Golf News of Tuesday, 13 November 2012
The first in the series of Glo Golf Tour 2012 came to a thrilling end at the Ibori Golf and country club on Sunday with Ghanaian Vincent Torgah emerging the winner of the competition.
Torgah signed for a closing 74 for 292 total over 4-days, winning the glamorous tournament by two-shots.
Tournament favourite, Emos Korblah also of Ghana, came second after grossing a four-day score of 292, losing the tournament’s top prize to Torgah.
Nigeria’s Andrew Oche Odoh also gave a good account of himself. Playing four-shots off the pace going to the final, Odoh fought back for a closing 74 to come third in the tournament.
Oche Odoh's brother, Martin emerged fourth in the field of over 90-professional golfers drawn from Nigeria, Ghana, Cameroon and Senegal.
Martin started his game on Day 1 with an opening 71, shot a Second Day score of 74, carded 79 on the third but recovered on the final day to come fourth.
Republic of Benin’s Francis Isuku proved he is still a force to reckon with in golf. He placed fifth behind Martin Odoh.
Cameroonian top seed, Ebela Desire who could not challenge for the top prize, placed 6th.
The professional golfers played for a total purse of N15m in Asaba while the purse for the Glo Golf Tour West Africa 2012 is N62.5m, the biggest Pro-Am purse in Africa.
Speaking at the closing ceremony, Torgah described the competition as the beginning of great things in the sub region.
While thanking the sponsor Globacom for supporting golf, Torgah said, the support will go a long way in growing the game in Africa.
The second leg of the Glo Tour series now moves to Sagamu, in Ogun from Wednesday.