Roza Mbilizi’s sheer quality on the golf course once again shone like a flare last weekend when she won the Blantyre Open Ladies’ Golf Championship at Blantyre Sports Club (BSC).
The two-day tournament, which attracted 20 golfers, including some from Lilongwe, was played on stroke play format and was sponsored by Old Mutual.
The 10-handicapped Mbilizi, who is ranked as the best female golfer on the domestic scene, won the Championship Division after registering 165 gross.
“It wasn’t that difficult for me because my competitors have a considerably higher handicap in the range of 16 to 17, so we could not compete at the same level. Nevertheless, I noted tremendous improvement from other players lately and in the near future, I will no longer have the luxury of such easy wins.
“Having said that, I would like to thank our sponsors Old Mutual for sponsoring this important tournament. We are proud of them,” she said.
BSC ladies captain Connie Muguvu-Karuku was the runner-up on 193 gross while her Lilongwe Golf Club (LGC) counterpart Regina Mwanza was third on 195 gross.
Carol Mbalanje-Banda won the A Division with a gross of 190 followed by Beatrice Mangwana and Diana Kambale on third.
In the B Division, Sandra Komakech was the champion followed by Jochebed Mpanga whereas Joline Bapu was third.
The tournament also attracted seven junior golfers and Priscilla Fiwa pipped Kate Chapola for the top slot after a rather tight contest that went down to the wire.
Bose Kamphulusa and Mbilizi had two clubs, Muguvu-Karuku and Elizabeth Mvula were nearest to the pin on holes 18 and 12 respectively. Muguvu-Karuku also had the longest drive.
Muguvu-Kuruku thanked Old Mutual “for always being there for ladies golf. Let me also thank our colleagues from Lilongwe for coming to join us in the tournament.”
Old Mutual marketing consultant Patience Chatsika said they sponsored the tournament to interact with lady golfers so that they get to know about their investment products.
“Actually this is not the first time, we do sponsor golf both at junior and senior level,” she said.