A fabulous display on hole 10 inspired Dan Katunga to move forward and win the Standard Bank Invitational Golf Tournament at Blantyre Sports Club (BSC) on Saturday.
In the ladies category, evergreen Teri Amaro saw off 15 other challengers to carry the day.
Katunga and Amaro, who had fantastic scores of 40 points and 37 points respectively, received trophies and exercise bikes as their prizes for coming out tops.
“I would like to thank Standard Bank for organising such a wonderful tournament, I came this morning believing that I would win and it happened,” said Katunga who has waited for almost four years to win a golf tournament.
In her brief speech, Amaro said: “We were the first group to tee-off and it was chilly, but we picked up later on.”
In the men’s category, Edwin Chipala was the runner-up on 38 points while Rafiq Maru clinched the third slot on 36 points having counted out Yotamu Saka and James Chimwaza.
In the ladies category, Beatrice Mangwana clinched the second position on 36 points while Stella Hara was third on 35 points.
In subsidiary prizes, Gabriel Kambale had the longest drive on hole 6 in the men’s category while Chimwaza was nearest to the pin. In the ladies category, Nick Anne Stanely had the longest drive on hole 13 whereas Hara was nearest to the pin.
Standard Bank chief executive officer Charles Mudiwa sent the turnout into ecstasy when he announced that they will continue to sponsor golf tournaments at BSC.
“We will keep coming back [even after our relocation to Lilongwe] and I can assure you that next year, we will be back, better and bigger. I would also like to thank all of you for your patronage and support and we value your contribution so much,” said Mudiwa.
The bank also recognised one of the senior golfers, Chris Kapanga, for his commitment towards Standard Bank tournaments.
The bank’s head of marketing Chimwemwe Matonga said: “He has participated in all Standard Bank golf tournaments regardless of the venue.”
BSC golf captain Medson Kalambule thanked Standard Bank for extending its romance with the club even after relocating to Lilongwe. He said 101 golfers took part in the event.
It was a unique tournament that saw the prize presentation being staged by the pool side. The golfers were also given mini-packs that included a golf shirt, cap, ball and golf tees before tee-off. The bank also presented a K200 000 (about $500) cheque for the maintenance of the greens.