Golf competitions will soon resume in Côte d’Ivoire, after more than a year’s break, due to the health crisis linked to the Coronavirus pandemic. This will be on the occasion of the Open de Côte d’Ivoire, scheduled from 21 to 25 April. The winner of this competition will pocket a sum of 5.7 million FCFA.
The 21st edition of the Open de Côte d’Ivoire, scheduled for 21 to 25 April, will mark the return of golf competitions in the country of the Ebrié Lagoon, after several months of absence, due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It is endowed with the Felix Houphouët-Boigny prize. « After the success of the 19th and 20th editions, we wanted to continue the adventure. Because we had the ambition to place golf on the international scene. Unfortunately, we were held back by Covid-19. But the 21st edition of the Open de Côte d’Ivoire, which was supposed to take place last year, will be organised this year in Yamoussoukro, » said Emmanuel Koffi, president of the Ivorian golf federation, in Sport-ivoire.
More than 245 golfers are already interested in participating in this competition. The organisers expect 144 professional golfers. They will come from more than 20 countries including France, the United States and Spain. In addition to Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Cameroon and Togo. « It is a real tourist showcase for our country, because golf is not just about hitting a ball. It is sport, leisure, networking with everyone, which is good for the image of Côte d’Ivoire, » he said.
For this edition, the prize fund is 32 million FCFA. The organisers will share 25 million FCFA between the first 30 winners of the competition. The winner will pocket the sum of 5.7 million CFA francs, while the runner-up will leave with 2.2 million CFA francs. « We have the support of the Ministry of Sports which has now registered this competition as eligible. It is already a big step, » revealed the president Emmanuel Koffi.
As a reminder, Ghana’s Vincent Torgah, African No. 1, winner of the 19th edition and Zambia’s Madalisto Muthlya, who won the last tournament (20th edition), were the last.