Lilongwe based golfer Victor Kachepatsonga proved just too good for the golfers that took part in the three-day Airtel Stroke-play Championship at Lilongwe Golf Club (LGC), when he posted an impressive gross of 222 to defend the title he won last year.
The tournament, which started on Friday finishing Sunday attracted a field of 142 golfers, who were categorised into A, B and Championship Divisions. There was also a ladies’ division, which used the stable-ford format.
After a three-day round of golf, Kachepatsonga emerged hero with a 222 gross, 10 shots ahead of his runner-up Sean Raman, who is the green keeper at the country’s sole 18-hole golf course. Paul Chidale came third after grossing 234 shots.
In his victory speech, Kachepatsonga saluted Airtel for a great tournament with wonderful prizes. He also saluted the golf committee led by captain Brian Coombes for doing an excellent job in organising the tournament.
“It has been a wonderful tournament with great prizes and I feel happy to have won it again after winning last year’s competition,” said Kachepatsonga.
Retired Liutenant General John Msonthi Junior won the A-Division trailed by newly elected LGC board chairman Charles Mvula on second position and Thakor Sanjay on third.
B-Division was won by Mike Kalulu, who dedicated the trophy to his fellow Shanker Leonard Mazombwe on his birthday. Davie Kalenzi came second with Shephered Tembo finishing third.
Evergreen Maria Lee Cho was champion for the ladies’ division with a stable-ford score of 43 and her runner-up was Dr Susan Makin on 40 points.
All the winners received mouth-watering prizes from the giant mobile network firm in the form of trophies, talking time, I-phones, golf backs, golf clubs and other expensive items.
Captain Coombes saluted Airtel for staging another memorable competition and for hyping the competition with several ball-pool tournaments.
Airtel Managing Director Charles Kamoto thanked LGC staff and management for hosting the golfers and his staff during the three days. He also hailed all the golfers, who graced event and the golf committee for working hand in hand with a team from Airtel to put up an excellent competition.
The Airtel MD donated a Lawn Mower worth K500,000 for maintenance of the golf course.