Blantyre based golfer Paul Chidale had all the reasons to walk tall in the cane fields of Dwangwa as he scooped the top prize in the prestigious Nico General Golf tournament staged at Kasasa Club golf course in Dwangwa, Nkhotakota on Saturday, June 21, 2014.
The Malawi number one golfer got 39 stable ford points to emerge top in a field of 72 golfers from Kasasa and other golf clubs. He received a trophy and state-of-the-art gym equipment from sponsors Nico General.
“It has been sometime since I stood in front of golfers as champion. I thank Nico General for according me this opportunity and for the wonderful prize. It is my first time to win such a prize in golf,” said Chidale after receiving his prize from Nico General Chief Executive Officer Eric Chapola.
On second position was Geoffrey Nkoko from Dwangwa with 38 stable ford points while Dan Mazoe from Kachere Golf Club in Kasungu finished third after counting out fourth-placed Chilungamo Chimwaza on 37 points.
Kasasa Golf Club captain Dan Mvula had the longest drive for men and the nearest the pin prize went to Nkoko. During the evening, Nico General also presented a prize for Senior Golfer (above 55 years) which went to Mzuzu Golf Club captain Rodger Chiume.
The ladies’ category was won by Lusibilo Chakaniza from the host club who had 37 points, two above her runner-up Tanja Davey also from Dwangwa. Davey also got the nearest the pin for the ladies while the ladies’ longest driver was Elizabeth Tench from Lilongwe.
Speaking during the prize presentation, Chapola thanked all the participating golfers for gracing the event. He also made special mention of Illovo Sugar Group management for the support the company was rendering to his firm.
“Illovo has been giving us a lot of support and it is because of that support that we are able to come here and spoil the golfers. We will be here again with another exciting tournament next year,” said Chapola, who also presented a K200,000 cheque to Kasasa Club for maintenance of the greens.
Mvula hailed Nico for the continuous sponsorship and wonderful prizes. He also thanked visiting golfers for traveling all the way from Mzuzu, Lilongwe, Kasungu and Blantyre to support the event.