By El-Amisty Nobo| Follow Amisty on twitter @ElAmistyNobo

Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin II [King of Akyem Abuakwa] has recounted how owner of the defunct UT Bank – Kofi Amoabeng and few friends of his courted him to fall in love with golf.

Speaking to the press at the end of the Okyehene Invitational Golf tournament at the Craig Golf Club in New Tafo on Saturday, October 19, the King of Akyem Abuakwa chronicled how he got initiated into the sport [golf] about twenty [20] years ago:

“Twenty years is like yesterday.

“One evening I said let me go and visit Kofi [Amoabeng] so I came here [Craig golf club] and there were a lot of guys here who had just finished playing golf.

“My friends in America tried to getting me play golf and I thought it was a boring game. I didn’t want to get in a game where you had to carry your bag, spend some money to buy [golf] cart and irons kicking some white balls and Kofi and Arrow convinced me that maybe it is a game that I can pick up.”

“I went back to Kyebi and I thought about it and said well let me give it a try and that’s what you see today…

“I fell in love with the game.

“It was a difficult game in the beginning, but like I always said – it is a game that speaks truth!

“It is a game that you can play all by yourself and still have to come to the club house with the right score.

“No golfer can go play a game and come back with a fake scores.”

The most revered King further touched on one of the most important pillars of golf. That is, building relationship:

“We play the game and during this period I have made some friends, good friends!

“Through golf I met a young man here. A young man who has become my brother and friend, Sir Sam Jonah.

“I’ve always said that we need to improve and grow the game of golf in Ghana.”

Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin ascended the Okyeman Ofori Panin stool on October 4, 1999 after the death of his predecessor – Osagyefuo Kuntunkununku, making him the 35th king to ascend the throne.

The 2019 Okyehene Invitational Golf tournament was proudly sponsored by MTN Ghana.