The competition to pick the N15 million prize money for pros at the Asaba edition of the West Africa 2012 Glo Golf Tour became keener on Saturday, but top golfers from Ghana are ahead of players from Cameroon and their Nigerian counterparts.
The Ghanaians finally pushed ahead by a lean margin, though the hosts, Nigerians had an upper hand when they maintained a stronghold on the leader’s board in the first two days of the tournament.
However, on Saturday, visiting Ghanaian professionals, Vincent Torgah and Emos Korblah made very strong play on the field to top the board after 18 holes at the Asaba Golf and Country Club.
Torgah, who started the game with an opening 75, carded a third round score of 2-under par 70 to lead the pack of forty players, who made the cut by two shots.
Torgah’s game was helped by the Eagle he recorded on the par 5, hole 3, as his total jumped to 218.
The other Ghanaian golfer, Korblah, who is being tipped to win the Asaba edition of the Glo Tour is second on the leaders’ board as they get set for Sunday’s final.
Korblah signed for 70 to make a total 3-day score of 220, while Nigeria’s former number one player, Andrew Oche Odoh, who trailed in fifth place on Friday moved up two spots on Saturday to clinch the third place with 5 over-par after an improved performance in the day’s play. He is tipped to be the leading Nigerian golfer at the end of Sunday’s final.
Cameroon’s Ebela Desire is also looking good for the tournament’s top prize. After some promising play of level par on Thursday, he recovered from a poor play on Friday to clinch the fourth place on Saturday.
Ebela, who is still a force to reckon with in the golf space in West Africa, recorded one of the best scores on day three of the competition.
His 1-under 71 pushed him to the fourth position behind Nigeria’s Odoh jnr.
Minna-based resident professional and Director of Operation of Nigeria PGA, Martin Odoh, the senior Odoh, also found a spot among the top five going to the final round of the competition.
“The professionals are expected to improve on their scores as the Glo Golf tour progresses. They are expected to do better in Sagamu from next Thursday and in Abuja from 20 November before the grand finale in Oturkpo from 6 December, 2012,” the organisers said.
The players in Asaba said Globacom’s grand entry into the sponsorship of golf has saved them from becoming rusty.
They are excited that the Glo Golf Tour has provided the much needed financial oasis to pros in the region. Glo is sponsoring the tour with a total sum of N62.5m.