Youthful golfer Canaan Paul and experienced lady golfer Evelyn Bailey had a pre-Easter present from Ecobank, when they triumphed in the Ecobank Golf tournament held on Saturday at Lilongwe Golf Club (LGC).
An upcoming golfer from LGC’s junior golf development programme, Paul was hero in the main category- the men’s section as he posted 40 stableford points to scoop the top prize.
The young golfer, speaking after being presented with a trophy by Ecobank hailed the ‘Pan African Bank’ for sponsoring the tournament.
He also expressed gratitude to his sponsor and playing partners for supporting him.
Veteran golfer Clement Chilingulo came second with 39 points followed by Shepherd Tembo and William Chimpeni on third and fourth positions respectively.
Former Zone VI golfer Danied Phiri monopolised both the Longest Drive and Nearest-the-pin despite missing out on the main prize list.
In the ladies’ category, there was a tie by three golfers on 36 points but after a count-back, Bailey claimed the top position. Heidi Lund settled for the second position with Karen Baylis pushed to the third position.
Baylis made up for the slip in the contest for the top prize by winning the Longest Drive. The Nearest-the-pin went to Maria Lee Cho.
Speaking during the prize presentation ceremony, LGC captain Justice Ken Manda hailed Ecobank for coming to Lilongwe.
“On behalf of the Lilongwe golf section, I wish to welcome you to Malawi’s premier golf course. We are looking forward to another Ecobank tournament next year,” said Manda, fondly referred to as Majaji by his colleagues.
Ecobank’s managing director Charles Asiedu expressed satisfaction with the field of 71 golfers that graced the event: “We are very happy with the reception we have been accorded with in the capital city. You may look at us as sponsors but on our part, we take it as a priviledge to have the opportunity to sponsor golf.
“We are committing ourselves to coming again next year but be prepared because I will be coming to play and win next year,” said Asiedu.
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