Senate President, David Mark has said that the Glo Golf Tour has come to stay and has the capacity to change the face of golf in Africa.
This is as the leading pros from Ghana maintained their solid hold on the first two positions on the leaders board after day three of play yesterday, in the Grand Finale of the tour at the Otukpo Golf and Country Club.
Abuja leg winner of the competition, Emos Korblah, playing on home turf, whipped up a tour best score of 69 to beat countryman Vincent Torgah, who scored 71 yesterday, to second place. Korblah now has a combined score of 212 while Torgah has 214.
Sagamu winner , Andrew Odoh moved up the table to the third position after playing 71 to bring his combined score to 218, making him the leading Nigerian contender for the crown. Speaking to journalists after performing the official tee-off of the grand finale of the Tour at the Otukpo Golf and Country Club, Senator Mark said that the Glo Golf Tour will effectively expose Nigerian and African golfers while helping to discover younger talents across the continent.
"In order to enrich the crop of talents in the continent, we need to catch the players young so that they can start playing golf at an early age and sbsequently grow up to compete favourably with world class players, " he said.
He commended the sole sponsor of the Tour, Globacom for its heavy investment in sports, saying that other companies should emulate Glo's good job as "the government alone cannot fund sports."
He disclosed that the competition may be upgraded from a West African event to an All Africa Golf Tournament in 2013.
The Senate President went on to join over 70 golfers to compete in the 36-hole amateur event. Meanwhile, 43 pros and one Category 1 player will continue their search for glory as the 72-hole pro event ends today. Three pros who were drawn to play together on Friday were disqualified after allegations of irregular scoring and cheating.
The players will face the disciplinary committee of the Nigerian Professional Golfers Association
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 numerous other mouth-watering prizes for amateurs at the closing ceremony which will feature a grand gala night where top entertainers like Lagbaja and Basketmouth will perform.