Malawi’s golf club hails Sparc Systems for supporting junior golf development

 Malawi’s Blantyre Sports Club (BSC) ladies golf section has hailed Sparc Systems for supporting junior golf development at the club when the company sponsored a ladies tournament on Saturday.

Wisely Phiri (centre) poses with the junior golf champions Zita Rodrick and Quasaira Lambat
Wisely Phiri (centre) poses with the junior golf champions Zita Rodrick and Quasaira Lambat

BSC ladies captain Connie Karuku said Sparc Systems is one of the Malawian owned companies that is willing to support the development of golf among the youths.

“We asked Sparc Systems to include a juniors section and the firm responded favourably,” Karuku said. “We want juniors to hone their skills and to get experience.

“We hope that with this exposure, the juniors could be were prepared for international tournaments,” she said.

At the end of the day, Zita Rodrick with 36 handicap won the juniors section and was followed by Quasaira Lambat.

Sparc Systems Managing Director, Wisely Phiri, said Malawi’s future in golf relies in the hand of junior golf structures.

“When Blantyre Sports Club requested us to include a junior section we did not object because we feel that junior players hold the keys to Malawi’s future in golf,” he said.

Phiri said Sparc Systems will not shy away from supporting activities that have issues of national interest.

He made these remarks as he revealed that plans are underway to sponsor one more tournament before the year ends.

Phiri said a major Sparc Systems golf tournament will be held early next year.

“The past golf tournaments were intended for ladies with men playing on invitation. We now want to hold a major golf tournament to give us a huge platform to interact with our clients.

“As Sparc Systems we are in the enterprise space of IT. Most of our customers play golf,” Phiri said.

During the Saturday event, senior golfers Margaret Mkwanda and Bashir Shariff carried the day beating a field of 60 enthusiastic golfers that took part in the competition.

Mkwanda, a seasoned lady golfers, scored a gross of 103 and 73 net to emerge champion.  Her runner-up with Connie Karuku who posted gross 95 and net 77 while Doreen Kavala was third.

Shariff scored 87 gross and net 65 to become the men’s champion. His runner-up was Donbell Mandala with gross 84 and net 69 while former Golf Union of Malawi (GUoM) Gabriel Kambale, playing off handicap 4, came third with 84  gross and net 65.

In subsidiary prizes, Furkani Gani hit the longest drive on hole number 2 in men’s category while Bose Kamphulusa won the women’s equivalent on hole 8.

Charles Merrick shot nearest to the pin on hole number 1.

Wisely Phiri said they were proud that a good day of golf was enjoyed by all, which was their sole intention.

“We wanted to interact with our clients in a convivial environment and we are so glad that the golfers had a wonderful day.

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