Lamenting the havoc and agony experienced during the lockdown of all golf courses in the nations as a result of global pandemic, the Vice Captain of Ikoyi Golf Club and a renowned Lagos based Estate Surveyor, Dr. Innocent Meckson Okoro recounted the ordeal.
The Golfer who claimed to be a golf activist expressed joy for being able to return back to the course after the government lifted constraints on sporting activities saying he walked 10 kilometer everyday to ensure he doesn’t lose his fitness and stamina during the period he could not play golf.
His words: “I love and have an unquenchable appetite for golfing as I have been into golf for about 17 years, but when all the golf courses in Nigeria were locked during the pandemic, what I did to maintain my fitness was to go walking.
“From my house at Lekki Phase one, Chief MI Okoro Avenue where I live, I do 10 kilometers trekking on that Ikoyi Lekki bridge every blessed day in order to keep fit and be in-tune with the standard I have set in golf”.
He claimed to have returned back to course to get back his swing immediately government reopened sporting activities saying he was at a point playing 16 handicap but slid back due to some serious engagement to 19, 21 and now working hard to climb back to 15, 16 in the next six months.
While narrating his projection, he revealed that “because of my love for golf, I contested the position of vice captain that will qualify one to be the captain of Ikoyi club for ten years before I succeeded on the fourth attempt. That’s how dogged and resilient I am, and by the special grace of God I will be the captain of the Ikoyi Golf Club section come February 2021”.
The CEO of M. I. Okoro & Associates who had hugely contributed to the growth of the game especially at his club as a social corporate responsibility (CSR) of his firm always make sure to contribute to golf activities in Nigeria, “not only to contributing, but standout among the crowd”.
He added that “at the Ikoyi club that I belong, I have held tournament singlehandedly at the cost of my firm on so many occasions, and I have personally sponsored so many tournaments and kitties in Ikoyi Club, and as a result of that I decide to go into golf politics to stamp my name in gold. I have served for so many years in the golf executive committee and have held so many positions in the committee.
“When I turned 50, it was one of the biggest birthday kitty we have in Ikoyi club, and apart from that have traveled extensively playing golf around the world, been to Brazil, Las Vegas, Kingston, Spain, Germany, London even in South Africa, so you can see how much I could have missed the game during the pandemic”, Okoro enthused
Okoro however promised to be in Ibadan on 18th and 19th September to participate in the Captain’s Day Golf Tournament designed to celebrate the end of tenure of Col. Ade Sunmonu as the Captain of Ibadan Golf Club, describing the immediate past captain of IGC as a jolly good golfer with outstanding golfing experience.