We Want to Expose Our Golfers to International Standards – PGA President
Mr. Anthony Kwame Mintah, President of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA), has has said the vision of his outfit is to expose golfers to international standards at ongoing 4th edition of the Gold Fields PGA Golf Championship, 2017.
In an interview with the GNA Sports, Mr. Mintah noted that the association wants to expose the golfers to other international competitions around the continent as part of efforts to build their profile.
“We are currently busy talking to the sunshine tour, which is played in South Africa and also trying to get golfers to qualify for events outside Africa.
“We want to have golfers to engage in trials in Europe. In addition, we want to bring the game closer to the communities” he added.
According to Mr. Mintah, the PGA is in talks with the Ministry of Education to extend the game to various schools to help cultivate and grow the next generation of disciplined and hardworking citizens, since golf is a sport that is played with a discipline and integrity.
Mr. Hans De Beer, the Chairman for the planning committee, Gold Fields Damang 2017 PGA championship on his part took note of the hard work, that has gone into the extension of the course to meet international standards and also to train golfers for international tournaments.
“We have put in a lot of hard work and dedication in the past six months to get the course ready for this tournament.
“To make this tournament more challenging we added 300 meters to the golf course, with a plan and strategy to take the golfers to the next level, we want to raise the next big name golfer from Africa.
“We want to give opportunity to our professionals to engage in all the major championships available for them,” he added.
The four day championship currently ongoing at the Damang golf course commenced on Wednesday, with 54 golfers including international golfers from Nigeria, Senegal, Togo, Benin and Cote d’ivoire.