Even though the idea of a private golf tour is new in Nigeria, but Emeka Okata, the Chief Executive Officer of West Africa Golf Tour has a made a success of the initiative.
Waking from what seems to be a slow start; WAGTour is gradually becoming the new bride sought after by all because of the amount of cash offered to its players.
In the outgoing year alone, WAGTour staked a whooping sum of N126m for its members while its competitor; the more established Professional Golfers Association of Nigeria’s N30m in 2018 pale in comparison to what WAGTour offered.
WagTour 2018 season teed off in February in Abuja with FCT Classic where it staked $25,000, moved to Lagos in March for the EKO Challenge where it offered $25,000 to participants in the event. The tour berthed in Port Harcourt in April for the Port Harcourt Classic worth $25,000. It also offered $25,000 for The Memore in Owerri and another $25,000 at B & E tournament in Abuja early July.
This was followed by 1st October Championship $25,000 in Lagos.
NDDC Pro-Am Championship in Uyo had a total of $50,000 as prize money. The Masters at Python Golf and Country Club in Port Harcourt was worth $75,000 in prize money.
The years closing tournament; The Tour Championship is billed to take place in Abuja from 19 – 22 December and it’s valued at $50,000.
Meanwhile, PGAN Tour played 6-tournaments in 2018. The events are Okunbo @ 60 in Benin N5m, Kadinvest Open in Kaduna N5m, David Mark @ 70 in Otukpo N5m, Radix Pension Classic in Lagos, N5m, Jigawa Governors Cup, in Dutse N5m and Plateau Governors Cup in Jos N5m.