Nigeria’s only representative at the Sunshine Tour, Oche Andrew Odoh has moved up 27 places and also earned automatic tickets to two events following a minor change in the order last week.
This means that Odoh has the opportunity to feature in the “Eye of Africa PGA Championship” and “Dimension Data Pro-Am.” The current Nigerian number two player is excited at the prospects at the Sunshine Tour, which he believes “is a great way to start the year, adding that it would give him a lot of advantages as the year goes-on.
“I am the only West African player here for now and sponsorship has been tough, which is a reaction to the economic situation back home. But I will not look back. I intend taking all the chances here and I am very positive,” he added.
Odoh knows that a good outing at the two events would open doors for him to participate in the two co-sanctioned (Sunshine Tour and European Tour) events that follows, which are the Jo’burg Open and the Tshwane Open.
A place in the big-ticket event could be his break into elite rank in the world ranking where he is presently ranked 1866 due to the lull on his world ranking events since November 2016.
He knows the enormity of the challenges and believes that focused hard work would handy. “My work ethic whenever I am here (in South Africa) goes up and that is why I spend more time here.
“This season with what has come up so far, I only need to raise my work rate, and I am determined to do that. The implication is that I will feature less on the Nigerian Tour. I just hope I can motivate more home players with my performances here this year,” he adds.