This year’s tiGo Tema Open would be remembered for one thing: for producing an emerging young force in golf and reenacting the rivalry between two of the country’s best professionals, Amos Koblah and Vincent Torgah.
Owusu E. K. and Jessica Tei, all in their 20s, emerged winners in the men and ladies scratch events at last Sunday’s competition at the Tema Country Golf while Koblah had to wait till the final day of their four-day professional showdown to beat young Torgah by a stroke.
Koblah grossed 281 against Torgah’s 282 to take home a cash prize GHc 1,800; Torgah had GHc 1,200 while E. Osei who placed third received GHc800.
The dominance by the young golfers, most of who started as cuddies, was phenomenal in both divisions given just a slot to the older generation in best three brackets.
Owusu E. K. grossed 146 over the two-day amateurs competition to beat Mensah R. K while the “apostle of Ghana golf”, Peter Amenyo, another young man grossed 151 to place third.
And the story was not different in the ladies category where Jessica and Grace Afriyie pushed their veteran competitor, Beatrice Vetch Bempong, to the third position in the ladies main event.
Jessica grossed 169, Grace, 171 and Bempong, 174. All winners except the professionals received products from the sponsors, tiGo.
But it was not all gloomy for the older generation as “Lady Scientific” Florence Etwi-Barimah won the ladies handicap event while Ghandoura A. was crowned tops in the men’s category.
Felix Luis Anthonio and Pamellah Yeboah won the longest drive in the men and ladies categories respectively while businessman Kwesi Amoafo Yeboah and Leticia Amponsah Mensah won the closes to the pin in the men and ladies categories.
The Managing Director of tiGo, Adil El Youseffi, promised an enhanced collaboration between his outfit and the Tema Country Club and expressed the hope that the competition will get better in the coming years.