Runsewe celebrates Oboh in the invitation to the American triumph

The President of the Nigerian Golf Federation (NGF), Otunba Olusegun Runsewe (OON), has commended Nigerian golfing sensation Georgia Oboh for her recent win at the John Shippen Women’s Invitational in Michigan, USA.

Oboh, 23, won the 2024 John Shippen Women’s Invitational and earned exemptions to play in two LPGA events, the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give and the Dow Championship.

With the win, Oboh will take on the world’s best female golfers at the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give starting June 13 after shooting 69-70-139 on the same course to claim a three-stroke victory at the SHIPPEN tournament.

Runsewe, in a statement that was made available Sporting Tribune in Abuja, described

Oboh’s victory as an inspiration to others back home and proof that hard work pays off

“Congratulations to our Georgia Obohova on your well-deserved victory at the John Shippen Women’s Invitational at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Your victory is indeed a fulcrum of great possibilities and renewed hope for Nigeria and Nigerians.

“We believe in you to keep the Nigerian flag flying high and do your best to represent our dear country as a good ambassador for golf,” Runsewe said.

Another Nigerian professional golfer, Anita Uwadia, tied for third place with American Ashley Shaw at the same tournament, marking the first time in an international women’s professional golf tournament that two Nigerians finished in the top three.

While assuring that the federation will continue to support golfers to ensure they reach their full potential as they continue to make the country proud and present themselves to the world, Runsewe also advised parents to always support and encourage their children to take up golf. at an early age.

“Give your child a golf club and you might be surprised what happens. Your child may not be the next Tiger Woods, but golf can have a big impact on their young life.

“Children can benefit mentally, physically and emotionally from sports. Sports can set them up for success as they get older. Many skills acquired on the course are transferred to real life,» said the head of the golf federation.

The Sporting Tribune reports that the John Shippen Women’s Invitational (named after John Shippen Jnr, who was the first American-born golf professional and the country’s first black golf professional) is a series of competitions created to provide playing opportunities on the LPGA Tour and PGA. Tour for top black amateur and professional golfers and men.

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