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Professionals Blast WAGT Over Prize Money

Posted: Jul 1, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Steve Oma-Ofozor
Some top professionals, who took part in the just concluded West African Golf Tour (WAGT) Match Play, which held in Abuja, have bemoaned the winner’s prize money of N2.4 million saying that it does not worth the status of the tournament.
The tournament’s total prize money of N15 million is adjudged to be too small.
Emos Korblah, who won the event said that, “WAGT must up the prize money in the rounds from the present N40,000, N60,000 and N500,000 if the tournament must survive.
“I can’t imagine paying a professional N2.4 million as winner’s prize money in a tour, it’s a shame,” Korblah said.
Magnus Onumajuru of Aba Sports Club lamented thus, “The total money is not even enough for one to take care of his caddy, not even the flight ticket. At the end of the day participating in the tour exercise would seem a waste of time and resources.”
Andrew Oche Odoh, WAGT maiden edition winner, who placed second in the Match Play, also corroborated the need for the prize money to be increased.
“The tour should be reviewed, we should be moving forward in this game and not backward or static,” he said.
The professionals also complained of poor communication during the game, “The communication in this tour is too poor. We were not communicated on when to tee off; we have to come to the club looking for whom to give us information. Such poor communication arrangement should not happen in Tour.”
Emeka Ukatta, the chairman of the organising committee, believed that “WAGT is still very young and there are rooms for improvement and we will do just that to move forward.”