This was the stuff that dreams are made of. The Samati couple—Wills and Faith—on Saturday turned on a vintage show to win the Nico General Insurance Company Limited Invitational Golf Tournament at Nchalo Sports Club in Chikwawa.
About 72 golfers braved scorching conditions of the Lower Shire Valley to take part in the 14th edition of annual tournament, but in the end it was the couple that emerged triumphant on their home course.
Bogeys on holes eight, nine, 10 and 11, coupled with two pars, was the epergne of Wills’ victory in men’s category in which he registered 35 points to pip his runner-up Hamilton Zungu by just a point. In turn, Zungu counted out Paul Araujo.
For his feat, Wills received a return air ticket to Johannesburg, South Africa, a travel insurance policy and a trophy—it couldn’t have been any better and the smile of champion on his face, spoke volumes about his joy.
“When you are driving down here from elsewhere, know that there are good golfers in Nchalo,” said Wills in his victory speech shot at golfers from outside Nchalo, adding: “Thanks Nico General for the wonderful tournament and the fabulous prizes.”
In women’s section, Faith posted 43 points, 13 above her runner-up Doreen Kavala. Faith, who also had the longest drive, received a washing machine and trophies.
With a score of 31 points, James Chimwaza triumphed in the seniors’ category while Henry Sisya of Kingfischer Insurance Brokers and Consultants won the best broker accolade with 27 points.
Lewis Sibande won the Nico General category with 31 points whereas Maurice Chilinda got the Nchalo closed top prize with 33 points.
Nearest to the pin for ladies was Sophie Kalambule while Eric Chapola did it in men’s category. He also managed two club twice. Yotamu Saka had the longest drive in men’s section.
Webster Kaunga had the bet front nine (19 points) while Zelda Mende did it in ladies’ category.
Nico General chief executive officer Donbell Mandala said despite the searing heat, it was a fantastic tournament.
“Illovo Sugar (Malawi) plc are one of our biggest clients and this tournament was organised as a way of thanking them for their continued support. We also wanted to thank other clients as well.
“Such types of tournaments offer us an opportunity to interact and get feedback from you, including criticism on where we have gone wrong because you have been part of our growth and success,” he said.
Nico General donated K300 000 for the maintenance of the greens. Nchalo Sports Club golf captain John Mphande thanked the insurance company for its continued support. n