Golf course for Air Force Mess
The Vice President, Professor John Evans Atta Mills has commissioned a nine-hole golf course at the Air Force Officers Mess in Accra. The cost of the construction was not known. The course is named after the late Bok Nam Kim, former chairman of AFKO Group who took a keen interest in helping the Airforce to develop the sporting facility.
Prof. Mills said the Airforce has produced very good sportsmen in various fields over the years, adding that whether in the military or in any organisation, sports is one of the avenues for fostering good relationship between the public and the military. He dismissed the notion that golf is a sophisticated sport for the rich and the bourgeoisie, saying that the impression might have arisen because of certain private and exclusive golf clubs in some countries, but in general golf is a domestic game open to everybody.
The Vice President said medical experts say golf sharpens one's concentration, provides good exercise, fosters one's drive, determination, self-control and confidence. He said socially golf provides an avenue for personal and business contacts. Mrs Young Oh Kim, wife of the late Mr Kim, called on the officers to ensure that facilities are maintained. She praised Sonitra, an Israeli construction firm based in Ghana, for providing equipment for the construction of the course. Prof Mills won the over-all best demonstration bunkers shot match. He was presented with a trophy and a plaque. Mr D.S. Boateng, Minister of State took the second position. Prof Mills also received a special award of a golf set from Mrs Kim. In an invitational medal competition organised to grace the occasion, D.Y. Lee returned 56 net to win. He was followed by G.H. Han with 61 net, M.G. Tackey took the third position, beating S.H. Kim on countback after both had returned 62 net. Young Kim won the Ladies event with 69 net while G. Qwak placed second with 74 net. Six companies including Gemini Life Insurance Company (GLICO) have adopted seven out of the nine holes for regular maintenance. GRi