Oris Group Open Golf Championship Tees-Off With 130 Pros From African Countries


The much awaited Oris Group Open Golf Championship tees-off today, November 15th – 19th, 2023 at the Golf Section, Aba Sports Club 1926, Aba, Abia State.

The Chairman, Local Organising Committee (LOC), Chief Greg Esotu noted that the championship began with the arrival of about 130 professional golfers from other African countries namely Ghana, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Cote d’ Ivoire and all over Nigeria on Monday.

The LOC Chairman remarked that over 190 amateur golfers from across the country also registered for the weeklong championship in the Industrial City.

He said that all hands are on deck to give the best Pro-Arm in the continent. The event is also in celebration of the birthday of Owelle Greg Okafor, current President of Aba Sports Club 1926 and CEO of Oris Group.

He added that the golfers had engaged in practice and familiarity with the golf course in readiness for the N20m prize money for the professionals.

Furthermore, he revealed that yesterday was the hoisting of flags of all nationals of pro golfers participating by 5pm while the cocktail party was held by 6pm.

“The professional tour tee-off is on Wednesday, November 15th – 18th as the opening ceremonial tee-off will be done by the sponsor, Owelle Greg Okafor, Hon. President of Aba Sports Club 1926; Executive Governor of Abia State, His Excellency, Dr Alex Otti.

“On Friday, after the last group in pros, the amateur tour of ladies hcp 29 – 36, veteran ladies, super vet. ladies, super vet. men, vet. men, and some guest category tee-off their games, just as the cocktail for amateurs holds by 7pm.

“Moreover, top handicap golfers will tee-off on Saturday, November 18th, the ceremonial tee-off for amateurs by will be conducted by the sponsor, Owelle Greg Okafor, Hon President of the club; His Excellency Dr Alex Otti, Executive Governor of Abia State.

“Also expected to participate in tee-off are Chief Nduka Nwachukwu, Captain, Golf Section; Chief Greg Esotu, past president of the club, and Barr. Geoffrey Uzoagbara, Alternate Chairman.

“Similarly, the tee-off for all amateur categories 1, 2, 3, and 4, veteran men and ladies hcp 0 to 28 is scheduled for 7am as there will be cut across all categories which will serve as qualification for participating on Sunday.

“Meanwhile, the grand finale on Sunday will be strictly for only qualifiers after cut from Saturday event while the presentation of prizes to winners in different amateur categories and winners in the professional category is from 2:30am,” he concluded.