Francis Akafo and Mona Myers Lamptey, both of the Achimota Golf Club, won the 15th Tafo Open at the two-day annual open which ended at the Tafo Golf Course on Saturday.
Akafo returned 146 gross over two-days to beat four other crack performers – George Osei 151 gross, E.K Owusu 152 gross, Joe Daglo 154 gross and E. Opoku 155 gross, in a hotly contested scratch play.
Mona, a consistent winner of the ladies event for almost a decade, carded 178 gross, playing to handicap 6 to beat club mate B. Vetsch–Bempong 184 gross and Leticia Amponsah Mensah 187 gross.
Atila Vincent bagged 134 net to take the men’s handicap event, also played over two days, beating Joshua Armah, 142 net, Mike Aggrey, 143 net, D.L Keteku 148 net and David Arkutu, 149 net, respectively.
Nana Bema Tackie took the ladies handicap top prize with a 150 net score, beating C. Nyantakyi 153 net and Felicity Okyei Gyeabour 164 net in that order.
Gabiam Elizabeth, a recently discovered junior player, under the GGA Youth Development Programme won the girls event with a 49 net score, whilst Djaba Emmanuel 61 net took the junior boys category event. Vivian Dick 254 gross (ladies) and I. Bentil 237 gross took the booby prizes.
Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II, Okyehene and the Royal guest, not only took the ceremonial tee-off but played the full 18 holes on the opening day compiling 48/49 gross.
The Okyehene who is now a full member of the club and play to a handicap of 24 recorded a fine 90 gross on the second day to bring his two-day gross haul to 174.
More than 100 golfers from Kumasi, Obuasi, Takoradi, Achimota, Tema and Celebrity participated in the UT Bank sponsored annual event, which coincided with the 26th Farmers Day. Chief Executive of UT Bank and President of the Club, Prince Kofi Amoabeng, thanked participants and their guests for joining the Tafo Club for this annual ritual.
He particularly commended the Okyehene for his inspirational role in promoting golf as a sport and a potential tourist attraction.
Dr. F.K Oppong, Captain of the club, in an address, wished all participants and guests a happy welcome and a keen and successful competition, saying “your usual response has been a great source to our progress as a club”.
He lauded the President of the Club, Prince Kofi Amoabeng, who has for more than eight consecutive years, significantly supported the club financially or otherwise.
Dr. Oppong also praised Board and Management of Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), owners of the facility for helping to maintain the course and its environment.