Andrew Odoh, Nigeria’s number one ranked golfer said on Friday he was set to win his fourth title of the West Africa Golf Tour (WAGT).
Odoh told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he was in a good shape for the game, especially with his strong showing at Nigeria Masters in Abuja in November.
The WAGT Championship which tees-off on Friday would be concluded on Sunday at the Arsenal Golf Club, Obinze, Owerri, Imo State.
The championship was the tour’s finale for the year and the leading 30 professional players of the Order of Merit are expected to play the season ending Championship.
Over the span of all events staged by the WAGT, its players had been earning points based on the result in each of the five tournaments staged at different locations around Nigeria.
Each of the 109 members of the Tour has earned a position on the ranking system, ‘the Order of Merit’ and the top professional golfer would be crowned the region’s best player.
The country’s number one player expressed hope that the combination of form, experience and a special affinity with the WAGT would lead to his success.
“I am very excited to be back as I look forward to finish the year at the top.
“I have always loved the WAGT and that is why I left my base all the way in South Africa just to be here.
“Playing at the Arsenal Golf Club here in Owerri, however, it will be a new experience for me as I don’t know what to expect; the wind conditions, bunkers and so on.
“Playing in different winds and having to hit different shots can completely be different from one day to the next.
“It does help seeing the golf course in different winds and I believe it will be an enjoyable golfing experience for me,’’ Odoh said.
He, however, noted that he was not under any form of pressure to win, adding that he already had a massive lead in the Order of Merit heading into the final championship.
“I currently top the Order of Merit with 2,300 points, while my closest opponent, Ghana’s Vincent Torgah is on 1,615, followed by Kingsley Oparaku on 1,445.
“So, no matter what the outcome of the result is, I will still be crowned the overall Champion at the end of the day.
“My goal now is to play for pride and to enjoy my golf,’’ he said.
Other West African countries participating in the tournament include Ghana, Senegal and Cameroon.
The total prize money for the championship is 25,000 dollars with the winner expected to pocket 4,000 dollars and 600 points for the Order of Merit.
Odoh had won three out of the five tournaments organised by WAGT since the inception of the tour in February, while finishing in the runners up positions at the other two.
He was recently crowned champion of the WAGT’s Nigeria Masters which took place at the IBB Golf and Country Club in November.