Organisers of the seventh edition of the Gold Fields Professional Golfers Association (PGA) Championship have announced an attractive prize package for this year’s championship slated for November 25-28, 2020 at the 18-hole Damang Golf Course in the Western region.
Mr Alfred Baku, Executive Vice President and Head of Gold Fields West Africa, disclosed at a media briefing to announce the event that an amount of GH¢167,000 will be spent on prizes for golfers at this year’s championship.
Unlike the open nature of previous championships, this year’s edition will be restricted to only 32 players made up of 24 Professionals and eight Seniors that qualified from four qualifiers held across some of the top golf courses.
Despite the reduction in numbers to ensure COVID-19 safety protocols, Mr Baku stated that the prize package has not changed as the winner is expected to pocket GH¢40,000. The winner of the Seniors’ event will also smile home with an amount of Gh¢9,000.
The rest of the money will be shared with participants by their order of appearance, Mr Baku explained.
Giving a breakdown of entrants for the competition, he said 11 golfers qualified from the Achimota leg of the qualifiers held between September 14 to 24.
Nine golfers, he said, qualified from the qualifiers held by the Tema and Celebrity golf clubs; five each from Kumasi and Obuasi clubs and five from the Western region qualifiers.
They will be joined by two foreign-based Ghanaian golfers, adding that due to COVID-19 reasons, the defending champion, a Nigerian, will not be able to make it due to the decision to make it an all-Ghanaian affair this year.
Apart from those that played the qualifiers, Mr Baku said five senior executives from Gold Fields, specially invited guests, and eight selected female golfers will also participate in the amateur competition to support the tournament.
Mr Baku said the organizers will ensure full adherence to COVID-19 protocols and have since procured a PCR machine to test every participant to be involved in the four-day competition, adding that, those that test negative will be isolated.
He said plans were advanced to invite the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu, and golf enthusiast, Sir Sam Jonah to grace the occasion.
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