Sagamu Cup Golf Tournament – the 6th tournament of the season on the African Tour (Golf) calendar tees off today (July 31) until August 3, at the Elephant Cement Golf Course, Sagamu, Ogun State, Completesports.com reports.
The African Tour’s campaign train is returning to South West Nigeria for the first time since 2016 for
the four-day golf extravaganza in the city of Ogun State.
Nigeria’s Francis Epe (pictured above), winner of the South-East Shootout hopes to be at the top of his game all through the week and see how it turns out.
The fact that the field will be featuring the best players in the region and that the event has not been staged at Sagamu in years, makes the task of predicting the winner of this event even more difficult this time.
The Serengeti Sagamu Course, which has been extensively renovated since Sagamu Cup was added to The African tour Calendar back in 2018, poses a series of tricky challenges for the players.
From small stretches of tick rough, to menacing bunkers and fast greens, the course offers little respite over its 18 holes.
Vincent Torgah, a Ghanaian and South East Shootout winner, Francis Epe are the two pre tournament favorites to win at Sagamu this weekend. But the Sagamu Cup is typically a difficult tournament to predict.
Though not Torgah’s first experience on the Sagamu Golf Course, but not under the umbrella of the African Tour. The Ghanian said this will be the second time he will be playing at the Blue Elephant Cement Golf Course, Sagamu, Ogun State.
“It’s a very challenging Golf Course, to be realistic, but I will try to play my best game and leave the rest to God,” Torgah said.
“Notwithstanding, my fans should expect an intriguing performance from me at this event, because I believe all the other guys will bring their best game to the venue this time around.”
If Torgah and Epe are favorites to lift the Sagamu Cup, Sunday Olapade is one of the big question marks ahead of the tournament.
Despite coming close twice this season, the 29-year-old Nigerian has failed to add any African Tour tittle to his shelf since winning the “Tour Championship” in December 2018.
The 4-time winner on the African tour, however, has sought to minimize concerns over his form, suggesting he is simply trying to manage his body due to stress associated with busy travel schedules.
“You know I haven’t won any African Tour tittle this season, but I promise to be in contention and show my best at the Sagamu Cup.
“I’ve also put in a lot of hard work to prepare myself for this event and its not my first time playing on the course, so if I can stay calm and concentrate, I strongly believe I can win the title by the grace of God,” Olapade said.
By Sab Osuji