Adriel Guarino put on a spirited display to win a tightly-contested United General Insurance (UGI) Wednesday Ball Pool at Blantyre Sports Club (BSC).
The top three tied on 20 stableford points and were separated by a count-back—a method of tiebreaker used for competitions scored by the stableford points system.
Playing off handicap 15, Guarino counted out 17 handicap runner-up David Nyirenda, who in turn counted out Andrew Santhe.
Guarino was excited to win a tournament after a long time.
“My performance today, right from the first hole, was superb and I knew this could be my day. I thank the sponsors for hosting today’s ball pool,” said Guarino, medical doctor by profession.
BSC ladies golf captain Margaret Mukwenha led by example by emerging the winner in women’s category with 16 points.
In subsidiary prizes, Andrew Santhe was nearest to the pin on hole one while Lance Pinto had the longest drive on hole number eight.
UGI marketing manager Atupele Mangochi said: “On behalf of UGI management, I would like to thank BSC, it is rare that a sponsor is offered a reward after hosting a tournament and we feel highly honoured.
“Golf tournaments offer us a platform to build relationships with our customers. We even have a special product for golfers apart from others such as house and motor vehicle insurances.”
BSC golf captain John-Gift Mwakhwawa dubbed the ball pool a ‘sundowner’ as it came as a token of appreciation from the club to UGI for hosting the Blantyre Closed during the weekend of April 25-26.
“The turnout was very good, we had close to 40 golfers and I thank the BSC board for the special ‘waiver’ offered to UGI,” he said.