GEC Open first leg ends in thrilling fashion
The first leg of the GEC Open Golf tournament in Ghana has ended in a thrilling fashion at the Celebrity Golf Club in Sakumono. The competition ended in a tie after two amazing golfers carded 35 Stableford points apiece.
The rules governing the GEC Open implied that the two finalists needed to compete in a play-off to determine the ultimate winner.
Jimmie Thorne and Beatrice Vetsch-Bempong later faced off in a one-hole decider for a winner.
When it mattered most, Jimmie scaled a 1-over par on the deciding hole to secure his ticket to Dubai for the grand finale. Vetsch shot two-over par.
But guess what, Vetsch gets to go to Dubai as well, because the organizers felt the evergreen Vetsch had come too far only to come this far.
Vetsch closed off with medley of pars, some bogeys and two birdies.
Meanwhile, the vibrant and high-spirited Jimmie locked up a defining spot after sealing the play-off encounter.
Jimmie confided that, his play earlier in the game wasn’t in the best shape, however his caddy continued to urge him to stay focus and to just keep going. An advice that turned out exceedingly helpful.
Other winners on the day were Vasti Amoafo-Yeboah for third place finish and Catherine Fabbi for forth place. They both returned 34 Stableford points but were separated on countback.
Catherine also won the prize for closest to the pin.
Alan Mugisha from Uganda won the Men Longest Drive while Leticia Amponsa-Mensah won the Ladies Longest Drive.
The organizers, Rave Marketing Consult delivered a seamless, exciting and competitive tournament at the Celebrity Golf Club and are poised to deliver similar golfing experience at the Kumasi Royal Golf Club for the second leg on September 8.
The 2018 GEC Open Ghana Golf Tournament is sponsored by BOND Savings and Loans Ltd and supported by streak of generous companies.