To be given the nickname, King of Golf in Nigeria (KOGIN) and being able to back it up with consistent top notch performances is the stuff of champions. And Andrew Oche Odoh, the number golfer in Nigeria, is a champion.
Big Siblings’ Influence
A native of Otukpa in Ogbadibo local government area, Odoh was born on 5th February 1981 in Minna, Niger State and he is a member of Nigeria’s best known professional golfing family, alongside his 3 brothers, Late Paul, Martin and Emmanuel. Paul and Martin, who were once ranked as the top two professional golfers in Nigeria, would play a pivotal role in the life of Odoh; aside from introducing him to the gentleman’s game, they also shared their vast knowledge of the sport with their younger sibling.
As Odoh was rising through the amateur ranks, his family suffered a big misfortune with the death of Paul in 2001. While his big brother’s death had a huge impact on Odoh, it also spurred him and he promised himself to be the best golf player he could be, so that Paul’s investment in him would not be in vain. I bet Paul is smiling down on him from heaven now.
Odoh was a very good amateur player, and it was no surprise when he ended the year 2003 as Nigeria’s number 1 amateur following a string of victories, the highlight being the win at the Lagos Amateur Open. His 2003 performances impressed Late Chief Uche Okpuno, who in 2004, sponsored Andrew to South Africa for a one-year professional golf training.
On his return from South Africa, Andrew turned professional, and his career has been on an upward trajectory since then. From winning his first title at the Abuja Pinnacle Open in 2005, he has gone on to win a total of 45 titles at the end of 2021, 8 of those wins were international African golf competitions held outside Nigeria.
Odoh’s sterling performances have continued to be recognised around the continent and he is now a member of the prestigious South African Sunshine Tour and Kenyan Safari Tour. In 2017, he was the only Nigerian at the 2017 Kenya Open becoming the first Nigerian since Christian Godfrey in 2005, to play a European Tour event.
Odoh, as a true son of Idoma Land, is always committed to appearing in golf tournaments in Otukpo if there is no clash with an international event. His presence in Otukpo, where he has won more than 5 tournaments, is usually an inspiration to young boys and girls who are budding golfers in Otukpo, as seeing someone who shares same heritage as they do, gives them the belief to keeping pushing.
Andrew Oche Odoh, we are so proud of you.
Best Tournament Finishes outside Nigeria as of February 2022
- 2020 Kitante Open Kampala Uganda (1st)
- 2018 Cameroon International Open (1st)
- 2015 Cameroon International Open (1st)
- 2015 3e Actuaries Equatoria Guinea (1st)
- 2014 Cameroon International Open (1st)
- 2013 3e Actuaries Equatoria Guinea (1st)
- 2008 Haslac Pebble Rock Classic Status Tour South Africa (1st)
- 2008 Zambia Open, Sunshine Tour (1st)
- 2008 World Cup of Golf Qualifiers (4th)
Best Tournament Finishes in Nigeria as of February 2022
- 2019 NNPC Championship Abuja (1st)
- 2019 PGA Nigeria @50 Champs Ibom (1st)
- 2019 Lakowe Lake Classic (1st)
- 2019 Rivers/PGAN Tour (1st)
- 2018 Kad Invest Open Kaduna (1st)
- 2017 Otukpo Open (1st)
- 2016 David Mark @ 68 Pro Am (1st)
- 2016 18th CMCL Open @ Smoking Hills (1st)
- 2016 The Inaugural Wag Tour Abuja (1st)
- 2016 Port Harcourt Classic Wag Tour (1st)
- 2016 The Nigerian Masters Wag Tour (1st)
- 2015 Dr. Ojerinde Memorial Golf Tour (1st)
- 2015 Pa Mark Memorial Golf Tour (1st)
- 2014 1st Annol Ventures Golf Tour (1st)
- 2014 Britania U Golf Championship Otukpo (1st)
- 2014 2nd Olu of Warri Open Golf Tour (1st)
- 2013 15th CMCL Open Abuja (1st)
- 2012 ULO Open Abuja (1st)
- 2012 Glo Golf Tour Shagamu (1st)
- 2011 13th CMCL Open (1st)
- 2008 Gov. Oyinlola @ 57 Pro Am (1st)
- 2008 Otukpo Pro AM (1st)
- 2008 Delrot Open Ilorin (1st)
- 2008 ULO Pro AM (1st)
- 2008 3rd Osun State Open Ada (1st)
- 2007 9th CMCL Tournament (1st)
- 2007 Micom Golf Classic Ada (1st)
- 2006 Seedvest Open Ibadan (1st)
- 2006 First Delta State Governors Cup Asaba (1st)
- 2006 CMCL Open Abuja (1stst)
- 2006 ULO Pro Am Abuja (1st)
- 2006 Otukpo Captain’s Pro AM (1st)
- 2006 Osun State 15th Anniversary Open (1st)
- 2006 Micom Golf Classic Ada (1st)
- 2005 Pinnacle Open Abuja (1st)
- 2005 Otukpo Friendship Tour (1st)
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