Afri Diplomat Magazine Launch at Diplomacy Stableford Golf Tournament | The Guardian Nigeria News

Aimed at celebrating diplomats, diplomacy and travel and tourism, the International Diplomacy Stableford Golf Tournament recently held its third edition at the IBB International Golf & Country Club, attended by approximately 20 embassies.

Among the embassies that participated in the annual gathering of the golf diplomatic community were America, China, South Korea, Britain, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Japan, Austria, Trinidad -and-Tobago, Austria, France and others.

The tournament was started by HE Amb. Cul Jian Chun – Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, HE Amb. Kim Young-Chae – Ambassador of South Korea, HE Amb. Wendell Delandro – Ambassador of Trinidad and Tobago, HE Amb. Buba Tekune – Former Nigerian Ambassador to the Philippines, HE Amb. Laraba Bhutto – Former Nigerian Ambassador to Cuba, HE Amb. Mohammed Kangiwa – Former Minister/Head of the Immigration Section of the Nigerian High Commission in London, HE Amb. Kayode Garrick – Former Minister of Economic and Commercial Affairs at the Nigerian Embassy in Washington DC, and HE Amb. Adamu Emozozo – Former Nigerian Ambassador to Brazil.

The tournament, which fielded around 88 players with around 50% of the players being foreigners, was shotgun start and Stableford point format. Irma Steyn edged out Jumai Abdulai on the countdown with 35 Stableford points to emerge victorious in the women’s category. Emmanuel Adukwu recorded 41 stableford points, making him the winner of the men’s handicap category 15-28. Otun Temitope surpassed Gambo Alli with 39 stableford points on the countdown, to emerge second. With 1 point from Stableford, O Igweh surpassed Ashley Smit’s 37 points to emerge victorious in the handicap category 0-14.

For the women’s category, Joy Ikwue drove her closest shot from the 12.1-foot pin to the pin. In the men’s category, Sameer Shukla won closest to the pin at 7.1 feet away from the pin. Irma Steyn and O Igweh won the Longest Drive with 153 meters and 246 meters respectively in the women’s and men’s categories.

The winners were rewarded with business/economy class air tickets from Air Peace, Rwandair, South African Airways, overnight vouchers from Envoy Hotel Abuja, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham and N200,000 (each) Cilantro gift certificates offered by Pepsi.

The tournament also saw the launch of the Afri Diplomat magazine. Afri Diplomat Magazine, which is an offshoot of the International Diplomacy Stableford Golf Tournament, is a print and electronic medium dedicated to promoting relevant personalities, events, happenings and topics around the African diplomatic community. Its content covers travel, tourism, consular services, diplomacy and the diaspora.

Speaking at the tournament, Run & Tour Africa Advisory Managing Partner Prince Deji Ajomale-McWord said: “This is definitely the best edition of this tournament so far, and we are very grateful to the individuals and brands who participated as players and sponsors. We just can’t get enough of the positive reviews we’ve received.

When asked if the Lagos leg would continue, Prince Deji replied: “most definitely. It all started at Ikoyi Club 1938 in 2019 and we intend to continue the tournament in the home of world harmony. Although we will be making some changes which will be revealed closer to the date.