FINAL ROUND OF ROAD TO NIGERIAN MASTERS:
CHRISTOPHER AMBE CRUISES TO HIS SECOND WIN IN AFRICAN TOUR 2021.
Christopher Ambe raced out to the top of the leaderboard after a brilliant first round in Arsenal Golf Course, Owerri on Thursday, and he never looked back from there.
Ambe shot a four-under 68 Thursday to finish to finish 5 under for the tournament, topping J. Moses by Twenty-four strokes. He opened with a seven – under 66 on Thursday and stayed the course from there.
Five players (J.Moses, J. Ibrahim, M. Pam, U. Anoruo and B. Gbadagesi) rounded behind with poor scores.
For Ambe, this is the second win on African tour, it was an emotional day.
‘’I am very delighted to be playing in this tournament and grateful for the opportunity and look forward to coming back for more tournament’’Ambe said during his interview.
He shows his excitement and looking forward to the Ivory coast tournament in April.
With the win, Ambe earned himself a cool $ 500 payout and he also earned an extra $200 for beating the 5-under record.
He also still remains No 1 in the Professional OOM 2021. Not bad for four days’ worth of work.
It wasn’t an easy road. He played 80 in his second round and bounced back up the next day.
Indeed, he is a great Professional.
We cant wait for the next round ….. See you in May
ROAD TO NIGERIAN MASTERS LEG 3 DAY 3: Christopher Ambe back at it again!
The Road is getting tougher, with eight players racing to win Christopher Ambe the leading champion is back on his feet again.
The third day in the beautiful course of Obinze Owerri, Ambe who bounced back from his second round finished with 69 making him lead with Fourteen shots ahead.
Ambe started the day with two birdies and 2 bogeys finishing with E in the front night. He later played very well in the back nine with three birdies finishing with three under for the day.
In second place is M. Pam who finished with 80, still has a lot of work to do to catch the leader.
The rest of the chasing pack have a long way to go as they enter the last round of the Leg 3 in Arsenal Golf Club Obinze Owerri, Imo state.
We cant wait to see the final result of the tournament…..Stay Tuned.
DAY 2 ROAD TO NIGERIN MASTERS 2021:
The Second day of the Road to Nigerian Masters in the beautiful Arsenal golf course Obinze Owerri had been a very challenging day for the Eight players.
With Christopher Ambe still leading with 3 shots, his score of 80 in the second day was not encouraging. If he doesn’t sit up, he might lose to other players catching up with him.
In second place is M. Pam with 74 on the second round, he had the best score on this round, While J. Ibrahim behind him and J. Moses finished 74 on his second round.
The Game is getting tougher and hard to predict, the players need to bring their A game in Day 3.
‘The Energy is Different’ : Takeaways
from Round 1 of Leg 3 Road to Nigerian Masters
The Third leg of Road to Nigerian Masters is finally here, On Monday the 22nd 8 golf players came to Arsenal Golf Course Obinze Owerri to compete.
Christopher Ambe, the No 1 on the Professional Order of Merit 2021, finished the day top of the leaderboard. The Champion was nearly perfect, putting together with only one bogey round of 66 to finish the day at 6 under par.
Ambe, who already won the last leg this season, maneuvered his way through much tougher conditions in the afternoon, reeling off with five birdies and one eagle as pat of his 66.
Other Golfers like J. Moses who finished with 74 in the first round, M.Pam finished 75 while U. Anoruo finished 77.
Can Christopher Ambe keep up with his wonderful score in Round 2, STAY TUNED!
ROAD TO NIGERIAN MASTERS 2021 LEG 2:
Christopher Ambe Earn 6- Shot Win over Uchenna Unoruo
Christopher Ambe won the 2021 Road to Nigerian Masters leg 2 on Thursday, there is no doubt Christopher is primed to have more wins in African Tour this year.
For the first time in three seasons on the African Golf Tour, Christopher Ambe finally won the Road to Nigerian Masters 2021 leg 2 by defending Uchenna Anoruo to claim a six- stroke win.
Having led the tournament from the first round with 73, 69, 73, the Minna based professional golfer shot 72 on his final round to seal the victory. In second place is Anuoruo a promising newbie pro on the Tour sitting six-strokes away.
It’s a climax of a remarkable journey and path for the youngster, who this week suddenly and triumphantly realized the fruits of years’ worth of labor after sneaking into the field at the 11th hour, to winning an event as well as reaching the Number 1 spot on the Pro African Tour 2021 Order of Merit.
