The maiden edition of the Centre of the World Golf Tournament, which teed-off last Saturday at the Tema Country Golf Club (TCGC) in Tema, ended on a higher note.
The very first edition attracted over 115 golfers across the country, who battled for glory in Bothell the men and women categories.
In the men’s elite division (Group A), Joseph Korblah was adjudged the best golfer with Teye Lartey picking the second spot, whilst Kwabena Boakye placed third.
In the men’s lower division (Group B), Felix Akuamoah came out tops while Appiah Korang and Ebenezer Ayanful settled for the second and third positions.
The women’s elite division (Group A), saw Etwi Barimah taking home the coveted crown as winner, with Mona Mylers Lamptey and Grace Afriyie coming in second and third respectively.
Anyanful Angela won the women’s lower division (Group B) competition, while Helena Appiah settled for the runners-up position and Diana Baiden picking the third position.
Each winner was presented with cash prize, a trophy and souvenirs from tournament sponsors such as Universal Merchant Bank (UMB).
According to organisers, the series was instituted to draw the attention of investors, golfers and stakeholders to the Ghana Centre of the World project.
In an interview with the press at the event , Kwadjo Antwi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GTDC , said that, team is the nearest hittable land to the interjectional point of Longitude and Latitude 0° in the Atlantic Ocean, thereby making Ghana the Centre of the World.
He added that his outfit has therefore instituted this project as a means to create awareness of this phenomena tourism gains.
Mr Antwi noted that, the Tema Golf course was one of the three areas the Greenwich meridian line passes through (the other two are the Tema Post and the Presbyterian Church at Community one) and therefore there were plans to upgrade the course into a modern golf course to meet Professional Golfers Association’s (PGA) standard to boost the sports tourism industry.
He disclosed that the course would have modern lawn and facilities such as a mini-theatre, a five star hotel, sports enclave among others to attract PGA competitions.
Mr. Stephen Oduro, CEO of State Insurance Company (SIC), stated that, sports tourism was one of the means for the country to market herself hence the need for SIC to be involved in it as a sponsor.
He said it was a laudable project for the Ghanaian society and urged other cooperate bodies to get on board.
The TCGC will be changed to Centre of the World Golf Club as part of agreement signed by the GTDC and mangers of the TCGC if the rehabilitation project is completed.