Georgia Oboh Gets Invite To Participate In Saudi Arabia Golf Tournament

File picture of Georgia Oboh preparing to compete at the Scottish Open

 

Nigeria’s teenage golf sensation, Georgia Oboh has continued to make progress into the elite class in international golf with the latest invite to compete at the 2020 Saudi Arabia Ladies Golf Tournament scheduled to tee-off on November 12th.

The Nigerian has been invited by the sponsors to showcase her talent with other female golfers from around the world.

This year, Oboh has featured in a total of eight events after the lockdown, setting off with the Scottish Ladies Open, then played in the Czech Ladies Open near Prague, Czech Republic, and the VP Bank Ladies Open on the Ladies European tour.

She also featured in tournaments in Switzerland and Spain and recorded some noticeable improvement in her scores from the same time last year in her scoring averages on tour and her finish positions.

Oboh who is hoping to give a good performance in Saudi Arabia is pleased with the invitation to compete with some of the world’s experienced golfers.

“I give God all the Glory and feel very honoured to have been invited to such a prestigious event which is set to host the very top of the Ladies on the Ladies European Tour and members of the LPGA too,” she said.

“I am happy with the way that my game is developing and looking forward to a great learning experience once again. The abbreviated season due to Covid-19 gave me a chance to work on my game and it has been great just to pause and see some return now, so I give God all the Glory indeed.”

She further explained that having the opportunity to play in the Inaugural Saudi Arabia Ladies International is just the best feeling this year and really looking forward to the challenge.

“I would like to take this opportunity to give God all the glory and acknowledging my family and friends who are doing all they can to make this trip possible as you already know that I have no Corporate sponsor yet but God has been so faithful through all of the challenges this year and I am sure He is the best corporate partner that I can have moving forward,” she stated.

The youth Olympian averaged scores of -1 through the tournaments and finished with two top 20s and two top 10 places and now set to make history with the other ladies from the Ladies European Tour (LET) when they tee it up in Saudi Arabia for the first time starting November 12 for two major tournaments.

The tournament in Saudi Arabia is the Aramco Saudi Ladies International presented by Public Investment Fund and has a major objective to grow the game of golf amongst ladies in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi Arabia Ladies Golf tournament is the biggest prize purse outside of the major events and the Scottish Ladies Open.

The Saudi Arabia tournament will be played at the Royal Greens and Country Club which was awarded the best golf club in Saudi Arabia 2020 by the World Golf Awards.

The first event is individual Ladies Stroke play over 72 holes with a cut after 36 holes and then the second event is the team event so it promises to be a fantastic time in Saudi Arabia for the ladies.

Oboh Finishes 6th At Amundi Ladies Challenge In Prague

Georgia Oboh

 

 

Nigeria’s sole representative at the Ladies European Tour in the Czech Republic, Georgia Oboh has finished 6th at the Amundi Ladies Challenge in the Prague City golf club on the Ladies European Tour Access Series which is the second event for the year 2020.

Oboh made the top ten with a score of 69/73/72 to finish the tournament at 1 under par at the 3-day competition.

Despite lack of adequate funding, the 19-year old is encouraged by the result and gave glory to God, friends and family that have continued to support her.

She also credited her fine performance to the recent swing changes from her coach and dad Godfrey Oboh.

She added, “I’m feeling more comfortable with the changes.”

The tournament was the second of the Ladies European Tour Access Series events post Covid-19 lockdown.

Next week, the tour now moves to Lavaux in Switzerland for another round of action.

 

Nigeria’s Teenage Golfer Georgia Oboh Makes Top 20 At Willow Valley

Georgia Oboh

 

Still relishing her Ladies Scottish Open debut, Georgia Oboh shot a 73 one over par on a wet rainy day in a one-day mini-tour event at the Willow Valley Golf club on the 2020 pro tour.

The 2020 pro tour is a competition for budding male and female professionals based in the North of England.

This is Oboh’s third event on the tour and previous scores of 77 at the event in Worsley Park, Worsley Manchester on the last week of July and 76 at the event in at Moor Allerton in Leeds.

The teenage sensation’s score of 73 ensured she achieved a top 20 finish in a tie for 18th position.

The 19-year old Nigerian is pleased with her performance.

