Just like an old wine that matures with age, John Katsala on Sunday got a perfect initiation into the seniors fold after winning the A-Division title of the inaugural PremierBet Seniors Golf Championship at Country Club Limbe (CCL) in Blantyre.
Two birdies on the front-nine and eight pars along the way were enough to help the handicap-12 golfer accumulate a gross of 81 points, two better than his runner-up Kingsley Chimdima Mhango, who counted out Soppie Kaira to the third place.
“It feels good to win a first title as a senior golfer,” said Katsala, adding playing on the wet fairway was a plus to his game as he performs better in such environment.
He even proved this attribute by also winning a two club alongside seven other golfers.
Salim Pajwani, who hit the longest drive on the 18th hole, was the only contestant in the championship category and he took the glory with 84 points.
In B-Division, John Magombo triumphed after counting out Philip Phambana to the second position with 94 gross while Bashir Shariff took the third place with 96 points.
Jay Yoo took the ladies’ crown with 92 gross, two ahead of her runner-up Bhose Kamphulusa.
Senior Golfers Society of Malawi chairperson Nyakhoko Nsona thanked Premier Bet for sponsoring the event that attracted 62 golfers; 30 seniors, 24 non-seniors and eight ladies. He said for one to qualify as a senior golfer, they have to be at least 55-years-old.
PremierBet Malawi commercial manager Fady Younes said they bankrolled the event as part of their mission to promote locally favourite sports in the country and celebrate their attainment of a national lottery license last month.
“We are happy to be associated with golf and we promise to continue with the support. I would also like to take this opportunity to inform the public that we have obtained a national lottery licence and we will have launch of our countrywide initiative in March 2019,” he said.