Ghana’s number one top golfer, Vincent Torgah, has closed the year 2017, as the winner for West African Golf Tour, held in Nigeria.
Torgah is also closing the year with an impeccable record of 11 out of 15 wins this year.
He has also accumulated three consecutive victories over the past two months, Nigeria @57 in October in Port Harcourt, the Ivory Coast Open few months ago and the eventual Nigeria Masters in Abuja.
Upon arrival at the Kotoka International Airport from Nigeria, where the championship was held, Torgah said he started very bad throughout the tournament.
According to him, he started badly with +5 on the first day of play but because he was eager to win, he up his game and became victorious.
Torgah who was behind Zambian Aaron Simfukwe the last day to finish with 5 stroke recovered to lead by a stroke and played eagle on last to finish with two shots with a total score of +6 to win.
He said the efforts he put in place was rewarded and can say although he’s won a lot of tournaments, this year, the recent was the toughest for him as a golfer.
Torgah said upon reaching Abuja, he had doubts because of the caliber of golfers who participated but he did his best and has won his 11th tournament.
His victories he said shows that, Ghana have the potentials and if we support golf, we will go further and have world champions.
Vincent Torgah called on the media to do more for golf because the sport has grown now and its part of the top sporting activities in the world.
He said if the media can take it from here, and we will have sponsors having keen interest in golf, it will go far.
Torgah is looking forward to participating in European tours and so I am going to work hard after the Christmas week and honour those opens, he added.
On his part, President of the Professional Golfers Association (PGA), Anthony Kwame Mintah, said he was extremely proud of Vincent Torgah.
He said he represents a true mark of a champion and modesty. He also described as Ghana’s Tiger Woods.
He said, to win 11 out of 15 tournaments, is remarkable and has not happened anywhere in the world.
Mr. Mintah said the executives at the PGA are pushing hard to make the sport more popular.
He also expressed gratitude to the media for the support. He said, we are excited about the partnership that we want to have with the media, to promote the game.
‘’I think the game has been in the shadow for far too long and it’s about time we push golf and bring it up to the pedestal,’’ he said.
He said we have over 70 professional golfers in Ghana apart from Vincent Torgah, who can play this game but where we lack is sponsorship.
He said there equally good guys who can play and with sponsorship, they will perform better and get to the heights they want to go to.
The PGA is talking to a number of organizers across Africa, Europe and other parts of the world, to get the golfers on tours and tournaments that will promote them and hopefully earn them some good money but also project Ghana as a whole.
1. Day 1. 77- day 2.- 77 day 3.-72 final day 68
The name is Aaron simfukwe, from Zambia.
Again Vincent was 5 stroke behind to the final day.
But he recovered and finish 2 skroke up after playing eagle on last hohe.
Top 5 finish
1. Torgah vincent , Ghana
2. Aaron simfukwe, Zambia
3.Mapwanya Visitors, Zambia
4.Gift Willy, Nigeria
5.Kingsley oparaku, Nigeria
Vincent Torgah, had an impressive record in 2017 year under review and below are his records.
1. Libreville Open, in Gabon- Winner
2. Asantehene Gold cup open, in Ghana- Winner
3. West Africa Golf Tour (Memorial), in Abuja, Nigeria -Winner
4. West Africa Golf Tour (Nigeria @57) – Winner
5. Cote D’Ivoire Open, in Abijan- Winner
6. West Africa Golf Tour (The Masters)- Winner
7. Senegal Open, in Dakar- Winner
8. Sierra Leone open, in Freetown- Winner
9. Tema Open, in Ghana- Winner
10. Accra Open, in Ghana- Winner
11. West Africa Tour (The Masters)
12. West Africa Tour (E&B Match Play)- Runner-up
13. PGA Tour, in Ghana – Runner-up
14. Road to Mongomo Championship, in Equatorial Guinea- Runner-up
15. Porthacourt Open, in Nigeria – Runner-up.
Source: Nana Prempeh
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