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Golfers undergo COVID-19 tests ahead of Gold Fields PGA

BY: Kweku Zurek
Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the tournament, Mr Hans De Beer
Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the tournament, Mr Hans De Beer

All golfers, caddies and media personnel who will participate in this year's Gold Fields Professional Golfers Association (PGA) golf tournament have undergone COVID-19 tests ahead of the start of the competition on Wednesday, November 25, 2020.

The Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the tournament, Mr Hans De Beer said the tests which were borne at the cost of the organisers forms part of a series of measures that have been put in place to ensure the success of this year's Championship.

Mr De Beer further disclosed that wearing of face masks and social distancing protocols will also be strictly enforced for the duration of the tournament which ends on Saturday, November 28, 2020.

"Each and every person involved at the tournament, golfers and their caddies, media, if you can't show us your COVID-19 test you will not be allowed to participate in tthe tournament," Mr De Beer said in an interview.

He added that there will also be a daily screening for COVID-19 symptoms during the tournament and in the event that anyone tests positive, they and anyone they have been in contact with will be swiftly isolated.

Standards still high

Mr De Beer said although this year's event had been scaled-down in terms of the number of participants, the standards in terms of the quality of the golf course and prize money remains the same.

He stressed that the committee has learnt from international golf championships and will maintain those standards throughout the championship.

Participants

A total of 32 golfers, comprising 24 regulars and eight seniors will battle it out for honours including trophies and GHS 167,000 in prize money.

The winner of the regulars event will win a GHS 40,000 prize money and the Gold Fields PGA Blue Jacket while the winner of the seniors' event will earn GHS 9,000 in prize money.

Also at stake for any golfer who makes a hole in one prize on hole 7 in a GHS20,000 prize.

Notable golfers in the regular contest include Kojo Barnni, Vincent Torgah, Emos Korblah, Emmanuel Osei, Kwame Ligbidi, Yaw Barry Dzadey, Prince Q. Amponsah and George Osei.

The rest are Enoch Owusu, John Mawuli, Wincott Ankrah, Francis Torgah, Philip Paitey, Godwin Sai, Stephen Klah, David Doe, Quinton Sherlock, Robert Degbe, Anthony Gbenyor, Lucky Annan Ayidah, Theophilus Govinous, Maxwell Owusu Bonsu, Kwabena Poku and Amponsah Richard.

The eight veteran golfers in the seniors' contest are Victor Brave-Mensah, Frank W. Asorgba, James Larry, Paul Nyarko, Peter Korsah, Akwasi Prempeh, Chichi Charles and Padori Ahmed.