Sunday Olapade defeated defending champion Visitor Mapwanya in a six holes playoff to win B & E tournament, his second West Africa Golf Tour victory this season. Olapade started the day three shots off the lead but after a birdie-bogey start, he added gains in holes 3, 5, 16 and 18 to record his lowest round of the tournament 68 to force a playoff with Mapwanya who had extended his lead with an eagle on hole 2 followed by a birdie on hole 3 to go to eight-under in the first nine holes. However, Mapwanya’s lead diminished with bogeys on 10, 13 and 15. Vincent Torgah finished third place after shooting a final round of one-under to get to three-under after 72 holes.
The Ghanaian entered the final round two shots behind the leader after scoring the lowest round of the tournament 67 but could not keep the momentum of day 3. Speaking to Weekly Golf Digest after the closing ceremony on Sunday night, Olapade expressed excitements over his victory, adding that “Visitor Mapwanya is the number one in his country and Vincent Torga is also number one in Ghana, so it’s not easy beating them.”
The Nigerian number one said hard work, dedication and the grace of God propelled him to victory. President of West Africa Golf Tour Emeka Okatta, the organiser of the tournament expressed satisfaction with the level of competition at the tournament, adding that the players have been improving with every tournament.
He assured that the management was working hard to improve the tour.
The next tournament of the West Africa Golf Tour, NIGERIA@58, will take place from 28th September to 1st October 2018 at Port Harcourt Golf Club in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.