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Ghana: Support tourism through sports

Nov 18, 2009

The Deputy Western Regional Minister, Betty Bosomtwi Sam, has appealed to investors to take advantage of the availability of enormous land and other facilities, to help improve the tourism potentials of the Western Region and Ghana, through sports.

Speaking at the commissioning of the Pra River Golf links, a subsidiary of the Shama Beach Resort Limited, a privately owned recreational facility at Shama at the weekend, she pledged the Western Regional Coordinating Councils support for any investor, saying, "tourism development was on the government's agenda to boost its private sector economy."

She commended Prof. G. W. K. Intsiful, a reputable architect, and wife Araba, for their foresight in providing the facility, which would go a long way to also offer employment to the youth in the area.

Prof Instiful, in a welcome address, expressed his gratitude to the Omanhene of the traditional area, Nana Kweku Binnah III, the Shama Traditional area, Lower Inchaban traditional area, and others for providing him with the land for the project. He also commended the Ghana Commercial Bank, KEK Insurance Brokers, Enterprise Insurance Company, Frutelli and others for their support.

A former president of the Ghana Golf Association (GGA), Mr. Mike Ezan, who is now president of the Achimota Golf Club, while congratulating the owners of the course for the good work for adding a sixth golf course to that in the Western Region, also advised golfers, especially those in the mining communities, to fully patronise the course to improve their leisure and health needs.

A special 18-hole invitation tournament to mark the ceremony was won by Scott Thomas of the Takoradi Sports Club, and Clara Price of the Achimota Golf Club in the men's and ladies division respectively.

Following Scott Thomas 78 net, was Chris Amoo-Gotfried 80 net, Peter Chester, Tarkwa Golf Club 90 net on count-back, K. Boakye Sarpong from Royal Golf Club, Kumasi, fourth.

H. E. Psavelin Musaka, Zimbabwean Envoy in Ghana, took the ladies runner-up position in the ladies 18-hole encounter, after Price (106net), with a hard 117 net.

And in the 9-hole event, Ms. Philomina Sedo won with a 52 net, while Mike Aggrey of the Achimota Club, returned 40 net, to pick the only prize at stake in the men's.

Ghana: Support tourism through sports
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