Despite her inability to claim any title since becoming the first Nigerian to feature in the Ladies European Tour (LET), Georgia Oboh is unfazed by this setback as the Edo State-born golfer is still nursing her dream of becoming the best golfer in the continent.
Still been faced with the challenge of getting sponsors to attend more tournaments, Oboh has passionately appealed to corporate bodies and well-meaning individuals to help her achieve her dream with a sponsorship package.
However, Oboh is competing in her 16th tournament this year as she lines up against top golfers at the 2019 Lavaux Ladies Championships Golf de Lavaux Puidaux Switzerland, which is a sanctioned-LET Access Series (LETAS) holding at Golf de Lavaux, Puidoux, Switzerland.
“One of my main goals as a professional golfer is to become the number one female professional golfer in the world and the first African to do so. Secondly, to complete the career Grand Slam (winning every major at least once in my career), one of the greatest accomplishments a professional golfer can ever achieve. And lastly to inspire my fellow Nigerians and Africans through golf as a sport played on the world stage by Africans,” Oboh said.
Listing some of her challenges, the teenager said: “Knowledge, as a rookie on tour I am not familiar with most of the courses we play on the Ladies European Tour while many of my fellow competitors are. Experience; this is my first full season on tour and I am playing against women who have played professionally for the past 2 – 20 years, in other words, seasoned professionals. Who are very confident and comfortable, they have experienced the highs and lows in professional golf whereas I’m just starting out. But, by the grace of God, I will become a force to be reckoned with in golf representing Nigeria with the utmost pride.”
For the Switzerland tournament, she said: “Well, I believe that I have more experience now having played in many professional tournaments the year. I always set high but attainable goals for myself, so I expect to play great golf and by the grace of God, finish in the top 5 in the next two events.
For Oboh, sponsorship remains a major setback for her. “I see my present situation as a stop along my journey with Christ. Despite the lack of sponsorship in golf and in sport generally, I trust in God to provide the things that I do not have now and set me on the right path with the right people to achieve greater things later.”