Kaingwe, Banda conquer TNM Golf


Bregger Kaingwe on Saturday finally conquered TNM plc Invitational Golf Tournament after four attempts as Carol Mbalanje-Banda relived her 2014 glory in the ladies’ category at Nchalo Golf Club in Chikwawa.

Under the scorching sun, Kaingwe strategised how he could banish his swing demons that have been tormenting him in the three previous events and he passed the test with flying colours on the undulating Nchalo greens.

Makata flanked by TNM golf champions Kaingwe (L) and Banda

A total of four birdies on first, third, fourth and eighth holes played a crucial role for the handicap-six golfer to hit a decent score of 44 individual stableford points and repel contention from over 70 contestants, including his runner-up Davie Sibande (39 points) and third-placed Peter Matiru (38 points).

“I had an excellent round of golf today,” Kaingwe said. “I played beyond my expectation and it feels great to finally win the TNM tournament after three failed attempts.”

As for Mbalanje-Banda, Nchalo’s hosting of the TNM contest for the three years provided her with a piece of inspiration to relive the good moments she had when she grabbed the ladies’ crown at the same venue in 2014.

With 30 points, the handicap-20 golfer managed to count out Estelle Roberts to second.

Crispin Ng’oma won the seniors category whereas eight other golfers, including Nchalo golf captain John Mphande, Harold Lungu, Yotamu Saka and Ajay Singh found solace in hitting two-clubs.

TNM chief officer (consumer services) Daniel Makata, who was accompanied by chief officer (enterprise services) Vishwajeet Deshmukh and senior manager (consumer services) Madalitso Jonazi, said the converged mobile network and information and communications technology (ICT) service providers organised the event “to interact with golfers and  promote ICT advancements through ‘Think Digital’ theme.” n

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