Orok Uko cracks a 1-wood at a tournament in Uyo. He will feature at the MTN WGC regional qualifier on Saturday in Port Harcourt
By Olawale Ajimotokan
Emmanuel Onumajuru and Orok Uko are biding to make huge impact in the regional qualifiers of the MTN World Golfers Championship billed for Port Harcourt Golf Club on May 25.
The eastern regional qualifier will officially mark the beginning of the excitement that always characterizes the MTN WGC and set the mood for the other stages in Ikeja, Abuja and the national final fixed for Uyo September.
The tournament will have on the card the male and female golfers with valid handicap from clubsides in southern and eastern zones of the country.
Aba-based Onumajuru and Uko, who enjoys his game at the Le Meridien Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo, are two golfers who want to make their presence count in the 18-hole tournament in Port Harcourt.
Both of them belong to the exclusive but expanding class of individuals with honour to have represented Nigeria at the global stage of the WGC final.
They belong the class of five golfers that flew the country's flag in Durban, South Africa last year.
The WGC is a two-stage test that demands excellence, consistency and luck before an individual can grace the world stage.
''I will be in Port Harcourt to see if I can make it to the national final. From there, I will be in a position to qualify for the world final. The MTN WGC is one of the best organised tournaments in Nigeria and I must admit I had a great time in Durban last year,'' the five-handicapper, who represented Nigeria at first try last year said.
Last year, he finished second behind Isaboye Kalio of Air Assault at the regional final before he triumphed in the 0-5 low handicap category at the national final in Uyo.