Georgia Oboh unfazed by 2019 setbacks, dreams of LET title, Tokyo 2020
Despite a not-too-rosy 2019 season, Nigeria’s teenage golf sensation, Georgia Oboh is still nursing her dream of claiming a maiden Ladies European Tour (LET) title in 2020.
Oboh, who finished 34th at the Magical Kenya Ladies Open in Nairobi this month, said being her first year as a professional golfer, she is hopeful that she would realise her dream of a LET title soon.
“It has been a great year of new beginnings – my first year as a professional, my rookie season playing on the Ladies European Tour, Sunshine Ladies Tour, LET Access Series & ALPG. I know that I am blessed to be able to play professional golf with the support of my family and well wishers. I thank God for all my experiences this year that will better prepare me for the years ahead,” she said.
Describing her performance in Kenya as the main highlight of 2019, Oboh added: “Finishing tied 34th in the inaugural Magical Kenya Ladies Open was an amazing week.
“I competed in the pro-am and then took part in the junior clinic along with my fellow Ladies European Tour (LET) pros. It was a wonderful experience as I was able to give something back to the local community in Vipingo, Kenya.”
Still hampered by the lack of sponsors, an optimist Oboh said: “The financial strains of professional golf were a challenge this season but by the grace of God, I will be receiving much more financial support to carry out my 2020 season.
“This year was just a part of my apprenticeship after touring pro, I will go into next year with more knowledge and experience and I can’t wait to see what opportunities God has in store for me.”
Oboh has set a target of making it to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, having featured at the Youth Olympic Games.
“I’m currently ranked 1018 (as of Dec 9) which is outside the qualifying spots for Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games but with some top finishes next year, I could qualify to compete at Tokyo 2020.
“It is a goal for me but I will need to put in a lot of hard work to achieve that, especially with less than seven months until the end of qualifying period.”
For 2020, she had set a tall order for herself, “I want to win Ladies European Tour Qualifying School in January, win Sunshine Ladies Tour (South Africa) Order of Merit and win a Ladies European Tour event.”
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