Vodafone Asantehene Open Golf Championship tees-off Wednesday

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II in full flight

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II in full flight

The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II will join hundreds of golfers from Wednesday, May 24 when this year’s annual Asantehene Open Golf Championship kicks off with a colourful opening ceremony at the Royal Golf Club in Kumasi.

This year’s edition has been tagged the 60th Asantehene Open Golf Championship and will enjoy sponsorship from Vodafone Ghana with the King of Ashanti expected to oversee the opening and closing ceremonies.

The four-day 72-hole event is expected to attract top amateur and professional golfers across the country and beyond.

Addressing the media over preparations made for the competition, Prof. Bernard Baiden (Operations) last week, said, the Asantehene, in whose honour the competition is being played, will be joined by officials of Vodafone and Management of the Club to perform the flag hoisting ceremony to usher in the competition.

Later, Otumfuo, Chairman of the Management Committee, Kwasi Attah-Antwi and CEO of Vodafone, Yolanda Cuba, will perform the ceremonial tee-off.

Prof. Baiden said right after the opening ceremony, an invitational Pro-Am event that brings 72 selected amateurs and professionals together over 18 holes will start.

He said the Professional and Scratch players (Men) will start the championship on Thursday and play for the next four days.

On Friday, the Support (men and women) players will take their turn and this will be crowned with a cocktail at the Royal Golf Club that evening.

Prof. Baiden indicated that the peak of the competition will be on Saturday when the Handicap (Men & Ladies) and Scratch (Ladies) players join the Professional and Scratch (men) players.

The day, he said, will be crowned with a special dinner dance hosted by His Majesty for golfers and sponsors at Manhyia Palace with attendance strictly by invitation and compliance with dress code.

The final day of the championship will be on Sunday followed later in the afternoon by the presentation of prizes, closing ceremony and lowering of flag.

Ahead of the tournament, Senior Executive Team of Vodafone Ghana, led by CEO, Yolanda Cuba, called on the Asantehene, at the Manhyia Palace in Kumasi to officially inform the King about the company’s headline sponsorship of the upcoming 60th Asantehene Open Golf Championship.

Vodafone also presented a cheque for GH¢ 200,000 to the Royal Golf Club.

By Times Sports Reporter

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