Ghana’s Vincent Torgah, at the weekend, outclassed some of West Africa’s top stars to win the 2023 Lakowe Invitational Golf Classic.
Torgah shot, 74, 68, and 65, totaling nine-under par, which gave him five strokes edge at the 54-hole tournament held at the Lakowe Lakes Golf Club, Lagos.
Speaking at the end of the event, Torgah said: “I want to thank God for this victory. Lakowe Lakes is one of the most challenging courses around and returning -7 in the closing round here is not a mean feat. I think it worked out well for me today, apart from the players on course for this event driving me to be my best as well.”
He picked the N2 million winner’s cheque for the event, which also contributed to his team lifting the grand prize. Other members of his team were Jummai Abdullahi, Frances Omaruaye, and Adetunji Adebayo. They all amassed a 118 net score.
Chairman of Mixta Africa, Deji Ali, the host and major sponsor of the event, said the tournament has lived up to one of its objectives by being able to pull interest to the facility beyond Nigeria.
“The event has proven what a belief in Nigeria can achieve, as it coincides with the celebration of Nigeria’s independence anniversary.”
Other winners at the event were Francis Epe, Nigeria’s best-ranked professional golfer, whose four-under finish at the event gave his teammates, Funke Oguntonnade, Lanre Shagaya, and Kingsley Okunbor a second-place finish at the three-days competition.
American-based Samba Niang from Senegal, said he was happy to be back in Nigeria, where his professional golf experience took shape.