Mr. Hans De Beer the Chairman of the Organising Committee of Gold Fields Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Championship, has cautioned golfers on Covid-19 safety protocols as the annual Championship tees-off, at the Damang Golf Course, Western Region.
The 7th edition of the annual Gold Fields PGA Golf Championship teed off on Wednesday, November 25, and would attract qualified golfers for the four-day tourney.
Over 30 locally based golfers across the country started the competition with a promising display in their respective categories showing experience gained over the years as professionals.
Mr. De Beer in his opening speech hinted at the fact that all golfers must stay professional in their play and adhere to the Covid-19 protocols on the course.
“You are all professional Golfers and know how to play by the rules of the game. If there’s any misunderstanding or doubt you can seek clarifications or play a second ball in order not to be beaten by the course.
“As golfers, everyone must wear their mask and ensure your caddies do too.
“We have been in this pandemic for the past nine months now which i believe you know what to do as to what the W.H.O and the Local Health protocols so let’s stick to the strict Covid 19 rules here.”
The Goldfields PGA championship has Over the years seen international golfers participate but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this year’s will only have locally based golfers on the course.
Mr. De Beer indicated that Gold Fields are bent on making the championship one of the best not only in Ghana but in West Africa.
“Unfortunately the Covid 19 has taken some of the pride away this year. You can see some of the main sponsors are not here because of the COVID-19 bad impact.
“That’s is how life is going but going forward we will get the tournament where we want it to. We will extend this competition to become bigger and one of the best in West Africa,” he said.
The winner of the championship would pocket GHS40,000 whilst the winner of the senior category takes GhS9,000 for their efforts.