The President of the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) of Ghana, Mr Mark Coffie, has expressed concern over the failure of the sport to receive the necessary support.
According to him, the government has not given the PGA the necessary support unlike other sporting disciplines, forcing them to rely on companies to host programs.
“I want to appeal to the government to turn their eyes to the golfers. We have been neglected for too long and this makes it difficult to organize events. We must always depend on legal persons and a few individuals to be able to to organize a competition.
Speaking at the Road to Obotan Golf Tournament, the Cedrella Open Championship currently underway at the Safari Valley Golf Course in Adukrom in the Eastern Region, he mentioned that although not well attended, many Ghanaian golfers progress in Africa.
“Let me quote Vincent Torgah, West Africa’s number one pro, who is the pride of Ghana on the continent and in other international events.
He is always there to put Ghana on the map; yet, no support comes to him to enjoy his success and discipline as well. Golfers like him need to be taken care of, just like the government does any other sporting act,” he said.
He said the four-day event, which started yesterday, ends on Saturday where golfers will compete in the amateur, regular and senior categories in the second edition. Mr Cofie said 18 golfers reported on the first day out of more than 70 golfers expected and added that a cash prize of GH¢100,000 was placed on the championship as a purse, the winner of the team regular getting GH¢17,000; the second will go home with 10,000 GH¢ and the third 7,000.00 GH¢.
In the senior category, the winner will smile with GH¢5,000, with the first and second runners-up pocketing GH¢3,500 and GH¢2,800 respectively.
Winner of the first edition held in Samreboi in March, Vincent Torgah is expected to face other top golfers including Kojo Barnni, Lucky Ayisah, Maxwell Owusu Bondu, Francis Tor-gah, Kwame Ligbidi and young golfer Augustine Manasseh Agbenene – who leaves no stone unturned, if he really wants to defend his title.