Story: Kwame Asare Boadu, Kumasi
DEFENDING champion, Osei Kwadwo of the Kumasi Golf Club, would seek to defend his championship when about 250 golfers from Ghana and other parts of West Africa converge in Kumasi from today for the Otumfuo Open Golf tournament.
The tournament, considered the biggest in the golfing calendar of the country, has Gulder, a premium brand of Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited, as the major sponsors. The professional event, which tees off at the beautiful course of the Royal Golf Club in Kumasi today will be played 72 holes over two days.
It is attracting 38 participants, four of them from Liberia, and one each from Togo and Cote d’Ivoire, with the remaining coming from Ghana. Strong among the professionals are Paul Nyarko of Kumasi, Amos Koblah from Achimota, Kojo Barnie from Kumasi, Victor Brave Mensah of Tema and Rodriguez from Damang.
For the amateur event, to be played 36 holes over two days beginning Saturday, Osei Kwadwo will receive stiff competition from Awudu Houller of Kumasi, George Osei from Takoradi and George Sai of Achimota.
The Ladies event, which includes four participants from Cote d’Ivoire, will feature strongly Florence Etwi-Barima of Tema, Grace Afriyie of Tema, Felicity Gyeabour of Kumasi and Victoria Agyei of Achimota.
The Captain of Royal Gold Club, Mr B.B. Appiah, told the Daily Graphic yesterday that the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, will officially open the tournament tomorrow.
He said it was the first time in the history of golf in the country that GH¢8,000 had been put up for the professional event.
“This shows the importance of the Otumfuo Open”, he said.
He promised an event full of action and commended the sponsors for supporting the event.