Usenobong Akpabio about to tee off
By Olawale Ajimotokan
Nigeria is on the edge of a glorious outing at the 18th MTN World Golfers Championship after some of its players returned impressive results on the third day of the tournament across four golf courses in Durban.
The international tournament will officially hole out Friday with the entire amateur corporate golfers from over 30 countries aiming to improve on their past 56-hole performance and overall classification on the leaderboard.
Sam Galadima, Usenobong Akpabio and Uko Orok, have put Nigeria in strong place as three of the best five flight results are to be considered for the overall team standing.
Galadima, who has been the country’s sterling performer, sat in third position in the 6-10 flight after yesterday’s event with a nett score of 231.
Akpabio in 16-20 flight category was alone in 9th position after playing the two nines in calm conditions at the Durban Golf and Country Club, while Orok also had a share of 9th place in handicap 21-25 flight category.
Single digit player, Emmanuel Onumajuru and middle handicapper, Paul Erokoro SAN (11-15 flight) struggled and were left in lowly positions in their respective flights with individual nett scores of 252 and 258 respectively.
“Something went wrong with my swing though the weather was far better today than what occassioned on Wednesday. I am not sure I am going to make substantial contribution to the team’s effort, but I have confidence in the ability of others, particularly Galadima. It is unfortunate that I am not playing well. But I have lot of confidence in Galadima and am banking on him to do us proud,” Erokoro said.
Unlike the previous days at Princes Grant and Coltsword Downs, which turned out to be a struggle with the elements, Akpabio equalled the course par with a 72 nett at Durban Golf Course and will fancy his chances on the last day at Umhlanli Golf Club.
“Weather was perfect and better than the first two days when we struggled with rain and whirlwind like conditions. I played well today and with one day left, I believe we are still in contention to climb the leaderboard,” Akpabio said.
It was not only in the flights that the Nigerian players were in impressive form, Ayinde Sanni, Joe Jakpa Moses Anabui and Okey Igweh all excelled in the in the invitational event.