THE Stanbic Golf Invitational Tournament took place at the Royal Golf Club in Kumasi last Saturday with M. Osei-Bio and Mary Kronbong winning in the men’s and ladies events.
Osei-Bio won with the score of 40 points to sweep aside other contestants. The second position went to Y.A. Boateng who beat K.O. Agyeman to third place on count back after both tied at 37 points.
The fourth and fifth positions were won by I. Adams and Joshua Annan, with the latter beating the former on count back as they tied at 36 points.
In all, 84 golfers, made up of 74 men and 10 ladies, played in the one-day championship which was sponsored by Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited.
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, teed off for the tournament to start at about 7 a.m.
In the ladies category, Mary Kronbong, with 84 stable fold points, beat Vivian Jake on count back to emerge winner. Judith Donkor Baah placed third after she was also beaten on count back.
For the seniors’ division, 84-year-old Prof. J. Owusu-Addo won, while the prizes for the badly-played player for the day, better known as the boogie prize, went to Gloria Sotomey (ladies) and Francis Oppong (men).
The longest drive (hole 9) went to J.S Turkson for the men and Mercy Ampofo for women. Popular name, Kojo Kyei, won the prize for the closest drive to the pin.
The Managing Director of Stanbic Bank, Mr Alhassan Andani, in an address after the tournament, said the bank was highly impressed with the output of the players.
“Our association with the Royal Golf Club has so far been a success and we hope to build on it,” he said.
“We are confident that this association will grow in the coming years so that, together, we will continue to promote golf in the country,” he added.
Mr Andani stated that the tournament was in line with the bank’s social responsibility to the people of Kumasi, saying it was the desire of the bank to build on its presence in Kumasi, using Golf as one of its weapons.
He commended Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for his continued support for the bank.
The President of the Royal Gold Club, Dr Jacob Plange-Rhule, praisedStanbic Bank for its interest in the activities of the Royal Golf Club.