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Over 32 professional golfers comprising of 24 Ghanaians and eight foreign golfers would battle for honours in this year’s Gold Fields Professional Golfers Association (PGA) tournament at the Damang Golf Club.

This year’s event, which is the ninth edition of the tournament, is expected to tee-off from Wednesday, November 30 to Saturday, December 3.

Over the years, the Gold Fields PGA Championship has been the final tournament to end the PGA calendar year.

President of PGA, Mark Coffie, explained that the 24 Ghanaians were the top ranked players during a four mini tournament played within the year while the foreign golfers would be from Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Togo, Zimbabwe, Senegal, and Gabon.

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He added that 16 senior golfers would also play at the championship.

The president mentioned that the regular pros would play for four days but would be cut to 24 after the first two days, while the senior pros would also play for three days but would also be cut to eight after the second day.

Joshua Mortoti, Executive Vice President and Head of Gold Fields West Africa, commended PGA for showing commitment which has led to nine successive events.

He stated that the winning prize for the regular pros was GH¢50,000 and GH¢20,000 for the senior pros, making the total prize money of GH¢267,000 for the regular pros and GH¢69,000 for the senior pros.

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“The grand total for the prize money for this year’s tournament is GH¢336,500 and as you would notice, the total prize money has increased significantly from last year, which was GH¢172,000,” he noted.

He pointed out that Covid restrictions had been lifted at the golf course, and would be expecting a full participation and a keen competition.

Hans De-Beer, Chairman of the Organising Committee, also added that the course was in good shape and ready for the tournament.

He said they hosted the Ghana Open about two weeks ago and according to him, there were lots of positive compliments from the players, and described the Damang Golf Course as the best golf course in the country.

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Gold Fields Pledge Support To PGA

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Executive Vice President for Golf Fields and Head of West Africa, Joshua Motorti, has assured Professional Golfers’ Association of Ghana (PGA) of his outfits continued support to the sport of golf and sports in general.

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Speaking at the closing ceremony of the ninth edition of Gold Fields PGA Championship held at Wasa Damang in the Western Region, he said Gold Fields will continue to back golf and other sport in Ghana because it is one of the company’s core values.

“The reason why we support golf is that we believe that safety is the same as health, and health is the same as sport, that’s why Gold Fields support sports.

“We will continue to support sports. So this will not be the last one because we believe that a healthy person, makes a safe person, and makes a productive person of human resource,” he disclosed.

Kojo Barni won the ninth edition of the Gold Fields PGA tournament with gross total score of 286.

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He showed a masterclass performance to get better off the course in a solid four-day performance.

With gross total of 286, same as second placed Vincent Torgah, the former champion got the better off the latter after breaking the second tie with a shot.

The win means it is Barni’s third streak, having won it in 2017, 2018 and 2022.

“The Tournament Director, Akwesi Prempeh, pushed me to work hard, so big thank you to him,” Barni said.

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Emos Koblah came third with gross total of 291, Owusu Bonsua placed fourth with 292, and 295 positioned Yaw Barry fifth.

In the senior category, Robert Degbe won with SSS 223,

Brave Mensah came second with SSS 224, Akwesi Prempeh placed third with 238, Duada Mahama and James Larry came fourth and fifth with SSS 240 and SSS 244 respectively.

The tournament, which started last Wednesday, featured 32 regular professional golfers and 16 senior golfers.

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Past winners of the Gold Fields PGA Tournament comprise of Vincent Torgah, who won it in 2014, 2016 and 2021.

Emos Korblah won in 2015, while Lucky Ayisah won in 2020. Christopher Francis from Nigeria won in 2019, the only foreigner to have won the tournament.

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After being eliminated from the World Cup despite a 2-0 win against Ghana last Friday, Uruguay coach Diego Alonso blamed his country’s failure to get out of the group stage on an officiating error in the team’s previous game against Portugal.

“We are out because of Portugal’s penalty and goal difference,” Alonso said through a FIFA translator. “It’s not the point [from a 0-0 draw against South Korea], rather to the contrary. We are not out because of that point. It’s because of the penalty that was awarded in extra time that, according to FIFA, was not a penalty.”

The penalty in question came on a play in the 89th minute when Portugal were leading 1-0. Uruguayan defender Jose Maria Gimenez made a sliding challenge in the penalty box and the ball grazed his hand while he was extending it to brace himself as he fell backward.

Referee Alireza Faghani of Iran initially did not call for a penalty, but was advised to consult a VAR review, which led to the decision. Bruno Fernandes converted the penalty to make the score 2-0.

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Alonso has a legitimate gripe in the wake of the International Football Association Board’s (IFAB) clarification of the handball rule in 2021, when it said the penalty shouldn’t be called when “arm position is for support when falling or when getting up from the ground.”

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