The seventh (7th) edition of Ghana’s biggest golf tournament, Gold Fields/PGA Golf Championship, will tee off on between 25 and 28 November, 2020.
30 golfers from various golf clubs in the country are expected to take part in the championship which will be hosted in Damang in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality in the Western Region.
Earlier, the golfers competed in a qualifier between September 14 and 24 to earn them slots in the championship.
At a press briefing to anounce the date for the tournament and its modalities, Executive Vice President and Head of Gold fields West Africa, Alfred Baku, said the championship will not be held with the usual funfair due to the COVID-19 pandemic, while emphsizing that players and other stakeholders who will take part of the tournament will be tested for the deadly virus ahead of time.
Assuring participants of their safety during the competition, Mr Baku said Gold Fields Ghana has COVID-19 isolation centres at both operations site in Tarkwa and Damang which can handle any positive case that will be recorded.
“We also have our medical staff who will attend to these individuals,” Mr Baku noted.
The winning cash prize for the championship is pegged at GHS 40,000 for the regulars and GHS 9,000 for the seniors, same as last year’s tournament while the total cash prize to be awarded is GHS 167,000.
Last year, about 14 professional golfers from Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Togo, Zimbabwe, Senegal and Gabon competed in the tournament. But Mr Baku hastened that unfortunately, Christopher Francis, the 2019 champion from Nigeria will not be able to defend his title because this year’s event is open to Ghanaian golfers only
Mr Baku extended gratitude to the sponsors of the championship: Engineers and Planners, ATS, BCM, Genser Energy, Vega Industries, Total Petroleum, Wilhelm Construction, Boison Construction, Seedco Engineering, Wayo Engineering, Carmeus and B5 plus.
He commended the media for their partnership and urged them to “help take the game to the next level” by sharing some airtime of other sporting activities with golf.