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Odoh in weak start at Barclays Kenya Open

By Eno-Abasi Sunday
10 April 2015   |   6:00 am
Nigeria’s Oche Andrew Odoh will tee-off his second round at the ongoing Barclays Kenya Open in 74th place after carding +2 in his first round of the event holding at the Karen Country Club, Kenya.
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Nigeria’s Oche Andrew Odoh will tee-off his second round at the ongoing Barclays Kenya Open in 74th place after carding +2 in his first round of the event holding at the Karen Country Club, Kenya.

In the first round that Portugal’s Jose-Filipe Lima- led after carding -8 after shooting 64, Hisele Sebastian, Blanco Emilio and Porteous Haydn tied in second place finishing with -6.

Odoh’s opening effort was too feeble to earn him a decent place after the first round. He shot 74 after 18 holes to hole out with +2. The first round result placed him in joint 105 position in the tourney, which has 155 pros from more than 10 countries of the world exchanging swings.

He is the only Nigerian that is playing in the tournament, which is a European Challenge Tour event.

Only recently, Director of the Professional Golfers’ Association of Nigeria (PGAN), Festus Makelemi, had commended Odoh’s efforts on the Sunshine Tour, saying he has been courageous as a lone competitor from Nigeria.

Few weeks back, Odoh shot 73, one over par at the Irene Golf Club to miss a third successive chance to tee-off on the Sunshine Tour big ticket events -Joburg Open, Africa Open and Tshwane Open. Makelemi, however, says that the Nigerian player has been successful going by the conditions that surrounds his appearance at that event.

“Odoh may not have made the cut into the finals, which on its own was very ambitious given he is the only Nigeria there. I think his chance would have increased if there were more players there with him that is why we must salute his courage.”