Veterans Margaret Nkwanda and Bashir Shariff on Saturday put up eye-catching performances to win Sparc Systems Golf Tournament at Blantyre Sports Club (BSC).
It was the third tournament that the multi-product system integration company has sponsored this year, having hosted others in Blantyre and Lilongwe earlier in the year.
Playing off handicap (h/c) 30 , Nkwanda saw-off a spirited display from seven other contestants, who included BSC ladies golf captain Connie Muguvu-Karuku, to emerge winner of the women’s category with a 103 gross to register a 73 nett.
Nkwanda was on cloud nine after registering her first win of the year, saying: “I am very excited with this feat because it’s my first time this year.
“And winning a tournament sponsored by a Malawian company makes it even more glamorous, sparkling and wonderful. I enjoyed my golf today.”
Muguvu-Karuku (16 h/c) was the runner-up with 93 gross and 77 nett while Doreen Kabvala (22h/c) was third with 106 gross and 84 nett.
In the men’s category, Shariff (22h/c) beat a field of 52 with an 87 gross to register a 65 nett. His runner-up was Donbell Mandala (15h/c) with an 84 gross, resulting in a nett of 69 whereas four-handicapped Gabriel Kambale settled for the third position with a 69 nett after accumulating 73 gross.
Furkan Gani had the longest drive on hole two in the men’s category while Charles Merrick was nearest to the pin on hole number one. Bhose Kamphulusa had the longest drive in the ladies section on hole eight, but there was none who achieved nearest to the pin on hole 12.
The winners received trophies, cooking utensils and shopping vouchers.
Sparc Systems managing director Wisely Phiri said they were impressed with the golfers’ turnout.
“Tournaments like these offer us an opportunity to interact with our customers regarding our services because most people who play golf are decision makers,” he said.
Muguvu-Karuku thanked Sparc Systems for living up to their promise to sponsor a ladies’ tournament. n