Dark horse Agbeyegbe emerges Nigeria’s number one amateur golfer
Agbeyegbe, who won the Governor’s Cup in his home club in Asaba, placed 14th at the recently concluded President’s Cup Golf Championship in Uruan, Akwa Ibom State, and third in last week’s ULO Open in Asaba.
Consequently, his feat is courtesy of the 2,400 points he amassed from the three matches. The total points available from the tourneys played over four days was 5,750. Hot on Agbeyegbe’s heels are A. Jimoh (1,970 points) and Abeokuta Golf Club’s M. A. Abubakar (1,500), who placed second and third respectively on the Order of Merit respectively.
With this development, the new board of the federation has lived up to its words that it would open a new vista in the annals of amateur golf by putting in place the first ever National Amateur Ranking. Full details of the rankings would be made public next week after the federation would have tidied up everything.
NGF Technical Director, Moses Anabui, in an interview with The Guardian yesterday, said that, “changes are expected to occur on the ranking system after every major open amateur championship played over 36 holes.”
He insisted that the development had further pushed forward the frontiers of amateur golf in the country because it would generate interest among this category of players, who would then make it a habit to enter for competitions in order to better their standings on the log to enable them represent the country when an opportunity crops up.
Anabui said the ranking system, which has come to stay, would create a situation where the federation would have to be represented in every recognised amateur open in order to update the players’ ranking, take a closer look at this category of players and also impress on them the need to be responsible, decent and respectable in line with the ideals of the gentleman’s game.
He further stressed that the outcome of the amateur event of the ongoing Mary Slessor Charity Golf Tournament would not tamper with the ranking since it is a charity event and would only be taken cognisance of if it is upgraded to a standard championship.