- Over 100 top golfers tee-off at the center of the world
Universal Merchant Bank (UMB) sponsored “Ghana Centre of the world’ Golf Tournament, climaxed this Saturday at an exciting day of play at the newly christened ‘Centre of the World Golf Club’ in Tema (the erstwhile Tema Country Club).
The tournament, organized by the Ghana Tourism Development Company (GTDC), under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, is a tournament open to all golfers across Ghana and West Africa. This year’s tournament, dubbed the “Version 3.0” edition, is part of a larger initiative by the Ministry and its agencies (including the GTDC) to celebrate and establish the ‘Ghana as the center of the world’ brand.
The play for the day was teed-off by the Deputy Minister of Tourism, Mr. Mark Okraku -Mantey who was ably supported by Mr. Kwesi Okoh, Director on the Board of UMB and Mr. Felix Awuku, an Executive Director of the Bank. Other dignitaries on the tee-off dais included the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA), Mr. Akwasi Agyeman, The CEO of the Ghana Tourism Development Company (GTDC), Mr. Kojo Antwi and officials of the Center of the World golf club.
At the end of the tournament, Emos Kwablah emerged the tournament champion for the Professional golfers’ category with Augustine Manasseh winning a trophy, which was presented to him by Nana Dwemoh Benneh, CEO of UMB, for the amateur “Men’s Scratch” category.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event the Chief Executive of UMB, Nana Dwemoh Benneh said “We are proud of our heritage in Ghana, which begun in 1972. This sponsorship allows us to continue our deep involvement in the development of the tourism sector in Ghana. We look forward to support the government’s initiatives including the Beyond the Return initiatives, as we all look to build back better from Covid-19.’
The golf tournament, which is structured as an open, attracted over one hundred and sixty golfers for the amateur competition with over forty-eight Professional golfers also registering to play in the 3-day tournament.