Iyeneobong Essien is a fast-rising golf star who at simply 13-years of age has extra medals than she will rely.
Iyene, as she is fondly known as, is one teenager who’s in search of to place Nigeria’s identify on the map on this planet of golf.
She has competed on three continents and at the moment tops the junior participant cader in Nigeria,
Poised to win the nation’s first gold medal for golf on the 2022 Summer Youth Olympics, Iyene says the prospects are thrilling and difficult.
For Iyene, it took the shut commentary of a father to see that her expertise begins to manifest.
Mr Eyo Essien noticed how excited his daughter was after she noticed a younger white boy enjoying on the IBB International Golf and Country Club in Abuja, and determined he would consolidate on the curiosity that had been kindled.
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He organized to get her on a course, purchased her the mandatory gears and had her obtain correct coaching.
The proud father is optimistic about his daughter’s future, the advisor economist believes is little woman is simply getting began.
“She still has some room for growth and I think as I said by the age of 15 she will be ripe, you know, to take the golf world by storm,” Mr Essien instructed Reuters.
Iyene received her first medal at 5 and has added a minimum of sixteen extra to her coffers.
She has represented Nigeria 11 occasions at tournaments in Africa, Europe, and the United States.
The 13-year-old was the solely teenager amongst 177 golfers on the 2019 Nigeria Ladies Golf Open Championship the place she clinched the tenth place.