South-south Regional Manager, MTN, Mr. Kester Osahenye, Master Brand Manager, Kelvin Orifa, MTN Senior Manager, Master Brand, Emamoke Ogoro, and the Deputy Governor, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Nsima Ekere at the MTN World Golfers Championship held in Uyo last weekend
Paul Erokoro (SAN) has emerged as one of the five golfers that will represent Nigeria at the 2012 edition of the MTN World Golfers Championship after two days of fierce competition at the National Finals held in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, over the weekend.
The four others that picked the slots after emerging tops in their respective categories were Emmanuel Onumajuru, Sam Galadima, UsenObong Akpabio and Uko Urok. The quintet emerged from a total of about 105 golfers who took to the field on Saturday, September 8 as the National Finals of the MTN World Golfers Championship officially teed off.
Meanwhile, General Manager, Consumer Marketing of MTN, Kola Oyeyemi, who was represented by Senior Manager, Master Brand, Emamoke Ogoro, charged the golfers to be good ambassadors of Nigeria and always live by the ideals of the gentlemen’s game.
The game of golf she noted “requires purpose, focus and consistency; attributes which are symbolic of MTN’s distinctive approach to enriching lives and improving the quality of life in our communities”.
First round of the competition ended on Saturday with the quartet of Emmanuel Onumajuru, Paul Erokoro, Uro Urok and Usenobong Akpabio leading the four categories.
Onumajuru led the 0-5 category. Playing off Handicap 5, he finished with a gross score of 79 and net score of 74. Erokoro, playing off Handicap 12, finished with a gross score of 84 and net of 72 to lead the 11-15 categories.
Leading the 21 – 25 categories was Urok, who finished with a gross score of 95 and a net of 71. He was playing off Handicap 24. Akpabio was leader of the 16 – 20 category after the first round in which he finished with a gross score of 84 and a net of 68. He was playing off Handicap 16.
The second round of the MTN World Golfers Championship began on Sunday, September 9 with golfers teeing off as early as 7.30am with the aim of overthrowing the quartet that emerged leaders of the four categories after play on the first day of the championship.
But Erokoro, Urok, Galadima, Onumajuru and Akpabio were the lucky five that would be heading to Durban, South Africa for the global finals of the World Golfers Championship which is slated for late October. Apart from Galadima, all the golfers led their respective categories after play on day one and only improved on their scores to win the categories.
According to Obinna Duru, one of the directors of Global Golf Limited, organisers of the championship, the team will depart for South Africa on October 26.