Sunday Olapade has won the Francis Olo Pro-Am Championship on the first playoff hole at the Otukpo Golf Club in Benue State on Sunday March 1st.
He had tied Ghana’s Emos Korblah after 72 holes of play with 288, level par to force the game, into playoff, which he won to claim his first PGA Tour win since turning professional in 2011.
“I thank God for this victory” he said, adding that it would not have been possible if he did not get the measure of support he has enjoyed.
“When you have people who believe in you, it gives you a lot of courage” he added
He had led the field of 97 players that teed-off the first round with a 68, four under par, and by the end of the third round Chukwudi Okoro, who was equally seeking a maiden win, rose to the top of the leader board.
Olapade’s last day carding, 73, one over, was just enough to keep him afloat after Korblah who was playing from a group behind shot ahead with 70, two under par to force the game to playoff.
“I think this is the moment he has been waiting for. This win I believe is a defining moment for his career. He has come close severally and the morale booster he gets from here may launch him into the winning circle further” says Liadi Jaiyeola who is a senior professional at Olapade’s home club, MicCom Golf Club.
Third day leader, Okoro’s five over par in the closing round left him in the third place just one shot off the leaders and beating Gift Willy and Ebela Desire who placed joint fourth with two stokes adrift.
The PGA also announced that the Pa Mark Memorial Tournament earlier scheduled for next week has been put on hold. A new date will be communicated which will perhaps be in April 2015.