From Olawale Ajimotokan in Ilara- Mokin
Kingsley Oparaku sparkled last night to become the third leader of the West Africa Golf Tour in three days at Smokin Hills Golf Resort, Ilara- Mokin. He holds a four-shot lead over Cameroonian Ebela Mvombo Desire after grossing -2 under par after 54 holes.
Oparaku’s gain in sublime conditions was a pay off for his risk and reward approach on day when his fellow contenders were overwhelmed by nerves.
He birdied the ninth and moved clear to 3 under par after another at the 11th that followed a crucial recovery shot from the woods. Though he bogeyed the par 3 16th, Oparaku made a crucial save at the par 5 17th, after taking a drop when he teed his driver into the bush on the left. A birdie at the 15th temporarily helped Ebela’s cause, but he faltered after he found water to the back of the green at the 16th.
Emos Korblah and Elisha Markus tied for third place at +3 over par as they struggled for rhythm.
Markus, who started yesterday at -5 under par as the leader, dropped five shots out of the lead as a result of tension, poor putting and distraction warranted by slow play by the amateur groups ahead at the tournament.
He took a triple bogey seven at the 10th and another double bogey at the 17th aside dropping shots at the 11th, 12th and 13th for a costly round eight over par 80.
Oche Odoh and Chidi Tobias are tied at +4 over par for the tournament. Tobias, who shot a 69 on day one drifted, in the last 36 holes of the contest. Swirling wind on the tee caused him to land into the creek at the 16th.