Depression has become a global menace and survivors have different narrative on how they survived the death trap but Celebrity Golfer , Maryanne Udoka explained how Golf saved her from Depression and her passion for the sport .
The professional banker, who is also a golfer, started playing the sport in October 2017 , her devotion to the game has won her many laurels, which includes a recipient of best net and best female drive award at the Udom Emmanuel Victory tournament in 2018
At the 50TH Anniversary of the Professional Golfer’s Association of Nigeria (PGAN) Held at the Ibom Hotel and Golf resort , she won the best female title in her category amongst several other laurels within Nigeria and United Kingdom
In an exclusive interview, the mother of one opened up on her passion for the game and how it saved her from depression.
“ When I lost my Husband in 2011 , I became depressed , abandoned and blackmailed by friends , I hear a lot of silly stories around that are not true , I lock up myself , sometimes I feel like committing suicide until came across Golf .
She further explained that since she started playing the sport, her life has not been the same and she has forgotten about depression “
Maryanne , whose role model is Tiger Woods explained the reason why she choose the American as her role model.
“It is because he has a story just like mine. At the time he went down in his career, his friends left him while he was in a rehabilitation center, many never believed him again, to the surprise of everybody around the globe, and he made a great comeback and started wining again. He never relented when he fell”
Furthermore, the Golfer, who hail from Akwa Ibom said, she wants to use Golf as a Social weapon to take women out of depression especially those from her region .
“ There are a lot of depressed women from my state , women that have fallen out of love due to marriage issues and even singles who are having relationship difficulties I have always encourage women to join me to play the game for free and I will give me free golf equipment so that they can escape depression “