From L- R: Felix Awuku, Kwadwo Antwi, Mark Okraku Mantey and Kwasi Okoh (Board member- UMB) at the tee-off ceremony of the Center of the World golf tourney in Tema.

Universal Merchant Bank (UMB) sponsored the “Ghana Centre of the world’ Golf Tournament, climaxed on Saturday at an exciting day of play at the newly christened ‘Centre of the World Golf Club’ in Tema.

The tournament, organised by the Ghana Tourism Development Company (GTDC), under the auspices of the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, is a tournament open to all golfers across Ghana and West Africa.

UMB ‘Centre of the World’ Tournament shows class

This year’s tournament, dubbed the “Version 3.0” edition, is part of a larger initiative by the Ministry and its agencies (including the GTDC) to celebrate and establish the ‘Ghana as the center of the world’ brand.

The play for the day was teed-off by the Deputy Tourism Minister, Mark Okraku-Mantey, who was ably supported by Kwesi Okoh, Director on the Board of UMB and Felix Awuku, an Executive Director of the Bank.

UMB ‘Centre of the World’ Tournament shows class

Other dignitaries on the tee-off dais included the Ghana Tourism Authority (GTA) CEO, Akwasi Agyeman; CEO of GTDC, Kojo Antwi and officials of the Center of the World golf club.

At the end of the tournament, Emos Kwablah emerged the tournament champion for the Professional golfers’ category, with Augustine Manasseh winning a trophy, which was presented to him by Nana Dwemoh Benneh, CEO of UMB, for the amateur “Men’s Scratch” category.

UMB ‘Centre of the World’ Tournament shows class

Speaking on the sidelines of the event, the Chief Executive of UMB, Nana Dwemoh Benneh, said, “We are proud of our heritage in Ghana, which begun in 1972.

UMB ‘Centre of the World’ Tournament shows class
UMB CEO Nana Dwemoh Benneh tees off during the event

This sponsorship allows us to continue our deep involvement in the development of the tourism sector in Ghana.

UMB ‘Centre of the World’ Tournament shows class

We look forward to supporting government’s initiatives, including the Beyond the Return initiatives, as we all look to build back better from Covid-19.’

The golf tournament, which is structured as an open, attracted over 160 golfers for the amateur competition, with over forty-eight Professional golfers also registering to play in the three-day tournament. 

UMB ‘Centre of the World’ Tournament shows class