Newly registered golfer Levison Kapito snatched the NBS Bank April Monthly Mug at Country Club Limbe (CCL) on Saturday.
Perhaps, the biggest surprise was not that the handicap 24 golfer overcame a 96-strongfield to flap his tender wings to his first title with awesome nett 67, but that he did it on his first day of playing competitive golf.
But being a young brother to the late prominent professional golfer and trainer Gilliam Kapito and being son to a retired caddie master who worked at the CCL for about 27 years, the 31-year-old might have the golf talent running in the blood of his family.
“All along, I have been a lawn tennis player,” said the soft-spoken businessperson who made seven pars and a birdie. “But I have started playing golf to honour my late brother Gilliam and keep alive his legacy on the golf course.
“I know my feet cannot aptly fit into his big shoes, but, at least, I would be able to walk with them. I dedicate this trophy to him.”
This particular NBS Bank golf contest seemed to favour inexperienced players as the runner-up and the third slots were taken by handicap 24 golfer Ketta Mwalwafu and handicap 14 player Ahmed Abbas, who scored nett 70 and nett 73 respectively.
While presenting a mug and a K30 000 (about $75) account opening voucher with NBS Bank to Kapito for his success, NBS Bank head of personal and business banking Stanley Mkwamba encouraged the golfers to use NBS Bank visa credit cards as substitute for cash when travelling outside the country.
Said Mkwamba: “This card is an international wallet which you can use to shop on the Internet. You can also use it as cash when you are outside the country. It is a smart way of getting to modern shopping.”