In his Interview after the game, Christopher Ambe talks about how he took a chance to enter the tournament, he believed in himself and in his game and was confident when he registered. He also mentioned he has been intensively working on his game, his plan in the nearest future is to play on the world Tour, European Tour and the US PGA Tour.
The next Leg of the Road to Nigerian Masters comes up next week, we await to see what the youngers have for us.
ROAD TO NIGERIAN MASTERS 2021: DAY 3
Christopher Ambe shoots 3rd- Round 73 thereby leading with 5 shots in the Road to Nigerian Masters
Christopher Ambe’s exciting week at the 2021 road to Nigerian Masters continued Wednesday as he continued leading with 1 under par 215 in the third round at Arsenal Golf Course, Owerri, Imo state.
Ambe entered the third round well off after shooting a 73 in the first round and 69 in the second round. Upon entering the course, Ambe was leading by six shots, with Uche Anoruo behind.
The Minna Pro started his round with a bogey on the 4th hole, before making a birdie on the 9th hole finishing the first nine with even par, 35. He opened his back nine run with a bogey and birdie on the 11th/12th hole and two more bogey on the 14th and 18th hole for a round score of 73.
Speaking after his rounds Ambe was happy with his performance and hoped to replicate the same in the final round.
Ambe now sits Six strokes ahead of Uchenna Anoruo who had a shot if 73 with the leader, making him his gross score to 5 under par, 221.
The stage is set for a pulsating finish to the second leg of the 2021 Race to Nigerian Masters, with up to two players with a realistic chance of claiming the title in Arsenal Golf Course.
The rest of the players behind struggling to keep Up and have little chance as the final round gets closer.
Round four action will tee off at 8:30 AM.
FINAL ROUND OF ROAD TO NIGERIAN MASTERS(AMATEURS)
George Inalegwu wins Leg 13 Amateur Race to Nigerian Masters for the first time.
George Inalegwu closed with 2 over 74 and won the Race to Nigerian Masters Leg 13, making it his first time of taking lead in the tour
George shot Par 72 on his first round, went behind on his second round with 3 over par, coming back up on his third round with 1 under to win the tournament with 4 shots ahead of the others.
In his Interview George explained how he is excited to be the winner of the African golf tour amateur category, he said ''last week I missed the cut by two but I decided to practice more so I could step up my game. The tour really helped to motivate us through the birdie meter count, this also had effect in helping me boost my confidence at the game so I can make some winnings. I intend to play well in the next tournament so I can maintain being a winner always''.
U. Anoruo and D. Ali tie in second place with 8 over par. Ali made a remarkable game this week. The first round for him was badly played. he started coming up from the second round with 2 over, while his third and final round he finished with 2 under. He played 1 eagle, 3 birdies and 3 bogey in his final round. In his interview he said ''I'm so happy to be among the few player who went under par today!! because the course is tough. Golf is usually not about the physical strength, but ones ability to compose and manage your mental strength in the course of play, which is all about been positive. I was actually able to do a bit of that today that is why I was able to shoot 70 today''
What a wonderful game this round as been. This is the first time three players are making cut in 2021 Race to Nigerian Masters.
We hope to see better scores in the next round coming soon. Stay Tuned!!
Christopher Ambe Eyes 7th Title as he extends lead in Road To Nigerian Masters
BY Ilori wonderful Published for 9jagolf.com.ng 6/17/2021 02:27:00 AM
Christopher Ambe chased a Tuesday 6-under 66 with a Saturday 71 1-under Par, entering final round of the 2021 Road to Nigeria Masters Leg-8 holding a whooping 11 strokes lead.
The Minna based professional, who entered the tournament off a win at the 7th leg of the series, moved to 3-under after 54holes following a round highlighted by four bogeys and five straight birdies which helped him extend his leading margin.
Christopher Ambe's golfing career, is one that is characterized by hard work in all ramifications. so when it’s going his way, as it is now! He just needs to enjoy it.
Remaining in second place heading into the final round of the tournament is Jimoh Ibrahim who faltered in the third round after posting a 4-over 76, with a cumulative score of 8-over par 224.
With a 74 of his own, Amateur player John Alex was alone in third place after the third round on 14 over par, one ahead of Warri based Samuel Otubor who posted a 78 also and a cumulative score of 15 over par heading into the final round.
