Odoh adds 18th CMCL Open Championship title to trophy chest
It is said that when one does one thing over and over again, it becomes a habit. Such is the lot of Andrew Oche Odoh, who has made winning titles his second nature. It is not as if there are no tough players to halt his winning streak. The point is that Odoh has acquired a knack for reversing trends whenever they seem to be against him.
And so it was at the just concluded 18th CMCL Open Championship, where he managed to retrieve victory from the jaws of defeat to win his fifth title at Ilara-Mokin, Ondo State, venue of the competition.
Playing like someone infused with the winning bug, Odoh, who is Nigeria’s top seed, grossed a four-day round of four-under par 284, winning by four-shots over three days leading favourite, Mike Ubi, from Air Assault Port Harcourt.
The 2016 CMCL Open was the 18th in the series and was put in place to mark the 60th birthday celebration of Otunba Olusola Adekanola, Chairman of CMCL Golf Tours Limited.
Playing two-shots off the pace going to the final, Odoh birdied hole 1 and hole 3, eagled hole-5 and recorded another birdie on the ninth for 4-under par 32, going to the back nine.
He, however, dropped shots on the 10th and 14th, parred the 11th, 12th and 13th. Recorded another birdie on the 16th and parred the closing hole for the coveted trophy.
Air Assault based Ubi, who shone like the stars on day-three, collapsed under the pressure mounted by the duo of Odoh and Emos Korblah. He ended his final round at 3-over par 75, a score, which placed him in joint second position with Ayuba Musa, who closed his four-day round with 2-under par 70.
Ghanaian, Emos Korblah, came fourth, while Najeem Sofela completed the top five in the keenly contested event.
Yusuf Abdullahi won the category-One amateur event, while Remi Olukoya and Tim Ayomike from the golf section of Ikoyi Club were first and second in the amateur gross category.
The winner of the Amateur category was Toriola Johnson, who returned 134 over two days playing off 13-Handicap. Other winners were Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Dare Bello, Ms. Joy Ikwue, G. A .T Oboh, Bayo Alli, Seyi Siwoku, while Engineer Moses Oladimeji won the Special 60th position prize.
Otunba Olusola Adekanola in his closing remark was very satisfied with the turnout and the competitive challenges put up by both the professional and amateur golfers during the one-week competition.
Adekanola promised to continue to support golf professionals, saying the famed Winner-Takes-All series would be added to the CMCL Tour calendar this year.