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Oboh at World Amateur Championship, eyes Youth Olympics medal

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Georgia Oboh (left) at the recent Ladies European Tour. Oboh and Anita Uwadia are featuring in the on-going World Amateur Golf Championships in Dublin, Ireland.

Nigeria’s teenage sensation, Georgia Oboh and her compatriot, Anita Uwadiae are at the World Amateur Golf Championship holding at the Carton House, in Maynooth, near Dublin.

The competition, which is the most prestigious amateur championship in golf, started on Wednesday and will end tomorrow with the winners going home with the Espirito Santo Trophy.

The World Amateur Team Championship, conducted by the International Golf Federation (IGF), is a biennial international competition that rotates among three geographic zones of the world: Asia-Pacific, Americas and Europe-Africa. 

Each team has two or three players, who each play 18 holes of stroke play over four days.

In each round, the total of the two lowest scores from each team constitutes the team score for the round.

The four-day (72-hole) total is the team’s score for the championship.

Apart from the laurels at stake, Oboh and Uwadiae are expected to garner valuable experience that will aid them in their quests for success in the sport.

It is also a good practice ground for Oboh, who is Nigeria’s sole representative at the Youth Olympic Games scheduled to hold in Argentina from October 6 to 18.

Oboh, who recently finished in the fifth position at the 2018 US Teen World Championship held at the Pine Needles Lodge & Golf Club in North Carolina, United States, wants to go a step further by winning a medal in her maiden Olympics outing.

Shortly before moving to Ireland for the World Amateur Championships, Oboh told The Guardian that her ambition was to become the best in the game, adding that with more support she would put Nigeria in the map of the best golf playing nations of the world.

After Ireland, she said she would intensify her training to be in top shape for the Olympics, adding, however, that she is being hampered by poor resources.

Her father, Godfrey Oboh, who travels with her to major competitions, said also acknowledged that money still remained a major challenge for her daughter.

“I believe this kind of competition will put her in good shape to fulfill her dream of becoming the first Nigerian to compete in the golf event of the Olympic Games.

But I must admit that we are still bogged down by poor finance.

“We have been relying on friends and relations to embark on some of the trips.

We are still hoping that corporate Nigerians will identify with the dream of Georgia by support her quest to bring glory to Nigeria,” he said.


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