"Though today wasn't that smooth for me out there but I managed to remain calm and told myself whatever the outcome may be I'd take it like that" Alex told 9jagolf.com.ng in a chat.
Christopher now eyes an 8th title on the African tour this season and seams to be unstoppable..........
Christopher Francis goes low on day2, Seconded by John Alex on a tough day @the Arsenal Golf Course
Day 2 at Arsenal Golf Course did not disappoint, as the menacing layout defended itself nicely, once again, against the tour players with only two of them been able to go below par on day two. Christopher Ambes’ 6-under 66 was the best round by 5 shot, but there was on one other player who went below par on day 2 also.
The opening-round scoring average was 78 .375 surely inflated by a handful of mid-80s rounds from club pros in the field.......but hey, note this, tour pros weren’t immune to the big numbers, too..
Arsenal golf course, offering an armada of birdies and a lone bogey in Tuesdays second round of the 8th leg, Road to Nigeria Masters Series. Christopher Ambe was able to sail away from all others and took a staggering 6-shot lead with a stunning 6-under-par 66, a score that was 9.5 strokes better than his first round score of 76.
A day day earlier in the first round, he had plenty of other players ahead of him..where two amongst the players, shot pair's of 71 to sit atop of the leader board.
But under an overcast skies and on a slightly softer course and less crusty greens, a fleet of players came charging and before noon talk of a runaway had been silenced. Ambe quickly hit the ground running birdied four of his first nine holes before stumbling on his single blemish at the eleveth. he regained some distance between himself and the field with three late birdies on the back nine.
Meanwhile Bolu Gbadegesin and Jimoh Ibrahim who were overnight leaders after shooting scores of 1-under par 71's. In the both players dropped off the top spot, after cardin scores of 83 and 77 respectively, with Jimoh remaining in second spot and 7 strokes of the lead, at 4-over part after 36 holes.
By virtue of a 71 on Tuesday, John Alex of a graduate of David Mark golf Academy pulled a little closer, 12 shots off the lead at 10-over par.
Speaking with 9jagolf.com.ng
"Well I'm so happy to be among the few players who went under par today!! Cause the course was playing tough".
"Since the national sports festival which was held in benin I have been struggling with every aspect of my game".
"Golf is usually not about the physical strength, but ones ability to compose and manage your mental strength in the course of play.. which is all about being positive. I was actually able to do a bit of that today that is why I was able to shoot a71 today"
Leading with a cumulative score of 2-under par 142 after 36 holes Christopher Ambe now takes full charge heading into the moving Day @ the Arsenal golf course. And set for a 7th victory this season.
Final round of Road To Nigerian Masters (Amateurs) Leg 28
J. Alex Eyes 3rd tittle as he extends lead with 8 shots ahead in the road to the nigerian masters leg 28 final round;
At the Arsenal golf course owerri, the weather, is lovely, a bit hazy, but not enough to stop 5 players from competing for the prize money.
On the par 72 golf course in Owerri J. Alex shot three over par, a rather average start for the player; Having shot 74 after the first round, he played a 1-over (73) but was able to maintain his lead with a 3-over (75) and make the cut into the final round of Day 4. Albeit this gray patch, the long hitter was able to play 2 under (70) and clinch victory, thereby winning the prize money of N100,000 and Birdie count of N6,500.
In second place in the final was U. Anoruo, who started with great promise in the first round but faltered after playing 3 over course pars in his second, third and final round consecutively with 78, 75 and 76 in his final round. He fell to second place on the leaderboard as he finished with a cumulative score of +12 after 72 holes (300).
In third place is D. Ali, who played 2-over (74) after the first round, but went a little behind after he shot 4-over (76) in the second round. On Thursday, he played 3-over (75) , going into the final round of day 4. He rounded up with 5 over (77) and a cumulative score of +14 after 72 holes (302).
In a brief interview with the winner, J. Alex, he expresses his gratitude first to God and to the president of the African tour golf foundation, for creating such a wonderful opportunity for young golfers to fine tune their skills while playing competitively with other excellent golfers. In his interview he remarked on his excitement in making the cut by playing 2-under. With big dreams to lead in the tour's order of merit, he's gearing up to win the next tournament.
The Masters tournament is going to be SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST as these young golfers will not only compete for prize money but also to win first place in the tour order of merit.
