By: Kofi Owusu Aduonum
JK Amuzu, playing on a single handicap of 3, grossed 148 to emerge winner in the men’s gross event of the Accra Open Golf tournament, hosted by the premier club, the Achimota Golf Club on Sunday.
And for his efforts, he took home a glittering trophy and other souvenirs. He was trailed by J.K Amaglo, 151 gross, also playing on handicap 3, while K. Degbe, 153 gross, R. Mawuli,153, followed in that order.
Vintage Mona Myres-Lamptey reigned supreme in the ladies gross category, with a gross score of 164, playing on handicap 6. Felicity Gyebour followed with 167gross, with Leticia Amponsah-Mensah , 173, and Grace Afriyie of Tema, placing third and fourth respectively. They also received trophies and souvenirs for their efforts.
It was Achimota’s Emos Koblah who grabbed the pros event, with an impressive score of 276. He received GH¢2,000 as his prize while Patrick Nuku, 287 score, beat Tema’s Brave-Mensah on count back to win the second position. They took home GH¢1,300 and ¢1,000 for placing second and third respectively.
The men’s Handicap category saw L.D Keteku, 143 score, finishing first with J.K Kally and Joher trailing in that order. M Kronborg recorded 145 score to reign supreme in the lady’s Handicap event, while Achimota’s lady captain Nana Bema-Tackie, 147, and Tema’s Florence Etwi-Barimah, 150, placed second and third respectively. Pretty looking Brigette Harrington recorded 158 score to finish first in the lady’s Handicap event, with Ama Siegrest placing second with 163 score in Group B
The Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Hon. Ruben Nii Nortey Dua, who stood in for Hon. Akua Sena Dansua said that: “The golf sport has come a long way since the time of the era of exclusivity in 1744, and I am happy to note that many golf Clubs in Ghana have allowed golf enthusiasts, irrespective of their status in society to become golf Club members.”
Hon. Dua praised the Achimota golf club, Ghana’s premier club, for their efforts to encourage the youth to play golf. “As a registered Association with the National Sports Council (NSC), the Golf Association of Ghana (GAG) is in position to develop the golf sport, with support from the Ministry of Youth and Sport through the NSC,” the Minister added.
He pointed out that: “The new sports policy of the Ministry concentrates more on sports and infrastructural development, and the “catch them young” project which is being introduced in all the sports disciplines, including golf…”
The President of the club, Captain Kwadjo A. Butah (rtd.) revealed that: “I can assure the numerous competitors that they are going to be challenged severely by the new look course, and I can only hope that they also rise to the occasion.”
Captain Butah, Mr. Mike Aggrey, club captain and Nana Bema Tackie in their separate messages thanked the title sponsors of the club’s flagship competition – Taysec Construction, Doscar Travel Ltd. and Carboline and other supporting sponsors, as well as the planning committee members.