Ladies hold the two top spots on the merit table ahead of this weekend’s last leg (the merged penultimate and final rounds) of Nigeria’s inaugural Johnnie Walker Blue Label Golf Challenge Lagos, at premier golf course, Lakowe Golf Estate, 6 September 2014.
Frontrunner, Maureen Reece will join fellow female golfer, Roxanne Dolhain(currently in second place) and their male counterpart, Lee Pape (in the third) to compete against West Africa’s foremost amateur golfers for the first-ever JWBL Golf Challenge Blazer and an invitation to attend the esteemed Ryder Cup tournament at the Gleneagles Resort in Perthshire, Scotland, as the personal guest of Johnnie Walker in September.
“It is a great honour to provide such talented male and female golfers with a platform on which to compete with one another, and so contribute to all-important efforts to promote equality in sports both locally and around the world,” says Mr Joe Nazzal, Head of Reserve Nigeria.
Successful businessperson and fashion designer with a 16 handicap, Nigerian native Maureen Reece has racked up 86 Stapleford points on the Merit Table thus far, and will bring decades of experience to the course, having begun her golfing career at Ikoyi Club 1938 over 20 years ago.
Five shots behind Reece and, with a handicap of 24, Dutch-born, ten-year golfing veteran and business owner, Roxanne Dolhain is sure to have a competitive edge owing to her familiarity with the green for the event, Lakowe Golf Estate.
Equalling Dolhain’s 81 points, Lee Pape will start the final leg ranking third on the Merit Table. The Briton, who now resides in Nigeria and works for an international oil and gas company, has the most experience under his belt since he first took up the sport 30 years ago in Aberdeen, Scotland.
With Nigeria now part of an exclusive club, in associating with the Ryder Cup, the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Golf Challenge Lagos at the magnificent Lakowe Golf Estate promises an iconic sporting event that is set to become a classic in years to come, introducing its players to the world as Africa’s finest sportsmen and -women.