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13.12.2010 Golf

Okyehene Steals Show At Tafo Golf Championship

By Graphic Ghana - Daily Graphic
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The Okyehene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin II, was the focus of attention over the weekend despite failing to win the Tafo Open Golf Championship after returning a gross of 90.

His haul of 174 in the two-day event fell short of that of Francis Akafo who returned a gross of 146 to emerge the champion on the day ahead of his closest challengers, Goerge Osei (151), E.K. Owusu (152), Joe Dagloe (154) and E. Opoku (155).

Mona Myers Lamptey of the Achimota Golf Club also won in the female category. Mona, a consistent winner in the ladies event for almost a decade, carded 178 gross playing to handicap 6 to beat club mate B. Vetsch-Bempong (184 gross) and Leticia Amponsah Mensah (187 gross).

Nana Bema Tackie took the ladies handicap top prize with a 150 net score beating C. Nyantakyi (153 net) and Felicity Okyei Gyeabour (164 net) in that order.

Gabiam Elizabeth, a recently discovered junior player under the GGA Youth Development Programme, won the girls event with a 49 net score, while Djaba Emmanuel (61 net) took the junior boys category event. Vivian Dick (254 gross, ladies) and I. Bentil (237 gross) took the booby prizes.

Chief Executive of UT Bank, sponsors of the annual event, and president of the club, Prince Kofi Amoabeng, thanked the participants and their guests for joining Tafo club for the annual ritual, while particularly commending the Okyehene for his inspirational role in promoting golf.

Dr F. K. Oppong, captain of the club wished all participants and guests well and lauded Prince Amoabeng for supporting the tournament over the last eight years.

He also praised the board and management of the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana (CRIG), owners of the facility, for helping to maintain the course and its environment.

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