Odoh Wins 18th CMCL Open Golf Championship


Playing like someone infused with the winning bug, Nigeria top seed; Andrew Oche Odoh proved that he was still the man to beat in the Nigeria professional golf tour when he came from behind to win his fifth CMCL Open title.

To come top in the competition, Odoh grossed a four-day round of 4-under par 284, winning by four-shots over three days leading favourite Mike Ubi from Air Assault Port Harcourt.

The 2016 CMCL Open was the 18th in the series and was put in place to mark the 60th birthday of Otunba Olusola Adekanola, Chairman of CMCL Golf Tours Limited.

Playing two-shots off the pace going to the final, Odoh birdied hole 1 and hole 3, eagle hole-5 and recorded another birdie on the 9th for 4-under par 32, going to the back nine.

He however dropped shots on the 10th and 14th, parred the 11th, 12th and 13th. He recorded another birdie on the 16th and parred the closing hole for the coveted trophy.Air Assault based Ubi who shone like the stars on day-three collapsed under the pressure mounted by the duo of Odoh and Emos Korblah. He ended his final round at 3-over par 75, a score which placed him in joint second position with Ayuba Musa who closed his four-day round with 2-under par 70.

Ghanaian Emos Korblah, came fourth while Najeem Sofela completed the top five in the keenly contested event.

Yusuf Abdulahi won the category-One amateur event, while Remi Olukoya and Tim Ayomike from the golf section of Ikoyi club were First and Second in the amateur gross category.

The winner of the Amateur category was Toriola Johnson who returned 134 over two days playing off 13-Handicap. Other winners include Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Dare Bello, Ms Joy Ikwue, G A T Oboh, Bayo Alli, Seyi Siwoku and Jimoh Ogundare while Moses Oladimeji won the Special 60th position prize.

Otunba Olusola Adekanola in his closing remark was very satisfied with the turnout and the competitive challenges put up by both the Professionals and Amateurs golfers during the one week competition.

Adekanola promised to continue to support golf professionals, saying the famed Winner-Takes-All series would be added to the CMCL Tour calendar this year.