Golf News of Wednesday, 7 May 2014
The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, has challenged Ghana’s sports authorities to give serious attention to golf and factor it into the national sports calendar as a discipline that can earn laurels for the country at an international meet.
He said the prospects of the sport were high and therefore needed to be given much attention and focus.
The Asantehene was addressing golfers at the 57th MTN Asantehene Gold Cup, which an Ivorian female golf icon, Vivian Kuome, became the first to win at the tournament for three consecutive times.
Other winners of the five-day competition, which ended last Sunday at the Royal Golf Course in Kumasi, were Obuasi-based Prince Q. Amponsah, for the men’s scratch event; former Black Stars goal machine, Tony Yeboah, for men’s handicap; and Kojo Barnie of Achimota Golf Club for the professionals.
Otumfuo Osei Tutu noted that football was not the only avenue for people to exhibit their talents, saying, not all Ghanaians could be footballers, hence the need to promote all sports disciplines.
The Ashanti king said as a member of the Royal Golf Club, he would play a crucial role in transforming the sport in Kumasi, and therefore urged the city planners to provide the needed facilities to promote the sport.
He also asked the management of the Kumasi Golf Club to focus on youth programmes with key interest in those under 10 years, explaining that they were the future of the sport.
The Asantehene gave insight into the importance of the discipline, which included maintaining good health, companionship and integrity.