7 December 2012

Nigerians Seek to Redeem Pride at Otukpo Glo Golf Tour

The final round of the Glo Golf Tour West Africa 2012 teed off yesterday at the Otukpo Golf and Country Club, with 80 professionals and nine Category One golfers doing battle for glory and the historic prize money.

The Tour which ends on Sunday, has Ghanaian, Senegalese and Cameroonian pro golfers attempting to outclass their Nigerian counterparts in the quest for the lion share of the N20m prize money, which is the biggest purse ever staked in any event in the history of professional golf in the country. The overall purse for the Pro-Am Tour is N62.5million, the biggest in Africa.

The Nigerian golfers are gearing up for a good fight in a bid to level up and win the final edition, as well as balance the winners' list, which currently stands in favour of the Ghanaian golfers in this tournament.

Out of the three earlier events, Ghana's Vincent Torgah and Emos Korblah, holders of dual tour cards from their country and Nigeria, won the first and third legs in Asaba and Abuja respectively while Nigeria's Oche Andrew Odoh won the second event in Sagamu.

Korblah, a member of Otukpo Golf and Country Club and the event's favourite, predicted a tough duel, stressing that luck would play a role in whoever wins the tournament.

On the outcome of the tourney, Korblah who is also the Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria (PGAN) Order of Merit Leader said that "even though it is my home course, I cannot predict what is going to happen because this is a very serious game and anything can happen. Whoever wins here in Otukpo definitely must have worked hard and must have been blessed with elements of good luck," he said.

"It is the biggest winning purse in the history of professional golf in Nigeria, so it is not going to be easy. Not with guys like Oche Odoh, Vincent Torgah, Gift Willy and Edet Umoh among others all ready for action. But I pray to have a good weekend in Otukpo. If I have a good weekend by winning the tournament, I will have a very good end of year," the golfer said.

Apart from the N20million purse at stake in Otukpo, a brand new Toyota Corolla, won by Mohammed Liman after hitting a hole-in-one at the Abuja event will be presented during the closing ceremony.

There will also be a N1 million special prize for veterans, giant trophies and other mouth-watering prizes for amateur golfers.

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