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Guinea Open $15,000 Prize Money, My Biggest Win – Odoh

Posted: Apr 15, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Steve Oma-Ofozor

Andrew Onche Odoh, Nigeria’s number three professional golfer, who has been enjoying string of successes in recent times, has described his $15,000 (N5m) prize money win at the 2015 3E Actuaries Equatorial Guinea Open as his biggest victory in golf.

Odoh, who is participating in the Zimbabwe Open, one of the Sunshine Tour tournaments, said on Wednesday exclusively that he was now reaping from his hard work, even as he won N.5 million at the David Mark Birthday Tournament over the weekend in Otukpo, Benue State.
The Nigerian, who won the first edition of the Guinea Open and the third edition which held at the Presidential Golf Course, Mongomo in December last year has since then won two major tournaments.

After the Guinea fame, Odoh won the maiden edition of another international tournament, West African Golf Tour (WAGT), which held between February and March 2016 in Abuja with prize money of $6000 (N2 million).
Reflecting on his performance in recent times after the Mark Birthday Tournament victory, he said: “I was so overwhelmed winning the Equatorial Guinea Open, because it was an international tournament that had the best golfers.
“There are great golfers from Spain, UK, France, India, Brazil, Pakistan, Portugal, South Africa name it. About 56 golfers or more participated in the tournament and I was the winner for the second time, it’s a great feat.”

He continued: “In Mark and WAGT tournament, the prize money was far lower than the Guinea Open. Although, Mark tournament is a local one, WAGT is international but not up to Guinea Open.”

Odoh, who won the Cameroon Open earlier in the year, also won the Guinea Open with total prize money of $70,000, with ease.
Playing in the Presidential course par of 72, Odoh explained: “I played 69 in the first day, in the second day, I returned bogey free, played 69 and I had four birdies, two bogeys in the third day to finish -2, with a total of -8.”
He enjoined his colleagues on the need for hard work on the premise that this was the only panacea to success.
President Theodore Obianguema Mbassogo teed off the three-day tournament, with golfers from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Portugal, Ghana, Norway, Cote d’ Ivoire, Senegal, UK, Morocco and The Gambia participating.
Other countries represented are Brazil, Bolivia, Cameroun, Gabon, France, Uganda, Spain, India, Zambia, Pakistan, Austria and Kenya.