By Salifu Usman, Abuja

Ghanaian golfer and five times winner, Vincent Torgah leads the pack of contenders aspiring to win the 2017 end of the season West African Golf Tour (WAG Tour) championship which officially tees off yesterday at the IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja.

The tournament is one of the events on the 2017 schedule of the West African Golf Tour.

Torgah is familiar with the green course of the IBB International Golf and Country Club having played PGA and WAG Tour on the course, including the flagship Tour Championship last year.

Speaking to LEADERSHIP Sports ahead of the commencement of the three-day event in Abuja, the Ghanaian insisted that he did not see himself winning the championship, but hope to finish among the top 10.

“I don’t see myself to be the best this week because I have made too many travels before this event. I just arrived in Nigeria from Equatorial Guinea and it was stressful, but I am grateful to God for the smooth flight and looking forward to a good game.

“Nigerian players are good, very talented and I am looking forward to meet them on the course. I have played PGA here before and I know the kind of players they have. So, it is not new for me to play them and I am working hard to be among the best,” Torgah said.

Zambia, Senegal, Zimbabwe, Equatorial Guinea, Germany, Cameroon, Ghana and Uganda are countries competing for the coveted West African Tour Championship prize.

The Caddy event which always serves as a dress rehearsal for the competition was held on Tuesday, with the best caddy earning the honour to play along the professional players.

President, West African Golf, Emeka Okatta, while addressing the players on Tuesday ahead of the tees off, warned against indiscipline on the course, saying delay play would not be tolerated during the game.

He revealed that WAG Tour is seeking collaboration with other tour organizations for a tour-sanction competition next year to enhance the players rating.

It is not going to be about only WAG Tour next. We have written to two other tours for collaboration and one has responded that they want to play tour with us, but said Nigeria is not safe for them to play. The reason why we want tour-sanction event is for the players to start get international world ranking.  Without us having tour-sanction event, you will not get world ranking.”