Historic tee off as Asantehene and Okyehene met
The Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and the Okyehene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin participated in what will forever remain the historic tee off at second edition of the Head of State Invitational Golf tournament at the magnificent Royal Golf Club in Kumasi on Saturday June 16.
The intriguing gesture brought the garden city virtually to a standstill. The reason is largely because of the supposed rift that exists between the Asante and the Akyem kingdoms.
To further demonstrate the alacrity of the historic event, the two traditional leaders rode in Otumfuo’s radiant limousine to the golf course where they exchanged hugs and teed off afterwards to thunderous ovation.
The two eminent leaders continued to play about three holes in the one-day golf tournament which is meant to bring together a dynamic and mix of business leaders and entrepreneurs to reflect diversity and global inclusiveness.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, in a message delivered on his behalf bewailed the neglect of the less known sports like golf in Ghana and the overly concentration on football.
“This has to change. And that is why government, this year is continuing the process of passing the legislative Instruments of the National Youth and Sports Act, pursuing the enactment of the draft National Sports College Bill, and creating a Sports Fund to improve sports development in the country.”
According to the organizers, the next edition will be hosted by Damang in the Western region to ensure regional balance.
The second Annual Head of State Invitational is collaborative efforts of the Ghana Golf Association, Northwest Solutions, the Ministry of Youth and Sports and the Ghana 60 and Beyond Secretariat.
The event is sponsored by SIC Life, UMB, GNPC, KEK Insurance Brokers, Sentuo Steel and many others.