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE).”

According to him, “Nigerian Breweries as a company,  have developed strong friendship and partnership with the Armed Forces Command and Staff College (AFCSC), and the Jaji Golf Club for the greater part of our 50 years of brewing operational excellence in Kaduna.

“In spite of all the economic challenges, we have continued to put in our very best to steer the company to great operational excellence. Through our corporate social responsibility (CSR) platform, we are also not relenting in our continuous sponsorship of the Jaji Golf championship, which we hold dear to our heart, owing to the relationship that we have nurtured for over 36 years.

“What we are witnessing today, is the result of that partnership that we have enjoyed with the Armed Forces of this great country over the years. We have once again shown our commitment through our sports sponsorship. The Golf tournament itself has continued to witness positive transformation as it keeps getting bigger and better every year. This tournament offers us a unique opportunity to exercise, bond and enjoy good times together.

“Our participation this year has added a new dimension as was done in previous editions, by introducing a coaching clinic this year; we aim to encourage new golfers into the game of golfing by encouraging new people into this exciting sport.”

On Nigeria’s unity, he said “Sports remain a strong unifying force the world over, and by our sponsorship of golfing events like this, we have enjoyed the friendship, and the spirit of togetherness associated with it.

“Our company, in no small way, appreciates the huge efforts of the Nigerian Military in defending our sovereignty and the protection of lives and properties in this great country, especially at this challenging period. We salute you, the Armed Forces Command Staff College (AFCSC), for training the very best in our country and Africa’s best,” he added.

Earlier at the Golf Clinic, the Commandant Nigerian Army School of Infantry, Brigadier-General Jamiu Saram, commended Nigerian Breweries Plc for the laudable initiative of Golf Clinic, stressing that the sport of Golf is very important for Nigerian military, since it will keep the military personnel fit all the times.

Also speaking, Captain of Ola Sa’ad Golf Club, Colonel Nicholas
Ashinze, said “The Nigerian Breweries has been a major supporter of golf in Ola Sa’ad Golf Club,” adding, “this year’s sponsorship is different – with the introduction of Golf Clinic. For us, this is very strategic; hence, it means a future for Golf.”

The Nigerian Breweries Golf Clinic, which started at 7am and lasted till 4pm, had hundreds of intending Golfers from Nigerian Defense Academy, Bankers, Brewery staff, and Business men, among others, who trooped the Ola Sa’ad Golf Club for learning.


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