From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja

Ace golfer, Francis Epe, has successfully defended his trophy as the winner of the second edition of eTranzact Golf Classic held at the IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja.

Epe, the defending champion of the first edition, emerged overall winnner of the coveted trophy with the best score, smiling to the bank with a whopping sum of N3 million price money.

He scored 71, one under par, consecutively on the three days of the event finishing with 213 in total with two shots better than Andrew Odoh, and Ibrahim Ocheje that trailed him behind as first and second runbers-up with 220 score.

The tournament champion, who went home with N3 million cheque, was thankful to have defended the title, revealing that he would travel to the United States for a tour in September.

“I am thankful to God that I was able to defend the title. It was tough playing against top players but I had to relax, focus and trust my ability.

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“I am thankful to eTranzact and the Professional Golf Developmental (PGD) Tour for opportunities to play. We rarely have tournaments and it isn’t good for our development.

“Hopefully, I will feature in more events before the end of the year. I hope to travel to the U.S for tours in September. I hope I can get a sponsor early enough to achieve that,” Epe added.

Reacting to the success of the event, the Managing Director/CEO of eTranzact, Niyi Toluwalope, congratulated all participants, adding that the event surpassed the expectations of the organisers.

“The future of ETranzact is very bright. I think with the quantity and quality of performance in this edition is a significant increase from what we saw in the first edition. We are happy that the investments we made to partner with and support this venture has paid off.

“We are looking forward to next one where we will provide additional resources and ensure the quality remains consistent and get quality feedback like we have received so far,” he said.

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