Boateng Wins Coca-Cola African Minigolf Tourney
Ghanaian Minigolf sensation, Kelvin Boateng, held his nerve to produce a sublime 18-hole of putting to claim the men's stroke play title of the 2018 Coca-Cola Open Africa Minigolf Championship held last weekend in Accra.
Boateng held off Guinean Abu Bakar Korouma to claim the trophy and one out of four available tickets to participate in the Major Series of Putting (MSOP) later this year in Las Vegas.
According to Boateng, winning the three-day tournament, which featured the best players from across the African continent, has made him confident of pulling off a surprise in Las Vegas.
Gladys Kpatchy of Togo completed a brace of laurels by partnering with her compatriot, Arthur Somasse, to win the Mixed Pairs event in addition to her Women's Stroke Play crown.
In the Knockout Cup last Sunday, German Alice Kobisch edged out 54 other players, including her compatriot, Christian Pannek, whom she defeated in sudden death in the final.
Alice, 53, aced the difficult hole 18 with a hole-in-one in the second playoff round.
Christian Pannek of Gemany, Karl Lokos of Austria and Mokolla Byldie of Gabon were also named the Most Valuable Players of the competition.
Special awards were also given to Maruf Ahmed (Most Consistent), Lina Fattal (Youngest Player) and Forbes Club (Most Progressive Club).
Talal Fattal, Secretary General of African Minigolf Federation, commended the players for their competitive spirit and enthusiasm.
He also lauded Ibrahim Kaba, President of Francophone associations in Ghana, for collaborating with the organisers to register more African countries for the championship.
Mr. Fattal added that Minigolf in Africa has come to stay and that the best is yet to come in the coming years.
The championship was sponsored by Coca-Cola, MTN, Telefonika and MSOP.