AMCON 2019: Ghana wins maiden African Minigolf Cup of Nations

Author: Maurice Quansah
Champions: Team Ghana's Enock Nyarko (left) and Solomon Lokko proudly lift the winner's trophy

Team Ghana cut a piece of sporting history as winners of the maiden 2019 African Minigolf Cup of Nations (AMCON) which ended in Accra last Sunday.

It was a competitive two-day affair at the Ghana Minigolf Federation 18-hole world championship course as Ghana faced stiff competition from 11 African countries for prizes and bragging rights.

The tournament featured 48 players competing over two days

Organised by the Ghana Minigolf Federation (GMF) and African Minigolf Federation, under the stewardship of Mr Talal Fattal, the competition featured 48 players, including 10 females, with hosts Ghana presenting five teams of which two dropped out at the quarter-finals knockout phase.

Overall best team: Enock Nyarko (left) and Solomon Lokko

In the end, the Ghanaian duo of Enock Nyarko and Solomon Lokko scored 82, with six (6) holes in one to finish as winners of AMCON 2019 last Sunday.

Gabon, who presented four teams, finished as first runners-up with the pair of Ruben Minko and Olsen Madama Christ Junior edging out team Ghana pair Kelvin Boateng and Bright Frimpong to third place with a score of 83.

Gabon presented four teams at the tournament

The Somasse brothers from Benin, Arthur and Brun, finished in the fourth position with a score of 86 after three rounds of playoff work with Team Ghana 3 on hole 14 during the semi-finals.

The Ghanaian winners were presented with medals, trophy and a cash prize of GH¢3000 donated from Ghana Minigolf Federation with products from NASCO.

The first runners-up received silver medals, trophy with a cash prize of GH¢1000 donated by GMF, and products from Electroland Ghana Limited, marketers of NASCO mobile phones and electronic appliances.

Emelda Bempong was the Best African Female Player

Ghana’s Emelda Bempong claimed the Best African Female Player prize with a total 218 points, while Nyarko took the honours as the Best African Male Player with a total point score of 181, for which NASCO rewarded both of them with a trophy and mobile phone each.

In addition, Ghana won the Best African Team honour under the guidance of coach Solomon Addai and Richard Amoah, the captain.

Another winner on Sunday was Guinean Barry Amadou who won the Most Hole-in-One prize with 24 hole-in-one.

After the competition, the winning Ghanaian pair Nyarko and Lokko expressed their excitement at their achievement & turned their attention to the global competition which comes off in China end of this month.

“We are so happy to win this tournament because we have put a lot of time and energy preparing for it. It wasn’t easy scoring low but with hard work, we were able to team up and do it. It was really tough at the last stages as all eyes and attention were on us. It would’ve been a shame if Ghana didn’t win it. Now we have to prepare for the World Minigolf Federation’s Championships in China,” said an excited Nyarko.

Talal Fattal (left) launching the Ghana Wheelchair Minigolf Association

The tournament was also used to launch the Ghana Wheelchair Minigolf Association, with its General Secretary, Wilson Agbesi, pledging to work hand in hand with the GMF to train their players for future local and international competitions.

At the short closing ceremony, Madam Adiza Ibrahim, Marketing Manager Electroland Ghana Ltd, co-sponsor of the tourney promised more sponsorship packages for the GMF, should they continue to impress.

Madam Adiza Ibrahim of Electroland Ghana Ltd presenting a prize

“We at NASCO are happy to associate with this tournament and the Ghana Minigolf Federation. Our relationship will grow stronger and there are more goodies for minigolf due to the very competitive tournament you have had. We say congrats to all the winners,” she said.