Ghanaian golfer Emmanuel Owusu and Nigerian Christopher Francis took an early lead at the end of the first round of the inaugural edition of the Sagamu Cup Championship on Wednesday.
The golf championship which teed off at the magnificent Elephant Cement Golf Course, Sagamu, Ogun, on Wednesday is expected to end on Saturday.
Edwin Osuhor, the tournament’s Technical Director told NAN that both Owusu and Francis shot a two under 69 in the first round as they raced to an early lead ahead of Ghanaian Vincent Torgah and Nigerian Francis Epe.
“Torgah – all the way winner of four out of the six tournaments so far of the 2019 African Tour season, was off to a slow start one stroke behind the joint leaders on one under par 70.
“He was closely followed by Nigerian Francis Epe, winner of the just concluded South East Shootout Championship in June in Owerri who also shot a one under par 70,” he said.
Emeka Okatta, the President of the African Golf Tour told NAN that the Sagamu Cup championship was a four-round 72-par tournament.
“It has a prize purse of 25,000 dollars with the winner expected to pocket a whopping 4,000 dollars,”Okatta said.
Among the top golf greats gunning for the Sagamu Golf Cup title are reigning South East Shootout champion, Nigeria’s Epe; Ghanaian golfers, Torgah and his compatriot Emos Korbla, Zimbabwean Visitor Mapwanya and Sunday Olopade.
Okatta explained that organisers of the tour were desirous of taking the game of golf to all nooks and crannies of the country in a bid to create more awareness of the sport among Nigerians, hence the need to stage it in Ogun.
NAN also reports that the 2019 African Tour season is expected to climax with the tour championship at the green IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja in December.