Ghanaian import Emos Korblah will definitely not forget Asaba in a hurry. After 72 holes of intense golf at the Dr Emmanuel Uduaghan Pro-Am Golf tournament which holes out today at the Ibori Golf and Country Club, Asaba, the Ghanaian dwarfed all and smiled to the bank with N756,000 for emerging winner of the event.
Korblah went into the last day of the Pro-Am with a six-point lead shooting a total score of 222 to improve his chances of winning. Abuja based pro Edet Umoh rattled every one with his first and second day performance, shooting 70, 2 under 72 ad 73, one over per 72 respectively, to send warning signals to his colleagues.
But that changed on the 3rd day as Korblah hit the top of the leaderboard with a stunning performance, shooting 73, one over par, while Umoh crumbled shooting 81, 9 over par, to pave the way for Minna based pro Martin Odoh.
While Martin Odoh fought doggedly to maintain the second position and later smiled home with N420,000, his younger brother Andrew Oche Odoh played one of the best golf in the tournament shooting 71, one under par to move into the third position, a feat that ensured that he left Asaba with N336,000.
An elated Korblah told The Golf Course that his plans for Christmas have changed.
“The course is tough, going by the scores you will see that it was not an easy tournament. I am happy to have won, it did not look good on the opening day but things turned around for good on the third day and I told myself there is no stopping me now. Having a six point advantage, I told myself that there was no way I would not win and I am very grateful to God that I maintained the lead and I am going home with the star prize.
Initially, I was going to spend the Christmas in Oturkpo, Benue State but with this victory I will be heading to Ghana to celebrate with my family. It is definitely going to be a merry Christmas”, Korblah said.
Third place winner Andrew Odoh said he saw the third place prize coming having played well during the tournament. According to him, his chipping and putting let him down but he decided to give his best and that produced the last day result.
“I did not do anything special. I had my usual rest and went over my game. I realized that I needed to drive longer and putt properly and it produced a good result for me”, he said.
In the amateur category one, Aba based player Emmanuel Onumajuru won the star prize after defeating Izang A in a playoff. Both tied after four days carding 325 respectively and needed a playoff to determine the winner. Onumajuru proved too hot for Izang during the playoff.
In the senior category, Raimi T was way out of his league as he led from the first day to the third shooting 233 to emerge as winner. Second place went to Port Harcourt based Bello Seibidor who carded 242 over three days, while Peter Akakasiaka finished in the third position with 244.