“I can see improvements in my game especially with my drive and my greens in regulation has greatly improved. I struggled a little bit with my putting even though my stats are looking okay, I know it could have been better.

“This is no doubt a confidence boost for me just before my next event at the Czech Ladies Open next week.

“I thank God for keeping me healthy as I return to full-time golf on the Ladies European Tour after the lockdown,” she stated.

Next week, Georgia Oboh will join a world-class Ladies European Tour field as they battle it out at the Czech Ladies Open in Beroun Golf club near Prague in the Czech Republic.

Nigeria’s Oboh Receives Invite To Compete At Scottish Open

A file photo of Nigerian teenage golf sensation, Georgia Oboh.

 

Nigeria’s teenage golf sensation, Georgia Oboh, has been invited to compete at the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open taking place next month, Aug 13 – 16 at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick.

This comes as professional women’s golf returns to Scotland for the first time since Europe’s remarkable triumph in the 2019 Solheim Cup last September.

Oboh, the first Nigerian golfer to win her card on the Ladies European Tour (LET), was selected for a coveted tournament invite by the title sponsor, both for the accolades she has received in her short professional career and to provide inspiration and opportunities for the next generation of talented women to participate in events of this importance.

The invitation excites the 19-year-old Nigerian golfer.

In her reaction, the teenage golf sensation said, “I’m really grateful to receive this invitation into such an important event on the LET and LPGA Tours.

“I have been working very hard to be ready to play amongst so many of the world’s best players and I think it will give me invaluable experience as I work towards achieving my dream of being the first Nigerian to win on the professional golf circuit.”

The other beneficiary of the final two invitations is Scotland’s Gemma Dryburgh.

Dryburgh is Scotland’s highest-ranked player at No.227 on the Rolex Rankings and, with two back to back wins on the recent Rose Ladies Series, she has undoubtedly proven herself to be Britain’s most in-form player.

Clearly thrilled to be given the opportunity to compete at home, Dryburgh appreciated the sponsors for the opportunity to feature.

She said, “I would have hated not being able to play in what is one of my favourite events of the year, especially when I have been playing so well lately.

“I know that Aberdeen Standard Investments, Visit Scotland and IMG have had to work really hard to put all the health and safety protocols in place to ensure the tournament can go ahead and we are all very grateful and excited to get back to The Renaissance Club.”

The organisers are thrilled to welcome Gemma and Georgia into the Ladies Scottish Open field and Jill Maxwell, Head of Brand Activation explained the reason for the selection in a statement.

Maxwell said, “Gemma has been in hot form of late and inviting Georgia as one of the highest-ranked African golfers means that our sponsorship of the Ladies Scottish Open is an opportunity for the development of talented players and that golf, as a sport, is increasingly accessible to everyone.

“Both Gemma and Georgia are great female role models, paving the way for other girls from all backgrounds to achieve their dreams too.”

The field for the 2020 event is even stronger than last year with three of the world’s top 10 ranked players on the Rolex Women’s World Golf Rankings in the field – Japan’s Nasa Hataoka (No.4), America’s Danielle Kang (No.5), and Australia’s Minjee Lee (No.8).

There are 22 players ranked within the World’s Top 50, seven of the top 10 players currently leading the LPGA Race to CME and all of the top 20 on the final 2019 LET Order of Merit.

The other two tournament invitations were awarded last week to Japan’s Hinako Shibuno, the AIG Women’s Open’s defending Champion and Scotland’s Catriona Matthew, a two-time winner of the Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open in 2011 and 2013, and a Women’s British Open winner in 2009.

The decision to move forward with the 2020 Aberdeen Standard Investments Ladies Scottish Open was taken only once organisers and stakeholders could ensure delivery of an event with all relevant safeguarding and protocols in place.

The tournament has a robust operational plan, which has been established with medical and health and safety specialists to make sure that all appropriate measures were in place and met the high standards required by the Scottish Government, as well as adhering to all World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines.

Nigeria’s Georgia Oboh Aims To Make History At British Open

Georgia Oboh

 

Nigeria’s Georgia Oboh is aiming to become the first Nigerian to feature in the prestigious Women’s British Open when she competes with 107 golfers across the world in the final qualifying tournament for the 44th edition of the tournament on Monday July 29 at the Ashridge Golf Club, in Little Gaddesden, England.

