Nigerian female golfer Georgia Oboh is on the brink of making history as the first Nigerian to qualify for the Ladies European Tour (LET) Qualifying School tournament in Morocco come December 16 to 20 afterfinishing third in the tournament.
As a teenage golf sensation, the 17-year-old Edo State-born Youth Olympian booked her place in the final stage of the LallaAicha Tour School in Morocco, among 65 fields of players drawn from 38 countries after scoring the highest point on the final day of the pre-qualifying school held at PalmGolf Marrakesh Palmeraie in Morocco.
With this feat Oboh, who is the youngest African to qualify for the Ladies European Tour School and also the youngest player in the Pre-Qualifying School, has broken the ground for a whole generation of both Nigerian and African lady golfers who are inspired to welcome in a new queen in their midst by qualifying through the first stage of the Qualifying School.
The Ladies European Tour Qualifying School provides the opportunity for young female players to test their wits with counterparts at an elite global level.
The Ladies European Tour Qualifying tournament is normally held at the end of each season to determine which players, will gain their playing privileges on the Tour for the subsequent season through a qualifying competition. It is a sturdy school for one of female golf’s most desirable prizes, called Membership of The Ladies European Tour, the voice of female golf and a place among the female golfing elite.
The Qualifying School is held over two stages, the pre-qualifying and final qualifying. The Pre-Qualifying stage is held at different venues in Morocco and Cambodia expressing the tours global interest and steady with the current membership from more than 38 countries. Contestants enter the Qualifying School every year, all aspiring for a Ladies European Tour card, which is awarded to the top 25 competitors after the final stage. A player is expected to score162 holes enduring severe pressure to realize their goals.
It is common knowledge that playing golf particularly in Nigeria is quite expensive and young people who are interested in the game are hardly encouraged to pursue their dreams of playing professionally, especially females. However, this has failed to deter Oboh who appears determined to make a global mark in the elite game and who is in the right position to give hope to particularly junior girl golfers in the African Continent.