In the world today, Tiger Woods holds the record for the most dominant male pro-golfer in existence, with a total of 683 weeks on the World No.1 spot.
In Nigeria, one man has been able to replicate Tiger’s sheer world dominance in the game nationally.
Oche Andrew Odoh, began his professional golfing career in 2006, one year after he failed the PGA of Nigeria Qualifying School held in Ibadan in 2005.
The rejection would form the grounds for the Nigerian’s rise to national dominance in the years that followed.
Before Oche’s rise to fame as a pro-golfer, the name Odoh was already an established name in Nigeria’s golfing space.
Runs in the family
Oche’s elder brother, Paul Odoh, was astoundingly gifted in the sport of golfing, and his successes paved the way for Oche and his brothers.
Until his death in 2001, Odoh, was the face of Nigeria in the sport in his brief professional career, which took off from the IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja.
The late golfer dominated both local and international events and was in his time the only player that got a wild card to turn professional by the Professional Golfers’ Association of Nigeria.
His sad death spurred his three brothers, Martin, Emmanuel and Oche, to become professional golfers.
Of the three, Oche, is the most successful in golf today.
According to the Official World Golf Week 6 Ranking, Oche is currently ranked 1,942 with 0.22 points, and has played a total of 40 events (Divisor).
In 2017, Oche was the only Nigerian invited to the 2017 Kenya Open at the Muthiaga Golf Club in Nairobi. And In 2018, he won the first edition, KADINVEST Pinnacle Communications Pro-Am Golf Tournament, and was awarded a cash price of N952,000.
His elder brother, Martins Odoh, finished in second place.
The 38-year-old Nigerian golf king is invested in making himself better and increasing Nigeria’s reputation on the world’s scoreboard.
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