Golf: Vincent Torgah wins 2019 Nigeria Masters for 3rd record straight win

PictureVincent Torgah

Walking off the 18th green as the Nigeria Masters Champion, Vincent Torgah kept on looking fixedly at all the greats on the most sort after trophy on the African Tour.
On the Masters trophy, his name is etched twice right above Andrew Odoh who won the maiden edition of the Nigeria Masters. In the record book, he is the first player to win the title three times and that he did three years in a row. Alhaji Indimi representatives, Dr. Shehu Sule and Ambassador Sam handed over the trophy and the white jacket to Torgah at the prize giving ceremony.
Over four days at the IBB International Golf Course, he had no equal. But he had to work a little harder than he wanted for this one. Staked to a four-shot lead going into the final round, Vincent turned back every challenge. He made two key birdies around the turn, and delivered a majestic drive at just the right moment to close with a four-under 68 and complete his wire-to-wire victory.
Torgah , who finished at 9-under 279, with a nine stroke victory wasn’t the only big winner Saturday.
Starting off on the 10th tee in the penultimate group in the final round was four times winner on the Tour Sunday Olapade & Zimbabwean Visitor Mapwanya who won the 2019 B&E tournament last month, both players were tied on the second spot on the leaderboard with three hole’s to go. But a bogey on the 7th saw Olapade drop to solo third on the leaderboard after the round with both players grossing Level par and two-over par respectively.
Patrick Paul who was second heading into the deciding day, dropped to fourth place after carding a disappointing final round six-over 78  to close the shop at 5-over par. The same was the fate of Kano State professional Kabiru Haruna who also dropped from third to joint 6th after carding a final round six-over par 78. As the curtains fall on the 2019 Nigeria Masters.

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