Fierce competition for honours in the 58th Asantehene Open Golf Championship, now christened the MTN Asantehene Gold Cup begins today at the Royal Golf Club in Kumasi.
However, the official tee off by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has been scheduled for Saturday at 7am.
Expected to end on Sunday with an awards ceremony, the four-day annual championship, according to the headline sponsors, MTN Ghana,will attract a number of the sport’s big names.
Notable scratch players expected to feature include past Asantehene open winners like Eben Asabere, Edmund Agyekum and Kofi Kyei all from the host club, Kwabena Poku and Maxwell Owusu Bonsu.
Former Black Stars striker, Anthony Yeboah will join the likes of Franklin Gyasi, Samuel Frimpong, president and captain of the Royal Golf Club, Frankie Osei Asibey, Dr BK Baiden, Lawyer Akwasi Poku of Celebrity, Frank Adu, the Achimota captain, and many other captains to vie for honours in the handicap category.
According to the organisers, this year’s edition will see the separation of Scratch (up to HCP 6) and handicap (7-14) playing 36 holes over Saturday and Sunday.
Support (15-24) will play tomorrow. A rare opportunity has been given to players with higher handicap that are desirous to play in a better category to play in a qualifier today and tomorrow to take part in the respective categories the next day.
The support category will feature EK Bonsu and Paul Ahun from Kumasi, Justice Emile Short and Alfred Benson from Celebrity and Emmanuel Quarcoo from Achimota. Notable ladies in the field include defending Ghana Open Champion, Felicity Okyei- Gyeabour, Mary Prempeh, Etwi-Barima, Cynthia Nyantakyi and many more.
The professionals will also for the first time play from today to Sunday with the field being cut after 36 holes tomorrow.
By Times Sports Reporter