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Sandra Emina and Ohio Ugbehu triumph in 2023 Nigeria Ladies Open Golf Championship

Sandra Emina and Ohio Ugbehu showcased their golfing prowess in the recently concluded four zonal championship at the 2023 Nigeria Ladies Open held in Abuja. The duo, representing the Southern zone, clinched victory with impressive scores.

Emina and Ugbehu demonstrated their skill by amassing a total of 170 gross, achieving nett scores of 86 and 84, respectively. Their counterparts, Sandra Komakech and Blessing Obaje of the Northern Zone, also reached a total of 170 gross with similar 86 and 84 nett scores. However, despite their tie, Komakech and Obaje were edged out on count-back, securing the second position.

Helen Ayo and Nnena Ahube from the Eastern Zone claimed the third spot with a gross score of 174, tallying 87 and 87 nett scores. The team from the Western Zone, represented by Hauwa Adamu and Susan Marcus, finished at the bottom of the leaderboard with 176 gross and nett scores of 90 and 86, respectively.

In a display of remarkable skill, the Northern Zone emerged victorious in a match, scoring a total of 355. The Eastern Zone followed closely with a score of 313, securing the second position. The Western Zone and the Southern Zone finished third and fourth, respectively, with 283 and 254 points.

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The ongoing tournament, organized by the Ladies Golf Association of Nigeria (LGAN), commenced on Thursday and is set to conclude on Sunday at the TYB International Golf Resort and Country Club, Abuja.

Meanwhile, accolades poured in for the outgoing president of LGAN, Juliet Monyei-Inyere, who is set to hand over her position at the end of the championship. Various members of LGAN and golf enthusiasts spoke glowingly of Monyei-Inyere’s leadership and contributions to the association’s success.

AVM David Solomon, representing the president of the Nigeria Golf Federation (NGF), praised the outgoing president for her exceptional leadership, emphasising her role as a mobilizer and her efforts in advancing women’s participation in golf.

Expressing confidence in the incoming president, he urged LGAN members to uphold the legacy established by Monyei-Inyere and continue promoting active female involvement in golf.

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Dr. Lami Ahmed, former Lady Captain of IBB International Golf & Country Club and LGAN Zonal Vice-presidential candidate for the North, commended Monyei-Inyere for fostering unity within LGAN and projecting the association’s image beyond Nigeria’s borders.

Nnenna Ahube, Lady Captain of Bonny Island Golf Club, praised the outgoing president’s achievements, highlighting her as a pivotal force in LGAN’s progress and the success of the current tournament.

Ali Peters, Vice Captain of TYB International Golf Resort and Country Club, lauded Monyei-Inyere for her efforts in advancing LGAN and promoting women’s active engagement in golf. Peters also showcased the club’s excitement in hosting the prestigious LGAN tournament.

The TYB International Golf Resort and Country Club, recently reopened by Lt. Gen. Lagbaja, the Chief of Army Staff, proudly hosted the LGAN tournament, showcasing its renovated greens and new clubhouse to enthusiastic participants and spectators.

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