Golfers Carol Mbalaje-Banda and Furkani Gani on Saturday braved the chilly weather and rough-golf course to emerge winners of Sparc Systems golf tournament at Blantyre Sports Club.
The tournament, meant for ladies, pulled together 45 golfers including 10 ladies, and most golfers said the tournament because the golf course was wet due to rains.
Men were allowed to participate to make the tournament exciting, according to Blantyre Sports Club (BSC) ladies golf section captain, Connie Maguvu.
Mbalanje-Banda, playing off handicap 22, emerged champion after registering a net score of 81 while Margaret Mukwenah finished second with a net score of 82. Beatrice Mangwana finished on third position with a net score of 85.
While in men category, Gani was crowned champion after registering a net score of 71 while James Chimwaza and John Shonga finished second and third, respectively.
Mbalaje-Banda received a trophy, K20,000 shopping voucher and Sunbeam food processor while Gani went away with a trophy, K20,000 shopping voucher and a cooler box.
Gani also the longest drive on hole two while Teri Amaro did it in ladies category on hole eight.
Mbalaje-Banda said the competition was tough because the grass is grown, apart from the golf course being wet due to rains.
“It was a tough competition and I really struggle. I think I played good golf on back nine after struggling on front nine.
“Still, I enjoyed and I am looking forward to winning,” said Mbalaje-Banda.
Maguvu, BSC ladies golf captain, hailed Sparc Systems for sponsoring ladies golf this year.
She said such tournaments will promote ladies in as far golf is concerned in the country.
On his part, Sparc Systems Managing Director Wisely Phiri said they moved to sponsor the tournament after being impressed with how the BSC golf committee organized a charity tournament last year.
Phiri also said the will sponsor two more tournament in Blantyre and Lilongwe.
“We will back here in June and before that we shall sponsor another one in Lilongwe where we also have a branch. Sparc Systems is a Malawian company and most of our clients play golf,” said Phiri.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :