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09.06.2008 Golf

Vivien Kouame wins Otumfuo Golf

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum - Ghanaian Chronicle
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Vivien Kouame of Cote d'Ivoire emerged tops in the 51st Asantehene Gold Cup championship ladies event at the Royal Golf Course in Kumasi, at the weekend. Tema's Grace Afriyie took the second position.

In the professionals event, which had a whooping prize of GH¢2,500 at stake, Emos Koblah won the ultimate.

Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL), through Gulder, a premier brand of the company was the major sponsor for the tournament which is the biggest in the golfing calendar in Ghana. The package sum was GH¢20,000.

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II expressed confidence that next year, being his ten years on the Stool, will see a bigger competition.

Otumfuo Osei Tutu observed that golf was becoming a very popular sport amongst all groups of people, pushing away the negative impression that the sport was reserved for the elite.

He said the sport helps in keeping people healthy, adding that “I have stayed healthy since my enthronement partly because of golf”.

The captain of the Royal Golf Club, Mr. B.B. Appiah, pledged that the 2008 competition would be organised in a bigger way.

In her remarks, the Corporate Relations Director of GGBL, Mrs Pamela Djamson Tettey, said the sponsorship of the tournament was indicative of the company's continued efforts at building relationships with its internal and external stakeholders to deliver “amazing outcomes”.

She recounted the long years of support given by GGBL to sports development in the country and said golf, for instance, had enjoyed 29 years of support.

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