Zambia amassed 730 stroke points to lift the three-day East and Central Africa Regional Golf Challenge Trophy hosted by Malawi at Lilongwe Golf Club (LGC).
The tournament was competed for by Uganda, Kenya, Malawi and the champions Zambia.
The women had to walk 21 kilometres to complete the 54 holes as demanded by the tourney rules and the Malawi team failed to endure that and finished last with 841 stroke points.
Uganda were second on 745 points while Kenya, who came third had 772 points.
Malawi coach Dingaani Chirwa attributed the poor performance to age.
“The average age for Malawi team was 46 years, Zambia 21, Kenya and Uganda 20. Age was a big factor in our loss as most of our opponents were energetic and young. It was difficult for our players to endure 21 kilometres of walking. We had to host this event to inspire more girls to join golf,” said Chirwa.
Zambia coach Melissa Nawa, who turned professional last year in the US, said the victory was well deserved as her golfers put up a decent game.
In her speech, Minister of Sports and Youth Development Grace Chiumia appealed to young girls in the country to take golf seriously.
“We have seen young girls here representing their countries.
“As government, we will work with partners to promote the sport,” she said.