The fourth edition of the Gold Fields Ghana Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Ghana golf championship at the Damang Golf Course in the Western Region, has been scheduled to take off from November 29-December 3, 2017.
At a media briefing and ceremony to officially launch this year’s championship, President for Gold Fields West Africa, Alfred Baku, said the prize package has been increased by 40 percent.
The prize money has been increased by 40 percent. In terms of the pro we’ve increased it by 25 percent.’’
The senior championship has for the first time being introduced, he added.
The prize package for the senior championship is GHc15,000. He also announced that there would be cadis tournament.
The cadis tournament he indicated would have the best 2 from clubs nationwide and they will compete and the best 5 will take home something.
‘’They are not going to be given money like our professionals…We are going to give them full golf sets,’’ he added.
He said the company was proud to be the headline sponsor of the annual championship.
He said the sponsorship started four years ago on a small scale but has received major boost as other sponsors have come on board to sponsor the championship.
The course he also stated would be more challenging than previous years.
Alfred Baku said this year the championship will see participation beyond West Africa and because the prize package has been increased, more participants would want to participate.
On why Gold Fields is sponsoring the championship, he said the company supported the Black Stars with over $15 million and we saw the value in that and the first year we supported them, they qualified for the world cup.
He explained further that, because the Ghana Football Association wanted other corporate bodies to sponsor the national team, they decided to step aside their sponsorship and decided to support Medeama Sporting Club ''but if you look at the golf area, it has not been given the needed support and that touches our heart. We believe we’ve got the potential and the talent. However, the support is not there. If we support these professionals, they will go right up there…’’
The tournament is being sponsored by Gold Fields Ghana Limited with support from Engineers and Planners, ATS, Gen Star and ZEN Petroleum.
The PGA founded in 1970 has played a huge role in promoting golf in the country and ensuring they build a successful career for professional golfers in Ghana.