How Olapade held off Torgah to win Tour Championship
Sunday Olapade on Saturday held off a considerably tough field that featured the hitherto defending champion and tournament favorite, Vincent Torgah to win the Tour Championship.
Sunday with this win, has fulfilled his dream of winning the Tour Championship after finishing at 10-under par. This brings to a tally his fourth win on West Africa Golf Tour in 2018.
The “hit man” began the tournament at 71. A second round 68 vaulted him to top of the leaderboard which he graciously maintained through a third round of 68 and finally closed at 71.
“I played fantastic golf, putted very well, I was very calm at the course and hit the fairway a lot”. Sunday Olapade intimated.
Close contender, Vincent Torgah went into the final round in hopes to repeat his famous last-days wonder which has seen him clinched lots trophies in the past.
He however only managed to shoot 1-over 73 to finish the championship at 4-under, a 6-shot yawning distant from Sunday Olapade.
Nonetheless for the champion that he is and his impeccable records, the runner-up Torgah was crowned the ultimate West Africa Golf Tour Order of Merit champion for the second consecutive year.
Gift Willy, an overnight leader on day one shot 2-over on final day to close his campaign at 1-over par for the third spot.
Visitor Mapwanya posted 1-over par on day four to finish the tournament at 2-over par to settle for the fourth place while Mohammed Liman shot a 72-course par on day fourth and 4-over for the tournament for fifth place. .
Olapade and Torgah equaled in number of victories in the 2018 West Africa Golf Tour. The Nigerian delivered victories on the Port Harcourt Classic, B & E, Nigeria@58 and Tour Championship.
Vincent Torgah on the other hand won the Memorare, 1st October Championship, NDDC Pro-Am Championship and The Masters.
The Tour Championship is the grande finale of the 2018 season and the very last tournament of the West Africa Golf Tour.
The West Africa Golf Tour is from this moment christened the AFRICAN TOUR to project the growth and inclusiveness of the tournament by featuring golfers from other African countries.
According to the office of The African Tour, first season will be inaugurated with the FCT Classic tournament to be held from 20 to 23 February 2019 at IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja, Nigeria.
On the eve of the tournament, players will have the opportunity to play the Qualifying School, the last chance to secure African Tour card for the 2019 season.
Story by TheGolfer Online
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