Nigerian Open

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Nigerian Open
Tournament information
Location Nigeria Nigeria
Established 1969
Tour(s) Challenge Tour (1991–93)
Format Stroke play
Tournament record score
Aggregate 255 Peter Tupling (1981)
To par -29 (as above)

The Nigerian Open is (or was) a golf tournament in Nigeria. Founded in 1969, it was a Challenge Tour event between 1990 and 1993, having previously been part of what was known as the Safari Tour.

The Safari Tour can be traced back to the sixties, when British professionals escaped the northern European winter and taught at clubs throughout Africa. Many of the professionals also took their assistants with them to gain extra experience, and as the numbers involved in these tours increased, so events in the host countries evolved. The driving force behind the African events was Dai Rees, who would liaise with local sponsors and organisers on behalf of the professionals. By 1975, the size of the Safari Tour had become too much to administer, and so the European Tournament Players' Division (now known as European Tour) took over the representation of the professionals. As the European Tour began to expand its schedule globally, in 1991 the five Safari Tour events became part of the developmental Challenge Tour.

In 1981, England's Peter Tupling set the record low 72 hole score in professional tournament golf, when he won the title with a 29 under par total of 255.[1] Notable past champions include major winners Vijay Singh and Sandy Lyle and former Ryder Cup player Gordon J. Brand.

Winners[edit]

This list of winners is incomplete.
Year Venue Winner Score
1999 Sweden Johan Skold 278
1998 Argentina José Cantero
1997 Argentina Roberto Gonzalez
1995 Nigeria Lateef Lasisi
1994 Ghana Amos Korblah 275
1993 Ikoyi Club 1938 Scotland Gordon Manson 274
1992 No tournament due to rescheduling
1991
(1992)
Ikoyi Club 1938 Sierra Leone James Lebbie 270
1990
(1991)
Ikoyi Club 1938 England Wayne Stephens
1989 Fiji Vijay Singh
1988 Fiji Vijay Singh
1987
1986 England Gordon J. Brand
1985 Ikoyi Club 1938 Scotland Bill Longmuir 277
1984 Scotland Ewen Murray
1983 England Gordon J. Brand
1982 England David Jagger
1981 England Peter Tupling 255
1980 Scotland Bill Longmuir
1979 England John Morgan
1978 Scotland Sandy Lyle
1977 England David Jagger
1976 Scotland Bill Longmuir
1975 England David Jagger
1974 Australia Jack Newton 275
1973 England Tommy Horton 267
1972
1971 Ikoyi Club 1938 United States Lee Elder 267
1970 England John Cook
1969 Scotland Marshall Douglas

Year in brackets indicates Challenge Tour season.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hopkins, John (March 19, 2003). "Matharu hints at bright future on day in sun". London: The Times. Retrieved 2008-11-26.