The Airtel Malawi Golf Tournament at Country Club Limbe (CCL) ended in resounding victory for Welkam Phiri and ladies’ top golfer Roza Mbilizi on Saturday. Despite the chilly weather standing in their way, Phiri and Mbilizi defied the odds to secure glory in a spectacular fashion to outclass a 104-strongfield. As the contest teed off at around 6am, unforgiving winds that corroborated well with the swooping terrains made putting extremely difficult.
“The winds were very unfavourable today and it was not easy to perfectly direct your shot. However, I was determined to win this tournament and nothing could stop me,” said Phiri, who completed his round with a birdie and nine pars. Phiri got the men’s crown with 41 stable-ford points, a point ahead of runner-up Sope Kaira and three points in front of third-placed teenager Aadil Parkar.
In the ladies section, Mbilizi, who claimed three birdies along the way, summed up her glory with 38 points to count out Lilian Kawaza to the second slot. For their victories, Phiri and Mbilizi each carried home an Apple iPad Air Min with 16GB memory, a Nike golf stand bag, 2GB flash disk and a trophy. James Chimwaza received K20 000 worth of airtime and a 2GB flash disk after emerging as the best senior golfer with 35 points. Nearest to the pin accolades went went to N.
Zitta and Margaret Mukwenha, who also earned the longest drive prize. Airtel Malawi’s head of enterprise business Rachel Mijiga thanked the golfers for defying the stinging chilly weather to patronise the event in their large numbers and she promised to come up with more golf contests this year. “This was one of the five competitions we planned this year to appreciate your support to our business,” Mijiga said.