The 21st edition of the IBB Ladies Closed Golf Championships will hold on the course of IBB International Golf and Country Club from October 7 – 9, 2021.
The championship is a Strokeplay/Nett event open to lady golf members of the club, only. It
ranks as one of the major events on the IBB Ladies Golf Section calendar.
Participants in the championship will be contesting for who has played best to her current
handicap. A golf handicap is a numerical measure of a golfer’s potential that is used to enable players of
varying abilities to compete against one another. Better players are those with the lowest
The tournament is a highly anticipated and keenly contested one by members who look to show
off their golfing skills on the course to upgrade their ratings as the current calendar gradually
wraps up activities marked for 2021.
Lady Captain of IBB Ladies, MaryRose Richard-Obioha expressed enthusiasm toward the close
championship, challenging the women to bring their A-game.
“The 21st IBB Ladies Close Championship is the last ladies-only tournament for the year 2021.
So, all the ladies in IBB are earnestly looking forward to this to prove that records in the year
and upgrade ratings.
“We expect to see friendly contest and hunger to beat the rest in order to emerge the best in the
Championship. “At the start of every year, all lady golfers of the club set marks to achieve and new records to
attain. The IBB Close Golf Championship is the final test to achieving those goals.”
As opposed to an Open championship, only registered IBB Ladies golfers with a valid handicap,
who have paid the current year’s subscription have and are not currently serving any
suspension from the club, can play in the IBB Ladies Close Golf Championship.
Defending champion of the Close championship, Jummai Abdullahi shared her experience
winning the 2019 edition.
“Prior to winning the 2019 IBB Ladies close, I said to myself, relax and just play your game like
you know it with no pressure. “By the end of the first day, my scores put me on the last flight for the final day and when your name appears on the flight, its either you’re the winner or one of those on the list.
“I wanted to win but I did not focus on winning. What I did was focus on my game and that
worked for me. By the time we got to hole 18, my scores had clearly put me in the lead.
Abdullahi will not be defending the title, this year, due to unavailability but she advised the
participants to be of a calm disposition.
“Its not easy to keep the nerves out of play when you're in the last flight. You're struggling to
stay calm and play and not be distracted by the game and scores of others.
“Its very difficult not looking at those scores and realising who’s leading and who's not,” she
said, adding “My calm disposition to the tournament played a major role in my winning.”
The 2019 champion concluded by adding that it will not be easy for whoever wins.
“I know it will be a keenly contested championship with the calibre of younger players who
joined the club in the past three years who’ve honed their playing skills.
Its not going to be an easy one for whoever emerges winner this year.”
Abdullahi concluded that she will be back for the 22nd edition to win back her title for “whoever
wins will only be keeping the title temporarily.
The IBB Ladies Close Championship is the last club tournament that excludes female golfers
from other clubs and comes just before the Past Lady Captains Cup (November 6, 2021), the
Seniors Tournament (December 4, 2021) and the International Day Kitty (December 11, 2021).