Lilongwe based golfer George Chisambo is champion for the Carlsberg Chill Open Golf Championship following his triumph during the two-day tournament held Saturday and Sunday at Lilongwe Golf Club’s (LGC) 10-hole golf course.
The stroke-play tournament attracted a field of close to 80 golfers from different golf clubs who were divided into B-Division, A-Division and the elite category- Championship Division.
Playing off handicap 6, the tennis player-cum golfer emerged top with a total gross of 156, having grossed 76 on the first day before completing the rout with another impressive gross score of 80 on the second day.
“I feel humbled and honoured to be crowned champion of this important competition and I am dedicating this to my late uncle Gerald Chinkhonyo, who passed away a couple of weeks ago. I had wanted to be part of the Malawi squad currently taking part at the Africa Golf Confederation President’s Cup in Zambia but I missed a day during the qualifiers due to my uncle’s death.
“That I have won this competition, I feel happy. This is a good consolation for my failure to make it into the national squad,” said Chisambo.
Trailing the champion was veteran golfer and LGC chairman Justin Mkandawire on gross 160 while D Barron came third on 162 gross.
The A-Division was won by Clement Chilingulo with a gross score of 162 ahead of retired Lieutenant General John Msonthi Junior who had a gross score of 165. LGC captain Justice Ken Manda finished third on gross 169.
In the B-Division, Vinay Ganatra was the champion with gross 182 and SQ Tembo was second on gross 188. Retired Malawi Defence Force Commander General Henry Odilo came third on 192 gross.
Speaking during the prize presentation, Carlsberg’s Distribution Services Manager Gift Kawamba expressed satisfaction with the field of golfers.
“There were many things happening this week and we are happy with the turn-up of golfers,” said Kawamba, who was apparently referring to the Lake of Stars festival in Mangochi and the Be Forward football bonanza at Civo Stadium.
Kawamba said one of the objectives behind the sponsorship was to profile the Carlsberg Chill brand amongst the golfers and customers.
“We also wanted to interact with the golfers, who are mostly decision makers in their companies and organizations in social environment. We had Ambassadors, senior government officials and business captains, whom you cannot easily meet in a formal way without booking an appointment.”.