T.K. Govinus and evergreen Mona Captan stood tall among golfers when Celebrity Golf Club at Sakumono in Accra hosted this year's Ghana Open Golf Championship for the first time in the history of the competition.
The well-attended event was organised by the Ghana Golf Association (GGA) and sponsored by Stanbic Bank. It received massive participation from all the golf clubs in the country as it was opened to both amateur and professional golfers.
Govinus, playing with handicap 3, returned a gross score of 210, beating Kwame Kronzu with 8 strokes to emerge winner, while G. Sai came third scoring 222 gross in the Scratch division.
Mona Captan with handicap 7 returned a score of 241 gross beating Grace Afriyie to second with a gross score of 259 in the Ladies' category and G. Loupiac was third with a score of 263 gross. There were prizes for Men and Ladies' Handicap.
In the Professional event, Emos Korblah successfully defended the title he won last year as he returned 276 gross after four days. Victor Brave-Mensah took the second spot with a gross score of 285 and Kodjo Tee placed third with a score of 287 gross.
Nicolo Catto displaced J.W. Va-Alast to second place to win the Youth competition. He returned 147 gross after two days.
George Instiful, President of GGA explained that three golfers played under-cause-par which was a record, adding that they were grateful to Stanbic Bank for coming to their aid, and that Tema would host the annual event next year.
Mawuko Afadzinu, Stanbic Bank's Head of Corporate Affairs and Marketing, who represented his MD, said since Stanbic entered the sporting arena, this was the first time the bank had sponsored a golf event.
He emphasised that their involvement in sports would not be complete without golf.
By Kenneth Yankah