Emmanuel Amponsah of the Obuasi Golf Club and Kumasi Golf Club’s F. Okyei-Gyeab emerged winners in the men and ladies category of the 79th Ghana Open Golf Championship held in Kumasi.
Both winners took away a coveted trophy and a dinner voucher for two, courtesy Golden Tulip Hotel in Kumasi.
In the professional category, Mr. Amos Kobla of the Achimota Golf Club came tops followed by Edet Omoh from Nigeria while Achimota’s Tony Gbenoyor settled for third.
For the Juniors, Dorothy Amoakowaah came first in the girls division while Jeandre Els also emerged first in the boys category with a score of 101. He was followed by Emmanuel Brokman with a score of 105.
Nigeria’s Adokole Blessing won the Ladies group ‘B’ handicap. Palmer Gizela won the Ladies Scratch with a score of 95, Nelly Hage followed with 98 points and R. Nagaye came third with 104 points.
In group ‘A’ handicap, Cynthia Nyantakyi (151) and C. Agyeiwaah (156) took the first and second positions respectively. In their scratch, Rhaila Khahil (182), Grace Afriyie (179), Jessica Tei (177) and F. Okyei-Gyeabour (170) took the 4th to 1st positions respectively.
In the men group ‘B’, Dr. Felix Frimpong took the second position with 153 points with Fayez Hage securing the first position with a net score of 153.
In their scratch, Wajih Sabah took the third position with 183 points, followed by Alfred Baku with 178 points. The winner for this category was a former player of the Black Stars, Tony Yeboah with a score of 173.
In the Group A handicap for men, K. K. Mensah took the first slot with a score of 212 and was followed by Abel Owiochi with a net score of 219, while Daniel Ntim also took the third spot with a score of 219.
Michael Boateng, E. Agyekum, Gaji John, Yaro Dogbe and Vincent Coffie took the first to fifth position in the men Group ‘A’.
The colourful closing ceremony held at the venue was graced by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu, who presented trophies to deserving winners.
Meanwhile, the GGA has drawn a two-year preparation programme to give the next host cities an ample time to prepare a grand open championship.
With this, the Celebrity Golf Club in Sakumono, a suburb of Tema, will host next year’s event while the Achimota Golf Club hosts the 2013 edition.