First round of the Masters (Amateurs) tournament
Survival of the fittest: D. Ali raced out to the top of the leaderboard after a brilliant first round at the Arsenal golf course
In the attractive city of Owerri, 6 amateur golfers swing at the luscious pastures of the famous and eclectic Arsenal golf course. This number is set to rise soon as the younger generation catches up in the game.
D. Ali, the no 5 on the amateur order of merit 2021, finished the day, top of the leaderboard. The Benue Amateur player started his round with a par, then a birdie which followed on the 3rd hole before making bogeys on the 4th,5th and 6th hole and finishing the first 9 with birdies. He opened his back 9 with a birdie and bogey on 10th/11th hole; three more birdies on 12th, 14th and 18th hole for a round score of 1 under (71).
Speaking after his round in a chat, D. Ali expressed great excitement with his performance and hopes to replicate the same in the 2nd, 3rd and final rounds.
Tied in second place of the first round is J. Moses and U. Anoruo, who holds the first and second place in the tours order of merit respectively, these two entered the first round with confidence after shooting a 1 over (73), still good enough to ascend to the top of leaderboard if they give it their best shot in subsequent rounds.
The tournament gets tougher as the remaining players are unsure of victory but are willing to fight till the end.
The buzz on everyone's mind is if D. Ali would stay top of the leaderboard, we're In the middle of the race stay tuned to find out!