IBB Junior Golf Open Championships: Okoko on course to defend title

By Victor Okoye

Godwin Okoko of the Otukpo Golf Club on Thursday held a four-shot lead at the end of the second round of the IBB Junior Open Championship as he targets a second consecutive title at the tournament in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the
16 year old Okoko who won the tournament’s 2019 edition played a seven over course par over two days in the Boys Category One which consists of players from 16 to 18 years.

Both Okoko and John Alex also of Otukpo Golf Club had posted the same score of 75 at the end of Day one proceedings, but Okoko led him by four shots after posting a score of 76 against Alex’s 80 on day two.

NAN reports that Okoko started very well at the beginning and was level par playing hole four but ended up playing five over on the first nine and two under on the back nine to tie Alex at the end of Day one proceedings.

Alex had also struggled on the front nine on day one after playing three over par on the first four holes.

He played two over course par and finished six over on the back nine for a gross of 155 , while Okoko played one over to take the lead on the first nine and finished another three over for a total gross of 151.

They were closely followed by Michael Isife from Enugu Golf Club who occupies third spot after posting a score of 85 and 76 with a gross of 161 at the end of Day two’s proceedings.

In the girl’s category one for ages 16 to 18 years, Janet Ali of Otukpo Golf Club who led the pack after playing 17 over par on day one for 89 gross failed to hold on to top spot on the leader board at the end of Day two ‘s proceedings.

She played 14 over par for a score 86 and a total gross of 175 as Iyene. E of IBB Golf Club surppassed her with a two shot lead after posting a score of 90 and 83 respectively for a total gross of  173 over two days.

Joy Akatu of the Otukpo Golf Club is third with a total gross of 190 after posting a score of 97 and 93 over two rounds.

The three-day tournament which is in its 13th edition with no fewer than 130 players competing at the IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja teed off on Wednesday and is expected to end on Friday.


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