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Odoh retains Cameroun Open title


Fresh from Cameroun Open triumph, Andrew Oche Odoh eyes CMCL Championship.

Fresh from Cameroun Open triumph, Andrew Oche Odoh eyes CMCL Championship.

Former Professional Golfers of Nigeria (PGAN) Order of Merit leader, Oche Andrew Odoh, who has been one of the shining lights in the Nigerian Tour, has retained the Cameroun International Open Golf Championship title, which he also won last year.

Odoh, one of the country’s main attractions at the annual event won in 2010 by the late Ali Abdullahi and in 2011 by Gboyega Oyebanji, beat the loaded field of some of West Africa’s heavyweights to take home the 10,000 euros prize money.

The Cameroun victory will now place Odoh in good stead for the CMCL Open scheduled for the Smokin Hills, Ilara Mokin, Ondo State next week.

Ten Nigerian tour players took part in the contest, which also featured Ghana’s Emos Korblah, who holds dual tour cards from Nigeria and his home country. Some Nigerian players that featured in the tourney are Gift Willy, Michael Ubi, Morgan Atako, Elisha Marcus and Okoro Chukwudi.

The CMCL tourney, which is moving from the IBB International Golf Club to Ilara Mokin, Ondo State, is in its 17th edition and will have the best players on the Nigerian PGA Tour in attendance.

The IBB Country Club resident professional believes that his game is moving on the right path heading into the busy PGAN calendar.

In an interview recently, Odoh said, “All aspects of my game are improving right now and I’m really excited about that. I have done quite some work to get back there; so I can say that hard work and dedication have returned me to shape.
“Ball striking, chipping and putting, for me, are experiencing a lot of good times, though my putting is not great yet. But I’m determined to improve on it because I want to end this season on a high note.”
Although the Smokin Hills is expected to offer a different challenge than the one he faced in Cameroun, Odoh believes that, “If I can get everything right over the tournament, I think all will be well.”

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