9th Gold Fields PGA Championship to tee off Nov 30

The ninth edition of the Gold Fields Professional Golf­ers Association (PGA) champion­ship is set to tee off from Wednesday, November 30 to Saturday, December 3 at the Da­mang Golf Club, organisers have announced.

This year’s event would mark the return to the championship of eight foreign based players; a feature intended to give the championship an international appeal but was scrapped following the break out of the COVID-19 pandemic.

They will be joined by 24 Gha­naian professionals to compete for a mouthwatering cash prize of GH¢50,000.

At a press conference to announce the event, Mr. Joshua Mortoti, Exec­utive Vice President of Gold Fields

 West Africa commended the PGA for its commitment towards the success of the events.

He disclosed that an amount of GH¢336,500 has been set aside as prize money, marking a sharp increase from the previ­ous edition’s GH¢172,000.

Mr. Mark Coffie, President of the PGA also explained at the press conference on Friday that the 24 Ghanaians

emerged the best from four mini tournament played within the year as qualifiers for the main champi­onship.

He said the foreign based play­ers would be expected from Nige­ria, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Zimbabwe, Senegal, and Gabon.

The event, he said, would also cre­ate a platform for 16 senior golfers to be involved in the championship.

Mr Coffie added that the regular pros would play for four days but would be cut to 24 after the first two days; the same with senior pros who would also play for three days but reduced to eight after the second day.

Mr Hans De-Beer, Chairman of the Organising Committee, stated the course’s readiness to host the biggest golf championship in the country.

“The Damang course is currently in a very good shape and ready for the tournament. Golfers will enjoy a very good atmosphere conducive for the sport.

He said the hosting of the Ghana Open about a fortnight ago earned many plaudits from the players and they have since worked to improve the surface.


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