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22.02.2007 General News

Prez Kufuor To Tee Off Ghana @ 50 Golf

President John Agyekum Kufuor is expected to undertake a ceremonial tee off at the start of an inaugural two-day annual “President's Cup” golf championship at the Achimota Golf Course on Saturday, March 3.

The high-profile competition which ends on March 4, forms part of activities marking Ghana's 50th Independence anniversary celebration.

It is being organised by the Achimota Golf Club in collaboration with the Ghana Golfers Association under the auspices of the Ghana at 50 Secretariat.

The President of the Achimota Golf Club, Mr Mike Ezan, said some 120 crack golfers across the sub-region are expected to throng the course for the big game.

Seventy of the slots have been reserved for the “visitors,” mainly from Togo, Benin Republic and Nigeria.

President Kufuor is also scheduled to present prizes to the winners at a dinner to be held at the end of the event at the Golden Tulip Hotel, in Accra in the presence of the various high commissioners and companies who have supported golf over the years.

Meanwhile, 13 junior golfers in the country have been selected by the Ghana Golfers Association (GGA) after a preliminary qualifier for this year's African Junior Championship in Zimbabwe.

They are expected to converge in Kumasi this Saturday for the final showdown after which the number will be pruned down to four for the competition.

A statement signed by Mr John Wartenberg, Honorary Secretary of the GGA, issued in Accra yesterday, said the final eliminator dubbed the “Junior Classic” is being sponsored by Desimoni, a private civil engineering company in Ghana.

The golfers are favourite Nicolo Catto, Julien Francois and Eduardo Castagna all of the Achimota Golf Club.

The rest are Atila Vicent, Amenyor Kennedy, Antwi Kena, Christian Imbi and Nana Yeboah of Tafo, Josiah Midley, Bright Arkoh, Cecil Essien, Evans Nkansah and Raymond Aidoo.

The statement said all players will play handicap 12 and below.

The Kumasi event will be played under the Royal and Ancient (R and A) rules and an official of the R and A, Mr Arthur Morris, will be present.

Story by Daniel Kenu

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