By Richard Animam
For winning the President Cup last week with record scores, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola President of the Nigeria Golf Federation, NGF has commended the effort of Christian Godfrey of IBB International Golf and Country Club.
â€œA brilliant performance like this should not go “uncommended”, and this goes to show the great potential that the country has to churn out good players if we set our parameters rightâ€ he said.
The Edo-born professional golfers twice returned 67, four under gross which stood as record score at the prestigious Le Meridien Ibom Hotel and Golf Resort, Uyo Akwa Ibom on the way to retaining the President Cup title last weekend.
According to Godfrey (who also broke the course record at the IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja earlier in the year shooting 62, ten under par) he has always worked on beating any record on the course â€œfor me each time I play I want to leave a mark and one of the ways I do that is trying to find out the best score that has been played before and seeing if I can better it.â€ He said.
Godfrey won the event with four day carding of 67, 74, 67, and 72 (280) to beat his nearest contender Emos Korblah with ten shots difference. While Oche Odoh also of IBB International Golf and Country Club placed third.
Godfrey is ranked number two in the country and his recent win at the President Cup in Uyo has reduced the gulf between himself and the current best player in the country, Umoh Edet and is inching to over turn the table owing to his performances in the next two events that rounds off the year.
In the amateur rounds at the event, Victor Assam from Eket Golf Club triumphed in the category one rank, edging out Musa manir from air assault Golf Club in Port Harcourt to the second place while
Mohammed Muazu of Ikoyi Club placed third.
Emmanuel Odoh, of Minna Cantonment Golf club picked the category two best honour (players with handicap six to fourteen).
Technical director of NGF, Moses Anabui said one of the aims of the event was use the it as a benchmark to rate the amateur players apart from creating a database that it can build on in the future.
â€œHence from the result we have here, we are going to rate the amateur players especially the category one players and this would form a pool of players that the NGF would in the future refer to for international engagementsâ€ he concluded.