Safari Group CEO, Afari Dartey, commends Cedrela Open

The CEO of Safari Group, Samuel Afari Dartey, has lauded organisers of the Cedrela Open for putting up a splendid tournament for professionals and amateurs to enjoy.

The Cedrela Open championship teed off at the Safari Valley Golf course in the Okere District between Wednesday, November 16 to November 20, 2022 at the serene golf course.

The four day event for the pros and a day for the amateurs was the second of the series for the Road to Obotan championship.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Cedrella Open Championship Mr. Afari Dartey commended the organisers for putting up such mind blowing event which was sponsored by Safari Valley, Samartex Plywood and Timber Company Limited.

“I am extremely impressed, I have participated in a lot of tournaments like this and without any form of bragging rights, this is my very best organized tournaments of golf that I have participated in if you asked me,” he asserted.

He said, “At safaris ours is to bring people closer to nature and we expect people to understand the necessity of preserving the nature and development of this environment into a serene one.

“We are trying our best to let you enjoy the best of golfing environments and we will strengthen our relationship with the Professional Golf Association (PGA) and Ghana Golf Association (GGA),” Dartey assured.

He further disclosed that in collaboration with the presidency of the PGA, every member in good standing will be given access to the facility.

“You just show us ( Safari Valley Eco Resort) your ID card and you (golfer) have free access to play golf at Safari Valley and Aqua Safari Resort,” the CEO added.

“When you have tournaments outside Ghana where training for short game becomes important, you are free to come and train here for free,‘’ he promised.

Mr. Afari also charged cooperate bodies to join hands with the PGA and GGA to sponsor the tournaments and further developing of the sport by supporting our own.

“It is very unfortunate that the UT Bank had to collapse as a result of lack of support from our own,” he worryingly said. “Meanwhile without the support of that bank the safari would not have been in existence.”

‘When we started the development of Acqua Safari Beach and Resort, we approached 12 Banks; 95% of them are foreign banks and non was even interested in listening to our story.”

He recalled that  “Mr. Prince Kofi Amoabeng was the only person who did not only listen to us but took time off his busy schedule to visit our developing project and made a promise to make that dream come to a reality. And today we have added the Safari Valley Eco Resort, added Safari home and built the Safari group.”

“Great men leave legacies and I am using this opportunity to tell everyone here that we should go out there and tell people what Ghanaians have done and the need to support our own and such tournaments,’’ he concluded.

Vincent Torgah won the tournament after playing eleven (-11) under course par as Emos Koblah came second with one over (+1)

Augustine Manesseh also played two (+2) over course par while lucky Annan Ayiasah come fourth with 236 Gross and Yaw Barry Dzedey placed fifth with 240 Gross.

Francis Torgah, PQ Amponsah, Kojo Barnni, EK Owusu followed in other to 10th position.

In the seniors category: Brave Mensah won the ultimate prize with 181 standard scratch score (SSS) followed by Dawuda Mahama with 187 SSS, Robert Degbe with 200 SSS before Peter Korsah, Akwasi Prempeh and Ato Asankomah in the finishing table order.


By: Nana Prempeh|

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