Golf: Defeat will hep me adapt to the tour – Georgia Oboh

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Nigeria’s Georgia Oboh had a poor start to her Ladies European Tour (LET) career when she failed to make the final cut at the Canberra Women’s Classic at Royal Canberra Golf Club in Australia.

Holland’s Anne Van Dam surged home on the final nine to win the competition by three strokes. It was her third LET title inside six months and her fourth overall.

The expectation of Georgia Oboh at her maiden Ladies European Tour (LET) became a learning curve for the Nigeria’s teenage golf sensation after she failed to make the final cut at the Canberra Women’s Classic.

Oboh went into the competition full of optimism, but along the line she complained she felt uncomfortable on the greens. She finished in joint 131 out of the 144 players on day one to miss out from the cut.

She blamed her poor form on her late arrival at the tournament due to long flight delays from South Africa where she competed on the Sunshine Ladies Tour.

The 18-year-old, however, admitted that this was a baptism that will propel her forward and help her adapt to life on the tour.

At a tournament which had some of the best players on the Ladies European Tour including Dame
Laura Davies and a host of other past Solheim Cup players.

Other top players from South Africa who also missed the cut included the winner of the South African Women’s Masters Leján Lewthwaite and long drive champion Phillis Meti from New Zealand.

With this disappointing outing, Oboh now turns her attention to the Women’s New South Wales Open at Queanbeyan, which is just 20 minutes from the venue of last week’s tournament at Royal Canberra Golf Club on March 7 to 10, where the Nigerian hopes to improve on her form.

To emerge winner, the Dutch lady Van Dam began the day as joint leader on 11 under and duelled with defending champion Jiyai Shin (Republic of Korea) through the back nine before picking up four shots in the final four holes with a final round of six under 65.

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