The Edo State-born golfer has continued to put Nigeria on the global map and she is aiming for one of the places available in the qualifying tournament.

Oboh played a score of 75 (3over par) at the Pre-Qualifying tournament held at Sandy Lodge Golf Club on July 15 to secure her place in the final qualifying competition. A confident Oboh said she is unfazed by the challenges she had faced so far since turning professional earlier this year, as she is following her dream of becoming the first female Nigerian to win a major title.

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The one-day tournament will decide the players that will join the elite players that had already been listed by the organizers for the championship holding at Woburn Golf Club in Buckinghamshire, England.

The teenage sensation has been undergoing her apprenticeship with the PGA of Nigeria (PGAN) under the tutelage of Mathew Lawrence of Ikoyi Club.

Even before making it to the main event which tees off on August 1, the former World Teen Champion has become the first Nigerian to get to the final Qualifying tournament of the most established and historic major championship in women’s golf.

The venue of the British Open, Woburn Golf Club has a rich affiliation with the event and professional golf tournaments having first hosted the Women’s British Open in 1984 and ten times since then, most recently in 2016 when Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn prevailed by three strokes on the critically acclaimed Marquess’ course.

Young Nigerian Golfer Makes History, Listed For LPGA Qualifiers In Bahamas

georgia-oboh-nigerian-golferNigeria-born golf sensation, 15-year-old Georgia Oboh, has inscribed her name in the history books, as the youngest, first African female golfer ever to be invited to compete either as an amateur or professional in the Ladies Professional Golfers Association of America (LPGA) tournament.

The teenage prodigy has been listed among the golfers that will compete in the qualifying round for the 2017 LPGA first tournament of the Year – the Pure Silk Bahamas Classic.

According to the organisers of the championship, Global Golf Management, Oboh’s invitation, as one of the two amateur golfers expected to challenge for the two slots to the main event, was based on her impressive profile in the sport.

Emily Norell of Global Golf Management said: “The Tournament decides to award an exemption into the Monday qualifier to Georgia Oboh because after reviewing her biography and statistics she shows not only determination but a bright future in the game of golf.

“If Georgia keeps up her committed attitude and spirit, she definitely has the potential to earn a scholarship to play at the collegiate level. Georgia’s determination and willingness to work hard coupled with her persistent in following up and keeping the tournament updated on her scores. We always like to see young athletes who have the potential to accomplish great things”.

Oboh, who is also the 2015 U.S. Kids Golf Teen World champion and a student of golf academy in Manchester, United Kingdom (U.K.) will take part in the qualifiers on January 23, with 48 professionals and one amateur, while the main competition takes place on January 26 to 29 at the same venue.

Georgia Oboh’s qualification to the main event will help her to inscribe another record at the tournament.

Currently, Oboh is one of the most highly rated female golfers from Africa at 15 and she was the continent’s best player at the Junior Orange Bowl International Invitational in the US and also took part in the 2016 US Women’s Open qualifier in Florida, a professional tournament with 20 professional golfers in the field. In the Women’s Amateur Championship in June 2016, Oboh had scores of 78 and 72 and was placed 13 out of 105.

Georgia Oboh started playing golf at six with encouragement from her parents.

“My parents began playing golf when I was four years old; I started taking lessons when I was six. A few months later, I began competing at a local and regional level (in rain, wind or cold almost every weekend in the UK).

“Starting with the British Junior Golf tour at seven, I was given the handicap of 36. But it all really took off when I was named junior golfer of the year in 2008 by the BJGT and also that year I watched the British Ladies Open with my parents and got a ball from the then ladies number-one player Lorena Ochoa. I really got motivated that day to be the best player that I can be in the sport,” she said recently about her foray into golf.

On her dream, she said: “I would like to see myself on the LPGA Tour as an active member and to make history as the first African woman on tour and also the first Nigerian woman. Rising through the ranks, on my way to win majors and eventually hold the rank as the best female pro golfer.

“I pray that God will help me in this goal and also I hope to have great sponsors who can help. The travel and training expenses can be quite high so we are praying to get a great group of sponsors come to our aid”.