Nico Life Golf champion Kalulu dedicates trophy to ‘Shankers’

Lilongwe based golfer Mike Kalulu had every reason to walk tall in the corridors of Lilongwe Golf Club (LGC) having emerged champion in the Nico Life Golf tournament played at the country’s sole 18-hole golf course on Saturday.

This is for the Shankers- Kalulu delivers the champion's speech
This is for the Shankers- Kalulu delivers the champion’s speech
Mwanza gets her prize from Osman
Mwanza gets her prize from Osman
Winers pose for a group photo with sponsors
Winers pose for a group photo with sponsors
Osman makes a K500,000 donation to APAM
Osman makes a K500,000 donation to APAM
LGC chair Dr Neil Nyirongo receives a K150,000 donation from Nico Life
LGC chair Dr Neil Nyirongo receives a K150,000 donation from Nico Life

Playing off handicap 20, which was eventually chopped by a single stroke, Kalulu emerged top in a field of 79 golfers after hitting 40 stable ford points.

Speaking after getting his trophy and prize from Nico Life, Kalulu dedicated his title to the Shankers, a vocal grouping of Lilongwe golfers formed after the EBR (Earn Your Bragging Rights) and Bangkok Boys.

“I feel happy to stand here as champion. Thanks to all the Shankers for your support- This trophy belongs to you,” said Kalulu, who also paid tribute to Nico Life for sponsoring the tournament.

Trailing the champion was veteran golfer Justin Mkandawire of the EBR, who had 37 points while Thakor Sanjay settled for the third position with 36 points.

Adak Sailesi had the Longest Drive for men with Hutchson Mthinda claiming the men’s Nearest-the-Pin.

Fresh from her National Bank Golf triumph last week, Regina Mwanza was back on the podium after winning the ladies’ section with 38 stable ford points.

“It was a tough tournament- as you can see I was closely trailed by two golfers on 37 points. I’m glad to have won again after winning the National Bank tournament. I had a good round of golf and did not blank even a single hole,” said Mwanza after getting her trophy and prize from the sponsors.

Jochebed Mpanga was second in the ladies’ category after counting out third-placed Dr Susan Makeen on 37 points.

Karen Baylis got the Nearest-the-Pin for the ladies while ladies’ golf union president Sheila Chinkhandwe emerged the Longest Driver.

Nico Life Chief Executive Officer Karim Osman, speaking during the presentation hailed the golfers for patronising the day-long event.

“We have been holding this tournament on annual basis to interact with our Lilongwe customers. This time we invited over 80 golfers and had a field of 79, which is quite encouraging. With this kind of response, we are committing ourselves to come again next year,” said Karim, who also made a donation of K150,000 on behalf of Nico Life for the maintenance of the golf course.

After honouring the wining golfers, Nico Life also made a donation of K500,000 to the Association of Persons Living with Albinism (APAM).

APAM board member Mphatso Baluwa, who received the donation on the association’s behalf hailed Nico Life for the donation, which she said will help the body raise awareness on the rights of people living with albinism.

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