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Nigerian champ Epe retains eTranzact golf classic title

Epe retains eTranzact golf classic title

Lagos-based golfer Francis Epe successfully defended his eTranzact golf classic title over the weekend in Abuja, now setting his sights on professional golf tours in the United States.

After shooting three under 213 (71, 71, 71) in the 54-hole event at the IBB International Golf and Country Club, Epe expressed confidence in his current form, believing it will secure him opportunities on tours outside Nigeria.

“I am very happy with my victories at home. I am making plans to advance my career by exploring some tours in the United States. Plans are already in place, and I am looking forward to it,” said Epe.

Oche Odoh finished in second place with a score of 215 (75, 69, 71), while Ibrahim Ocheje placed third with 220 (74, 71, 75) over the 54 holes.

Niyi Toluwalope, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of eTranzact praised Epe’s diligence and resilience.

“It takes sheer hard work to win a title and come back a year later to defend it. We are very proud of him and other players who have made the eTranzact Classic their performance test across West Africa. He has shown that he is diligent and resilient,” Toluwalope said.

Toluwalope also highlighted the company’s role in supporting golf talent, drawing a parallel with their support in the tech space through financial infrastructure and mentorship for startups.

This year’s event set a new record in entries for the Professional Golf Developmental (PGD) Tour, with 126 professionals and category one players participating in the three-day event.

Femi Olagbenro, PGD Tour Commissioner, remarked on the tour’s progress and its impact on the professional golf calendar in Nigeria.

“We are just in our second season, and we have been able to bring a new level of interest to professional golf in Nigeria. By creating more value for our partners, we have seen an increase in corporate support and larger prize purses, including from eTranzact,” Olagbenro stated.

He added that the total prize purse awarded to players this season is already double that of the first season.

A total of 185 players, including professionals, amateurs, and category one golfers competed in the three-day tournament which kicked off May 15 and ran through May 17th.