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Golf News of Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

George Antwi and Vivian Dick continue first-time winners’ tradition at the Latex Foam 2020 Masters Golf Championship

For the third successive year, the winners of the Latex Foam Masters Championship were first-timers. The 2020 edition, played on 6th and 8th March 2021 over 36 holes, was won by George Antwi and Vivian Dick.

George Antwi returned a net score of 72 on the second day to overturn a 3-shot deficit in the first round to the eventual runner-up of the event, Thomas Annan.

George, playing off handicap 19, returned a net score of 68 in the first round to place second to Thomas Annan’s impressive return of 65 net, off handicap 07, and 77net on the final day.

In the end, George Antwi returned a total net score of 140 while Thomas Annan’s total over 36 holes was 142. Defending Champion, Paul Chen, returned the best score of 69 net on the second day but only ended up at 4th position with a total net score of 145 having returned a net score of 76 on an opening day. Hanniel Kakraba-Ampeh took the overall 3rd position with a total score of 144 net over 36 holes.

The final position in the men’s category, 5th, went to veteran and Grandmaster, Hayez Hage with a total score of 145 (beaten on countback).

The Ladies category saw Vivian Dick (handicap 16) winning on technical grounds after Defending Champion, Constance Awuni (Handicap 08), who won on countback, returned her signed scorecard without her handicap. Both Vivian and Constance returned a total net score of 149 over 36 holes.

Similarly, Juddy Gyima Bota (handicap 21) took home the second position with a total net score of 158 after former Champion, Felicity Okyei-Gyebour (handicap 11), who returned a total net score of 156, was also disqualified for failing to indicate her handicap on her signed scorecard.

In the Amateur support event for non-qualifiers of the main event, Mark Kakraba-Ampeh (handicap 17) returned an impressive net score of 69 to take the first position. Michael Boateng (handicap 05) returned a net score of 70 to beat Paul Ahun (handicap 12) to 2nd position. Paul Ahun also beat Mark Asiamah (handicap 22) on countback to take the 3rd and final position.

In the Professional support event played over 36 holes played on 6th and 7th March, Maxwell Owusu-Bonsu returned a score of 73 (+1) on each day to finish at 146 (+2) to take the first position. He was followed by Kwabena Poku who returned an impressive 70 (-2) on the first day only to crumble on the final day with a score of 80 (+8) to finish at 150 (+6). Veteran Paul Nyarko returned a total score of 155 (+11) to take the final position of 3rd in the professional support event which was opened to Kumasi golfers only.

This year’s event was played in strict compliance with covid-19 protocol and hence there was no presentation ceremony. Winners picked up their prizes at the clubhouse after the championship results were posted on the club’s official WhatsApp platform and master scoreboard.

In a message sent to the club on behalf of the Sponsor, Latex Foam, Ms Gloria Poku, the Brands Manager at the Kumasi Branch recounted the many years of continued support to the club by Latex Foam. She further indicated her appreciation for the cooperation received from the management of the club over the years, especially when it comes to the organisation of events such as the Latex Foam Masters Golf Championship.

She used the opportunity to officially confirm the renewal of sponsorship by Latex Foam till the end of 2022, proof of satisfaction of the mileage received from the sponsorship.

At a separate ceremony, a special presentation, initiated by Mr Fayez Hage, was made by the Management of Latex Foam to Prof Baiden for his sterling contribution to the management of golf, especially at the Royal Golf Club, Kumasi. The presentation was to motivate and reward him for all the unseen hard work and background planning and execution of events at the club.

The Management of the Club, through the Head of Operations, Prof Bernard Baiden, highlighted the importance of the partnership between the club and Latex Foam as clearly demonstrated by their continued sponsorship and the club’s continued recognition at all events hosted by the club. Prof Baiden appealed to golfers at the club and the general golfing fraternity to patronize the outstanding mattresses, sofa, furniture and other products made by Latex Foam.

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