Nigerian golfer, Sunday Olapade has downplayed his second place finish at this year’s Eko Golf Challenge Cup in Lagos, as he says it is only the beginning of the 2019 series.
Though many Nigerian golf lovers felt quite slighted that Olapade lost on home soil to Vincent Torgah of Ghana, the runner-up said he still has his sight on winning six titles this season.
To finish second, Olapade had a flawless -3 under (69) in his third round to extend his lead over another Ghanaian Emos Koblarh at -7 under par before dropping a shot in his final round.
Torgah beat Olapade by eleven strokes with -18 under par after 72 holes of play, after the home boy failed to hold pressure during the final round and he carded a (73) +1 over par.
Olapade stated afterwards, though, that he is not worried by his shaky performance, as he insists the Eko Challenge Cup is the first event of the new season, and there is still a long way to go.
He added: “We have 16 tournaments for the season and Torgah just won one out of it.
“I’m looking forward to win at least six titles for the season and it is going to happen as I believe strongly in myself.
“Torgah is a very cool and calm golfer, very cool to play with and we have a lot of strong players in the tour.
“Now I think it is not going to be easy for everyone of us to win just like that but I need to work very hard and make it happen.
“Togarh is not a threat at all. I played well so I am comfortable with the outcome. I tried my best to catch up with him but as God would have it, what is meant to be will be.”