Khumbo Mkandawire on Wednesday emerged FES-sponsored Blantyre Sports Club (BSC) ball pool winner in men’s category.
The 16-handicap (h/c) golfer had 21 stableford points to pip his runner-up Furkan Gani (11h/c) by a point. Gani, in turn, counted out Noel Lipipa (h/c13).
Said Mkandawire: “I played good golf today. I played four pars and three bogeys. It feels good to win after about four years.”
In women’s section, Hariet Marian (22h/c) triumphed with 21 points followed by youthful Quasira Lambart (33h/c) with 18 points while veteran Roza Mbilizi (10h/c) was third with 17 points.
Sharon Marqis had the longest drive (combined) on hole number four while Masauko Msungama was nearest to the pin (combined) on hole five. A field of 58 golfers took part.
In a related development, BSC has purchased a tractor for the maintenance of the greens.
The multi-functional tractor, bought from FES at K12 million, was handed over to the club after the ball pool.
BSC board chairperson Lester Tandwe commended the golfers for initiating the move after noticing that the old tractor needed replacement.
“We are not a profit-making institution and the proceeds from the club go towards its operations such that it is difficult to invest in such facilities.
“The golfers themselves, therefore, need to be commended for starting the initiative when they organised a fundraising tournament in February,” he said.
Tandwe said the golfers contributed about K2 million towards the cause while the difference was met by the club’s management.
He also appealed to the corporate world to partner the club in its projects, citing the construction of a wall fence around the course.
On his part, BSC general manager Johnnie Nicolau said the acquisition of the new tractor was a big step forward as the other one was old having operated for 52 years.