Nigeria’s teenage golf sensation – Georgia Oboh is on the verge of setting a new record after the 2018 Youth Olympian finished third in the Ladies European Tour (LET) Qualifying School tournament to become the first Nigerian to qualify for the final holding in Morocco on December 16 to 20.
The 17-year-old Edo State-born golfer made the final cut amidst 65 field of players from 38 countries after posting the highest score on the final day of the in the pre- qualifying school A held at PalmGolf Marrakesh Palmeraie in Morocco. Oboh has booked her place in the final stage of Lalla Aicha Tour School in Morocco
The Ladies European Tour is the premier Ladies Golf Tour covering four continents namely Africa, Asia, Oceania, Europe with events in the Middle East as well.
The Ladies European Tour Qualifying School is the gateway for female players to compete at an elite level globally. The Ladies European Tour Qualifying is usually held at the end of each season to establish which players, not otherwise exempt, will gain their playing privileges on the Tour for the following season through a qualifying competition. It’s a tough school for one of female golf’s most coveted prizes, namely Membership of The Ladies European Tour, the voice of female golf and a place among the female golfing elite. Along the way, dreams are made and hopes shattered in equal measure.
Oboh has broken the ground for a whole generation of Nigerian and African lady golfers who are enthused and enthralled to herald in a new queen in their midst by qualifying through the first stage of the Qualifying School.
Georgia Oboh’s response to this amazing result has been one of excitement mixed with the feelings of part of a dream come true. “Since I was 8, it has been my dream to play on the Ladies European Tour and that dream is starting to unfold this week,” she said.
With this development, Georgia Oboh hopes to inspire junior girl golfers on the African Continent just as Seri Pak was to the Koreans.
At 17, Georgia Oboh is the youngest African to qualify for the Ladies European Tour School and was also the youngest player in the Pre-Qualifying School A. Being 17, she had to be given special permission to play as the policy is only to admit 18 years or older to the tour and this means that she must be accompanied by a parent to every event on the LET until she turns 18.