Golfers Nelson Mkwende and Bose Kamphulusa achieved their goals at Mulanje Golf Club (MGC) on Sunday after they won respective men and ladies’ titles in the fourth edition of T&I Global Golf Tournament.
Mkwende beat a 58-strongfield to pluck his first title in 15 competitions while Kamphulusa finally triumphed on the golf course where she learned the sport three years ago.
Frustrated with near misses in the two years he has been playing the gentleman’s game, Mkwende banished his swing demons to claim the glory with 39 stableford points, four ahead of his runner-up Ajay Singh, who counted out Gerson Araujo to the third place with 35 points.
“I have been looking forward to this day since I joined golf in December 2016,” said the handicap (h/c)-22 golfer, who had a total of six pars and the same number of bogeys. “I have been a runner-up in three tournaments but it feels great to be a champion.”
As for Kamphulusa, it was quite relieving that she came out victorious at the golf course that initiated her into the sport in 2015. The h/c 24 golfer amassed 35 points to get rid of pressure from Arnes Araujo, who finished second with 31 points.
“I love this course; it feels good to win at a place where my golf story started,” said Kamphulusa, whose defining moment came after she rolled in a par on hole six.
Soppie Kaira emerged winner in the seniors category with 39 points while James Chikapa finished second with 35 points. Rajeev Singh Rawat, Sangwani Hara and Eric Kazembe found solace in hitting two-clubs whereas Neil McTavish and Gurtej Singh Nain had best front nine and best back nine, respectively.
T&I Global Limited (India) senior manager Sunil Sreedharan said the tea processing machinery manufacturer and exporter organised the fourth annual golf event in Mulanje to celebrate their 20-year-old relationship with the Malawi tea industry.
“Our relationship with the Malawi tea industry is so great that we have to celebrate it in a special way. This is the fourth edition of this golf event and more are coming,” he said.