Stanbic-Otumfuo Invitational Golf Tourney tees off at the RGC, Kumasi
All is set for the 2018 edition of the Stanbic-Otumfuo Invitational Golf Tournament at the Royal Golf Course in Kumasi from Friday 20th April to Sunday 22nd April 2018. Professional and amateur golfers from all over the country have been invited to by the Royal Golf Club, Kumasi on behalf of His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II for the 3-day event sponsored by Stanbic Bank.
His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II will be at the Golf Club on Friday to officially open the tournament which is being held in his honour. His Majesty will be playing a ceremonial four-ball round of golf that is expected to include Honourable Kennedy Kankam, the MP for the area who is a seasoned golfer, Mr. Alhassan Andani, the MD of Stanbic Bank and Mr. Kwasi Attah-Antwi, the Chairman of the Club’s Management Committee. The Honourable Minister for Youth and Sports, Isaac Asiamah will be there as a Special Guest at the opening ceremony to make a presentation to the club through His Majesty Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.
This year’s event has been extended to include a Pro-Am team event on Friday to usher in the tournament. The Pro-Am will see the top ranked professionals like Vincent Torgah, Emos Koblah (defending champion), Stephen Klah, Kwame Korsah, Godwin Aryeetey team up with amateurs like Isaac Simpson (defending champion), Mary Prempeh (defending champion), Maxwell Owusu-Bonsu, Kwabena Poku (Asantehene Open Champion), Constance Awuni (Asantehene Open Champion), Felicity Okyei-Gyeabour, and Delali Agbo-Klu (current leader of GCB Competitions League) and Hanniel Kakraba-Ampeh (support defending champion). There will also be a golf clinic on the day for clients and staff of Stanbic Bank.
The main competition starts on Saturday morning and will include all categories of golfers. Over 150 golfers are expected to come from Accra, Ankobrah, Beige Village, Damang, Obuasi, Nsuta, Samereboi, Tarkwa, Takoradi, Celebrity and Tema golf clubs to participate in the invitational tournament. The amateur competition will be in a stableford format of play. The professional event will be limited to the top ranked golfers in Ghana. The day will be crowned with a cocktail in the evening to welcome all golfers and to provide more opportunities and avenues for networking and socialisation. The final day of play will be reserved for the 96 amateur and 12 professional golfers to battle for honours. Awards presentation and closing ceremony will take place immediately after the final group of golfers. The event will come to a close after lunch to enable golfers travel back to their respective destinations on time. Those who stay behind will be entertained till evening.
The sport is still perceived to be beyond the reach of the ordinary but that notion is gradually going aware especially at the Royal Golf Club, Kumasi where His Majesty has opened up the course to all who are interested in golf. The club has also come up with a number of training packages and incentives that are all aimed at easing entry into the game. Prof. Baiden was optimistic that events such as the Stanbic-Otumfuo invitational will go a long way in bringing more people to golf. Finally, he expressed the gratitude of the club for the honour of hosting such a tournament on behalf of His Majesty and thanked Stanbic Bank for the sponsorship.
Source: The Royal Golf Course, Kumasi