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Iyeneobong E. Essien

  • Iyene now 16 years old, is highly driven, talented, motivated and focused young junior golf amateur prodigy and currently Nigeria’s #1 girls’ junior golfer. She is playing off handicap 3.5 with scoring average of 73.5. She started playing the game of golf at tender age of 5.

  • She is currently attending high school at The Taft School, Watertown, CT, USA and is 11th grader. Iyene is currently the #2 player and member of The Taft School Girls’ Varsity Golf team – winners of 2022 Founders League High School Golf Tournament in Connecticut, USA. She is also a member of Taft School junior varsity basketball girls’ team and the Taft Robotics team.

  • In academics, Iyene is a well-rounded STEM student and intends to study electrical engineering with specialization in artificially intelligence and robotics. She excels well at school and her favorite subjects are Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer science – Programing in Python language, French, English, History, and Robotics.

  • In golf, Iyene has represented Nigeria in many international golf completions in USA, UK and Africa. She represented Nigeria at the Africa Junior Golf competitions in Morocco 🇲🇦 and Botswana 🇧🇼 over the in 2018/2019. Nigerian Golf Federation (NGF) selected Iyene, as one of the best under 16 junior player to represent Nigeria at R&A Junior Golf Championship in Monifieth, Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 July 11-13, 2022.

  • Previously, she was selected to represent Nigeria 🇳🇬 at The Summer Youth Olympics which was scheduled to take place in Dakar Senegal 🇸🇳 in summer 2022 but is now postponed to summer 2026.

  • Iyene is looking forward to playing collegiate golf in one of the best D1 colleges and universities in the USA 🇺🇸 after her high school at The Taft School in 2024.

Bio Summary

  • Iyene Essien (she/her/hers)
  • Home: Abuja, Nigeria 🇳🇬 and Yonkers, NY USA 🇺🇸
  • Class: 11th grade from September 08, 2022
  • High School: The Taft School, Watertown , CT
  • Home Golf Course: Watertown Golf Club, CT
  • Height: 5feet 6in.
  • Weight: 99lbs
  • Began Playing Golf at
  • Age: 5
  • Started representing
  • Nigeria at Age: 11
  • Plays Golf: Right handed
  • Coach Taft school: Mrs Ginger O’Shea
  • Coach: John Dickson – The Johannesburg Golf
  • Club, Woodmead, Sandton, South Africa 🇿🇦
  • Nationality: Nigerian
    Born: May 17, 2006 in NY
  • Age: 16 years
    Gender: Female
  • Handicap: 3.5; scoring average 73.5
  • Nigeria’s #1 Junior Girls’ golfer and team captain

Future Goals

Attend and play varsity high school golf at The Taft School, Watertown, CT
* Compete in local & international golf tournaments in USA and outside USA
* Participate in collegiate summer camps to play in golf tournaments and meet college coaches in preparation for college golf recruitment drive
* Break into WAGR ( World Amateur Golf Ranking)
* Represent Nigeria in golf tournaments like The R&A Junior Golf championship and All Africa Junior Golf Competitions

* Attend a top D1 college in the US on a golf scholarship to play collegiate golf while pursuing my studies in Engineering
*Compete and participate in NCCA D1 Women golf tournaments

Participate in LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) Q-school events as an amateur
* Participate in women golf professional qualifier events like USGA women golf open









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