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Poku lifts MTN Asantehene Gold Cup

BY: Samuel K. Obour

 Kwabena Poku (left) receiving his trophy from the Asantehene

Twenty-two-year-old Kwabena Poku recorded a gross score of 143 over two days to grab the 56th MTN Asantehene Gold Cap at the Royal Golf Club in Kumasi last Sunday.

 He beat coursemate Daniel Nti, who picked connected  Nokia Lumia with ¢50.00 airtime by four strokes to pick the Accra-London-Accra ticket, a trophy and the gold trophy in the men’s scratch event with Joseph Klah, (149 gross), won the second runner-up prize.   

It was Cote d’Ivoire’s Vivian Kwamme who successfully defended the trophy she won last year, making it third consecutive victory running in the ladies scratch event after recording  168 gross  over two days to pick the Virgin Atlantic Accra-London-Accra air ticket plus a trophy.    

 Young Jessica Tei finished second losing by nine strokes to Royal Golf Club’s Cynthia Nyantakyi, who picked the third prize.


 Nicolo Catto returned to the court after a long absence to pick the men’s handicap ultimate prize after a 140 net score, while W. Takyi and SF Assuman recorded 145 and 148 net scores for the second and third spots respectively.

 Mercy Ampofo, 150 net, finished first in the ladies handicap event while   Nelly Hage and Tema’s Victoria Adjei followed in that order.

The pros category saw Vincent Torgah recording an impressive gross score of 282 over four days to pick the ultimate prize of GH¢5,000. Kojo Barnie and Kwame Korsah trailed in that order to pick cash prizes of GH¢3,500 and GH¢3,000 respectively.

Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II commended the title sponsors, MTN, and its supporters as well as management of the club highly for putting together the event which attracted large following from far and near.

Otumfuo pointed out that the large turnout was an indication of a   revival in the sport which people were losing interest in by the day.