It was a day to remember for Frank Avorsey Saturday afternoon at the Achimota Golf Club in Accra as he swept home the ultimate diadem at the Dr. Yamson MTN Invitational golf 2022.
Playing off handicap 8, Avorsey totalled 38 points to see off the challenge of Ayoub Ghandour (handicap 6) by a paltry 2 points in men’s group A competiton of the one-day stableford tournament at the premier golf club, with Eric Gene taking third spot a further three points back on 33 points off handicap 9.
But none was more excited and satisfied at the succesful end to the competition than the MTN board chairman for whom this regular golf tournament has now been renamed in celebrations of he becoming an octogenarian.
“I wish to express my appreciation to everyone for honouring our invitation and also use this opportunity to appreciate the MTN family especially, as well as our partners, stakeholders, the business community and Achimota Golf Club for organising this tournament to celebrate my life. Thank you all and I pray for everyone here to live longer than 80 years,” Dr. Ishmael Yamson saidin his closing remarks.
“Congratulations to all our winners for such a splendid performance and better luck next time to those who couldn’t win today. I’m impressed by the level of sportsmanship exhibited today. As critical stakeholders in business, today’s tournament gives us an opportunity not only to play our favourite game but also connect with you, strengthen relationships, exchange ideas and foster collaborations,” the MTN board chairman added.
In the event, men’s group B winner, Fiifi Thompson received a Samsung phone amd trophy for topping the section by ammassing 40 points off handicap 25, well ahead of Amos Boateng who totalled 38 points on handicap 23 and went home with a trophy and gift coucher for his second place finish.
The ladies open was won by Elizabeth Essel-Koomson after beating Mariatu Bah 40 points to 37, playing off handicap 22 and 29 respectively. Mrs. Essel-Koomson was rewarded with a phone and trophy whilst Bah got a trophy and gift voucher.
In the seniors tournament, Kwasi Amoafo-Yeboah scored 38 points playing off handicap 14 to stand tallest in the men’s field, whilst Margaret Owusu-Baah topped the women’s competition on 34 off hamdicap 15. Both received trophy and phone respectively.
Winners of auxiliary prizes, both men and women categories were also rewarded with a trophy and voucher each, which went to Kwaku Ofosuhene (men) and Vastie Amoafo-Yeboah (women) for longest drive as well as Frank Avorsey completing the double with closest to the pin (men) and Adwoa Asare-Asamoah taking the ladies’ gong.
“Golf is a game of strategy, and as it is with strategy, it pays to know the frontline/course. On the golf course just as in business, knowing what lies ahead can help you prepare effectively to tackle issues and respond in certain situations,” MTN board chairman, Dr. Yamson asserted in his speech.
“As we strike, we all have one goal in mind – to win. As a golfer, you always need to keep your eyes on the prize and never lose focus. The same principle applies in business. You always need to look forward and stay focused to keep you ahead of the game,” he cautioned.
He concluded: “In life, what you put in is what you get out. Hard work, consistency and tenacity are some of the values we have all exhibited in today’s tournament and I hope that we apply these lessons beyond the game of golf.”