Nigeria broke the 10-year jinx that hunted it at the World Golfers Championship following Angela Uwabor’s podium finish in the individual flight category of the tournament that ended in Durban, South Africa at the weekend.
Uwabor from Ibori Golf Club, Asaba emerged as the stand out performer of the Nigerian team to the 20th edition of the world final in the Kwazulu Natal Province, after finishing in second position in the handicap flight 16-20 category behind Chew Wah Chai of Malaysia. Her total net score after 72 hole was 290.
The county’s second trophy was won by Jide Adekunle of Quest Que Cest in the handicap flight 26-30 of the Invitational event.
The Nigerian team that was sponsored to the expanded final played over 10 days on four championship golf courses in Durban by MTN and Diamond Bank posted the net score of 1228 to finish in a tied for 21st place out of the 24 nations that attended the final.
Team South Africa 2 utilized local knowledge to finish as winners ahead of Singapore and USA and Vietnam.
Though Nigeria routinely features in the annual amateur golf tournament, it had never won a trophy in any of the five flight categories at the event.
Incidentally the last trophies won by the country were in the invitational event in Hua Hin, Thailand in 2010 courtesy of Peter Eben-Spiff, Ayinde Sani and Obinna Duru.
Debutant, Uwabor was leading her flight category until she faded on the final day of the proceeding at Selbourne Golf Estate.
She was having the outright lead in the first three days of the competition following impressive scores Mount Edgecombe Country Club and Umhlali Country Club after an opening effort of 72 at Durban Country Club.