Irene Nakalembe wins opening round of the 2019 Nigeria Ladies Open Golf Championship in Abuja

The 2019 Nigeria Ladies Golf Open Championship teed off on Wednesday at the IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja, with Ugandan Irene Nakalembe dictating the pace.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that, Nakalembe, Playing with Handicap 2, grossed 76 on the opening 18 holes, with Nigeria’s Amina Wilfred closely following.

The Nigerian policewoman who is Handicap 8 was two strokes behind the visiting player, after playing a gross of 78 and a 70 nett.

Another Nigerian, Racheal Danjuma, occupied the third place with a nett of 74 and gross of 82 while defending champion Evah Magala of Uganda stayed fourth.

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Magala also grossed 82 with a nett of 78.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that earlier in the day, the three-day event was officially teed off by the Captain of IBB International Golf and Country Club, Sola Awoyungbo.

He was supported by the outgoing President of the Ladies Golf Association of Nigeria (LGAN), Ekanem Ekwueme.

While teeing off the championship, Awoyungbo had said he was delighted that ladies golf association picked the club as the venue for the tournament.

“The Ladies Golf Association of Nigeria are celebrating their annual event and we are excited they chose the IBB International Golf and Country Club as the venue for the event.

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“This is because we have golfers from some African countries participating and Nigeria is represented by all the zones of the federation.

“We believe it will be a highly competitive event because they are all eager to play. They will not have the course to blame because the course is in good condition”.

“The competition will take ladies’ golfing to another level. Let me say (that) I am impressed with this large turnout,” he said.

In the same vein, Ekwueme said she was happy that she was ending her tenure on a good and winning note with the hosting of the competition.

“It is amazing, and a good feeling for this to happen. A lot of ladies are playing and we have a good weather.

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“The fact that I’m handing over to a new executive committee in a few days’ time is exhilarating. I’m happy with how events are panning out,’’ she said.