Nigerian golfer, Oche Odoh
By Olawale Ajimotokan
Gift Willy and James Bulus remain on course to secure Nigeria's two spots for the World Cup of qualifiers ahead of the official release of the half year ranking in June.
Willy and Bulus are the highest ranking local professional golfers on the Nigerian Order of Merit and will represent the country at the World Cup qualifying tournament if they stay ahead of the pack in the next three tournaments to be held through next month.
The three confirmed tournaments on the schedule of the Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria (PGAN) are CMCL Open Abuja, Olu of Warri Tournament and the Memorial Tournament in Abuja.
The mid year ranking will be known immediately after the Memorial and will throw up the country's flag bearers to the World Cup qualifiers in August at a yet to be determined Asian location.
Oche Odoh and Mike Ubi failed to make it to the last qualifiers in Malaysia in 2011, after a visa processing delay.
Ghanaians Emos Korblah and Vincent Torgah, presently lead the Nigerian Order of Merit table after assigning more money in three counting tournaments.
But no matter what, it is only the two highest placed Nigerians that will represent the country at the World Cup.
First year professional, Sunday Olapade and established acts, Oche Odoh and Daniel Pam are in touch with the leaders on the money table, which can still toss up many surprises from the lower rung by next month.