Nigeria’s Kingsley Oparaku sparkled on Saturday night to become the third leader of the West Africa Golf Tour in three days at Smokin Hills Golf Resort, Ilara- Mokin. He holds a four-shot lead over Cameroonian Ebela Mvombo Desire after grossing -2 under par after 54 holes.
Oparaku’s gain in sublime conditions was a pay off for his risk and reward approach on day when his fellow contenders were overwhelmed by nerves.
He birdied the ninth and moved clear to 3 under par after another at the 11th that followed a crucial recovery shot from the woods. Though he bogeyed the par 316th.
Emos Korblah and Elisha Markus tied for third place at +3 over par as they struggled for rhythm.
Markus, who started yesterday at -5 under par as the leader, dropped five shots out of the lead as a result of tension, poor putting and distraction warranted by slow play by the amateur groups ahead at the tournament.
He took a triple bogey seven at the 10th and another double bogey at the 17th aside dropping shots at the 11th, 12th and 13th for a costly round eight over par 80.
Oche Odoh and Chidi Tobias are tied at +4 over par for the tournament. Tobias, who shot a 69 on day one drifted, in the last 36 holes of the contest. Swirling wind on the tee caused him to land into the creek at the 16th.