The lush-green and improved facilities of the prestigious Ibadan Golf Club (IGC), in spite of the pandemic that hampered sporting activities for the past 5 months has been attributed to the club Captain’s proactive approach.
A prominent member of the traditional club, Asiwaju Oladimeji Olatilewa Ayinla disclosed this in chat with Guardian in Ibadan while sharing his golfing experience at IGC that spanned almost a decade.
The civil engineer gave big kudos to the present administration of the club led by Ola Ibironke in maintaining and upgrading the facilities at Ibadan Golf Club despite coming into office when the revenue coming into the covers of the club is low due to the inactivity caused by the pandemic.
He reiterated that IGC course still ranked among the best in the country as confirmed by fellow golfers that recently visited the club, owing to its greenish and well maintained nature of all the holes and highly organized sitting pavilion.
“The Club Captain is the link between the administration of the Club and the athletes, and our Captain here has always represents the views of the golfers within the Club, by urging us to always adhere to safe social distancing guidelines before, during and after play, saying all should be cognizant of behavior as being able to play golf during this crisis is both an opportunity and responsibility.
“Ibironke is restoring rich golfing traditions IGC is noted for with his organisational skills and the ability to make brief, he possess diplomacy, patience and integrity in the face of a regular volley of complaints and whines from members who think they know the way a club should be run”, he noted.
Ayinla added that “the game of golf is wonderful for the psyche. It keeps the mind alert and provides vital human contact, along with several other benefits to mental health. When I’m nervous and bothered, I play golf and it reduces the stress and anxiety in me.
“Taking a good walk in the fresh air while playing golf does wonders for endorphin and serotonin levels in the brain, which boost my morale, improved my mood and reduced levels of stress and anxiety.
The golfer however attributed his fast improvement in the game, with official handicap 24 but now playing 20 to a group within the IGC called ‘Fun Golfers Group’ that is Chaired Olawale Oshungboun who equally is the House & Bar officer of the club.
“I met with their criteria and joining them improved my game. Like-minded people there are the present Captain and four past captains, two past captains of Tiger Golf Club, a trustee of IGC and the present Ekiti Golf Club Captain and host of others”, Asiwaju Ayinla noted.