Mary routs Ladies field to win 2nd Head of State Invitational
Mary Prempeh routed a strong Ladies field to win the second edition of the prestigious Head of State Invitational Golf tournament at the Royal Golf Club in Kumasi.
She returned a Stableford score of 38. Her victory brings down her handicap from 12 to 11.
Mary was presented with a sleek trophy by H.E President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo during the Awards Dinner at the Manyhia Palace.
The event had in attendance His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, who earlier in the day were captured riding in Otumfuo’s striking Rolls Royce en route the golf course; a gesture that has widely been applauded by the Ghanaian people as historic and unifying following years of perceived rifts between the Asante and the Akyem kingdoms.
During the game, Mary Prempeh recovered from a double-bogey scare on hole no. 3 to birdie the hole 4 after delivering some smooth shots. Her fairly consistency on the fairway kept her in contention as she recorded streams of pars on most of the ensuing holes amidst another birdie on hole 14.
Throwing more lights on the competition, Mary recounted that “My game was in pretty good shape, I had some good shots as well.” adding, “I also picked my clubs well to get me where I wanted to go and took the chances when it mattered most on a course that I am very familiar with.” She observed.
The Royal Golf Course is largely touted for its finely manicured greens and fairways, Mary therefore praised the current management of the Club for their insights and even went on to make the bold claim that the Royal Golf Course is the best in Ghana.
Meanwhile, Constance Awuni, third-time winner of the Asantehene Open returned a Stableford score of 36 to finish in second place. Constance recorded medley of pars, some bogeys and two birdies but were not enough to mount a serious challenge in the leaderboard.
Leticia Amponsah-Mensah was three shots off the lead on a score of 35 to settle for third place. Felicity Okyei-Gyeabour returned same score of 35 but was separated on countback for the fourth-place spot.
In a related development, the Ghana Golf Association at the Awards Dinner conferred on the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, an ‘Honorary Member of the Association’.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Mike Aggrey, President of the association, said the honour was in recognition of the government’s commitment to diversify sports development in the country using golf.