This year’s edition will see a little tweaked due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
As only 32 Ghanian based Golfers are expected to participate. 58 golfers took part in qualifiers in four centres on five different golf courses across the Country.
The following formed the composition of the number 32. Achimota had 11, Tema & Celebrity qualified 9 golfers.
Kumasi and Obuasi qualified 5 whilst 5 made it from the Western Region. Two senior PGA also qualified from the UK totaling to 32.
Five senior executives from Gold Fields, will be Specially invited as guests and eight female golfers will also participate in the amateur competition to support the tournament.
Winner of the regulars will bagged GHS40,000 whilst GHS9,000 will be given to the winner of the seniors category, with a total purse of GHS167.000.00 set aside to put together this year’s Championship.
The Championship which tees off November 25, will see twenty-four (24) regular golfers playing 72 holes for four days whilst eight seniors will battle is out in three days playing 52 holes.
Mr Alfred Baku, Executive Vice president for Gold Fields and head of West Africa, commended the Organising Committee headed by Mr Hans De Beer, Mr Roger Adamah, as Vice and Akwasi Prempeh, as Tournament Director of PGA of Ghana for a successful qualifiers between September 14 and 24.
About 14 professional golfers from Togo, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Gabon, Nigeria and Cote D’Ivoire took part in the tourney last year as Nigerian based golfer Christopher Francis won it for the first time in the history of the Championship since the inception of Competition in 2014 but, that will not be the case this year as COVID-19 would not allow foreign players to take part.
Mr.Alfred Baku, EVP, indicated that all golfers, caddies, sponsors, Media personnel and every stakeholder will observed the COVID-19 protocols to ensure safety.
Both operational points for Gold Fields in Tarkwa and Damang have COVID-19 Isolation centres so in case of any unfortunate positive text will be sent there for treatment.
‘Despite this year’s Championship limited to Ghanian golfers only we are maintaining cash prize as last year so we are looking forward to a keen competition from our professional golfers Mr Alfred Baku added.
Gold Fields is committed to sports development and production in the country, so we have started youth golf development through schools in our catchment areas.
Businessman Sam Jona and Asantehene Nana Osei Tutu II will be the special guests of honour at this year’s Championship.