Welkam Phiri on Saturday stood head and shoulders above a field of 74 golfers after winning the Sparc Systems Golf Tournament at Blantyre Sports Club (BSC).
Played amid high temperatures in Blantyre, the handicap-16 golfer registered 39 stableford points to pip his runner-up and BSC golf captain Sam Mwale, third and fourth-placed Alfred Chikale and Edward Kauka who tied on 38 points and were separated through a countback.
After a poor start on the first hole, Mwale turned on a classic display to score 19 points on the front nine and then 20 points on the back.
“I started very badly, but I was a bit patient because I knew it was a long journey and I would turn the corner and that’s what exactly happened.
“I was able to make a move at the right time. In fact, I foresaw my victory because before I left home, I told my wife that I had this feeling that this could be my day,” he said.
With a score of 36 points, 24-handicapped Doreen Kavala won the ladies category while Diana Kambale (23 handicap) came second with 35 points. Joline Perreira (20-handicap) was third with 33 points.
Connie Karuku had the longest drive on hole 13 in ladies section while Chikale did it in men’s section. Nabir Gaffar was nearest to the pin on hole 12.
Sparc Systems managing director Wisely Phiri said the tournament was meant to appreciate their clients’ support for the four years they have been operational.
“Today, it is not about us, rather it is about appreciating your support because we have been around because of you.
“Because of that support, we are able to sponsor golf and two weeks ago, we sponsored a national junior tennis tournament and for that, we say thank you,” he said.
The BSC golf captain also hailed the local information and communications technology firm for its continued support towards golf.
Sparc Systems also donated K100 000 towards the maintenance of the greens. n