06 Jun
Vincent Torgah - Saham Insurance Classic!
The Quest Tour
 
At the closing ceremony of the just ended Saham Insurance Classic, the Chief Executive officer of Saham Life Insurance, Mr. Tawiah Ben-Ahmed, referred to a quotation from the address of Yaw Assah-Sam, CEO of The Quest Sports Management Co. Ltd. He said, 
 
“To win the game is great. To play the game is greater; but to love the game is the greatest of all.” 
 
He went on to assure the golfers and spectators that Saham Insurance, along with providing innovative insurance products to all, would continue to promote the integrity of Golf as well as the tenets of the game. Saham Insurance enables Ghanaians to ‘feel free to move forward’ with the safe knowledge that Saham Insurance’s slogan “We believe in tomorrow” consistently holds true. Interestingly he added, The Quest Sports Management Company’s vision and mission also aligns with that of Saham Insurance. In essence, it is a partnership built on mutual vision and a dedication to excellence.

As the Saham Insurance Classic came to a close at the Tema country Golf Club on Sunday 1st June 2014, it was clear that the Fourth Tournament in the 2014 Professional Golf Tour Series, had raised the bar yet again and driven many more to be ‘addicted to excellence’.
 
The Tournament, which saw 55 Professional and Semi-Professional Golfers battle for supremacy, ranking points and the top prize of GH¢10,000 in a prize pot of GH¢30,600 saw many interesting milestones. 
 
  • The only Lady Professional Golfer in Ghana, Mariko Onwana-Agyeman was invited by The Quest Sports Management Company, to play a demonstration round to raise awareness of the potential Lady Golfers could achieve when ‘addicted to excellence’. The Director of Operations Mr. Richard Boateng highlighted that this was the beginning of greater things to come, as she was acknowledged and thanked for her participation.
  • The Tournament also saw twelve international players from Togo participate; it is anticipated that the Inaugural anniversary in September will host an even larger contingent. The Scratch division was won by Kofi Kossi from Togo, with a total score over the four days of 298. In second place was a local from Achimota, Mr. Yaw Dogbe with 305 points, beating Joseph Klah to third place with 313 Points. Presenting the prizes was Mr. Nubarni from Modern Autos Services, who sponsored the Hole-In-One challenge with the Foton Conqueror 4X4 Pickup which is still yet to be won.
The main event was contested by over 30 Professional Golfers. The competition was fierce as they battled like gladiators through the first day. The day ended with impressive scores from Stephen Klah and Emmanuel K. Osei as they finished on level par. In fourth place was John K. Mawuli with one under Par (-1), one point behind Godwin Sai. The big leaders were Anthony Gbenyo who with determination finished the first day with 69, three strokes under par, and Vincent Torgah closing out the first day with a strong 67, two strokes clear in the lead.
 
The second day saw strong play from John K. Mawuli and David Doe, as they returned a score of one under par. Erik Heneku and Francis Torgah, both locals from Tema, also returned strong scores of 69 and Emmanuel K. Osei finished with 68, 4 strokes under par.
 
Lucky A. Ayisah broke through the ranks on day three with a 69 on the third day and moved up the ladder as did Emmanuel Ankrah. The biggest mover however was John K. Mawuli who played 68 four strokes under par. The cumulative scores showed that the final day was going to be a battle of the ‘gladiators’. John K. Mawuli moved into the lead with a cumulative score of six shots under par, one shot ahead of the day two leader Vincent Torgah. Emmanuel K. Osei was in third place with three shots under par and Anthony Gbenyor holding fourth position at Par. 
 
Day four would test the nerves, resolve and tenacity of the players. In the end the game itself, golf, proved the winner as the pressure built and the competition intensified. Only the determination and composure of the best made the difference. Eric Heneku came through the ranks and claimed the third slot, taking home a cash prize of GH¢3,000 with a cumulative score of 289 one stroke under par. Ahead in second place was John K. Mawuli with an impressive total of 284, four strokes under par and four strokes behind the eventual winner. Vincent Torgah demonstrated that he has the pedigree to take on the world as he finished with a gross total of 280. Eight strokes under par was what he needed to become the Saham Insurance classic Champion.
 
Congratulations to Vincent Torgah on completion of the proverbial hat-trick of wins, as he makes this his third successive win. He earned the Saham Insurance Trophy as well as a cheque of GH¢10,000.

Source: Story by Mark Cofie, written by Mary Ashun