First round of the Masters (Amateurs) tournament
Survival of the fittest: D. Ali raced out to the top of the leaderboard after a brilliant first round at the Arsenal golf course
In the attractive city of Owerri, 6 amateur golfers swing at the luscious pastures of the famous and eclectic Arsenal golf course. This number is set to rise soon as the younger generation catches up in the game.
D. Ali, the no 5 on the amateur order of merit 2021, finished the day, top of the leaderboard. The Benue Amateur player started his round with a par, then a birdie which followed on the 3rd hole before making bogeys on the 4th,5th and 6th hole and finishing the first 9 with birdies. He opened his back 9 with a birdie and bogey on 10th/11th hole; three more birdies on 12th, 14th and 18th hole for a round score of 1 under (71).
Speaking after his round in a chat, D. Ali expressed great excitement with his performance and hopes to replicate the same in the 2nd, 3rd and final rounds.
Tied in second place of the first round is J. Moses and U. Anoruo, who holds the first and second place in the tours order of merit respectively, these two entered the first round with confidence after shooting a 1 over (73), still good enough to ascend to the top of leaderboard if they give it their best shot in subsequent rounds.
The tournament gets tougher as the remaining players are unsure of victory but are willing to fight till the end.
The buzz on everyone's mind is if D. Ali would stay top of the leaderboard, we're In the middle of the race stay tuned to find out!
Second round of the Masters (Amateurs) tournament
Survival of the Fittest: Winning Streak as D. Ali maintains lead in day 2 of the masters tournament
It's Day Two of the Masters tournament at the 18-hole Arsennal Golf Course Owerri, Six golfers battle it out in the dry harmattan weather to survive what seems to be a very competitive tournament.
Benue player D. Ali hit the ground running on day 1 but keeping the lead has seemed to be a challenge on Day two as he played 1 over par, barely distancing himself from his closest contender by two points but still maintaining his lead at the top of the leaderboard.
“I struggled a bit with my strategy causing me to miss a few chances but I'm happy to still be top of the leaderboard even though by hares breath. I look forward to giving it my best shot’’ said Ali as he reassuringly talked about maintaining a strategy that works.
With a total of 2-over par, U. Anuoro is the closest contender on the leaderboard, tailing D. Ali with a total of 146 to his 144 after both players finished the day on level par of 1 over each. It was a rather tidy round creating much suspense around both players into day three.
It's been a rather tough time for J.Alex the recent winner of the masters (Amateur) tournament in Owerri as he struggles to break out of 4th place on the leaderboard, he carded a 7 over par along with his contender J.Moses who firmly retains 3rd place in the second day. With 4points differentiating the two players, day three promises to be tougher and more eventful in defining who would emerge the Winner.
It was however a disastrous day for B. Gbadagesi who picked up an eight after over pitching the green, he fell one place in the leaderboard to place 6th on 8 over par 80 to drop from fifth place to sixth place on the leader board. On the other hand, A. Okeoma shot 6 over par 78 to step up to fifth place and with a good chance of stringing to the top in the next round.
Day three is riddled with tension and suspense, will J. Alex redeem himself and break into top 3? Find out all this and more in our next live update.
Third round of the Masters (Amateurs) tournament
Survival of the Fittest: U. Anoruo overtakes D.Ali on Day 3 of the masters tournament.
The city of Owerri definitely just got hotter as the 6 players in the Masters tournament definitely turned up the heat to prove they are worthy of earning the title and the prize money.
It's been a tough day for D. Ali as he staggers down the leaderboard into second place after playing 6 over par 78.
"Though today wasn't that great for me I tried to remain calm and told myself whatever the outcome I would give it my best" Ali told theafricantour interviewer in a chat.
Moving up to number one on the leader board with a 1 stroke lead ahead of his closest contender is U. Anuoro. The hitter played a 3 over par 75 to move up to number 1, he Eyes the prize money and aims to win the tournament as he extends lead in Owerri.
Another magnificent Victory for J.Alex as he breaks in top three as he displaced J.moses on the leaderboard by playing a 3 over par 75. With three strokes lead ahead of J. Moses, J. Alex is optimistic of an even tremendous outting in the final round.
With an 8 stroke leading margin B. Gbadagesi whoops A. Okeoma back into 6th place on the leaderboard as he successfully with a 6 over and a total of 238. With the total displacement of the players in the leaderboard there's much anticipation as towards the finals tomorrow
In the survival of the fittest anything can happen, no one is spared! Stay tuned to find out who becomes the champion of the tounament.