Gymkhana Club golf captain Charles Mukiwa sparkled on home course on Saturday when he won the Britam Insurance Company Limited Golf Tournament in Zomba.
With a score of 41 points, Mukiwa saw off his strongest contender Lester Tandwe by three points while Brigadier General Chikunkha Soko finished third.
Keeping the ball on the fairway was Mukiwa’s centrepiece of his victory in a contest that attracted a field of 64 from as far as Lilongwe and Dwangwa in Nkhotakota.
“I had less pressure and I made sure I kept the ball on the fairway. A two club on hole 15, which is par three, also worked wonders for me.
“As the winner as well as the captain, I also thank Britam for coming to bail us out here in the old capital. It was a wonderful tournament,” said the golfer who received a trophy and an air cooler as his prizes.
In the ladies’ category, Faith Samati from Nchalo Sports Club in Chikwawa, emerged the champion in a tight contest that saw the top three tying on 27 points and had to be separated by countbacks.
Her runner-up was Bose Kamphulusa while Beatrice Fuma was third.
However, despite her victory, Samati was a model of modesty, stating that she did not play well.
“The points speak for themselves, but anyway we had fun out there in the course and I thank the sponsors for such a wonderful tournament,” she said.
Wesley Mataka won the brokers’ category. Eric Kazembe had the longest drive in men’s section while Immaculate Singano hit it real hard in the ladies’ category. Paul Chiona was nearest to the pin.
Britam Insurance chief executive officer (CEO) Grant Mwenechanya described the tournament as a success.
“I am delighted because of the support that you have given us. As Britam, Zomba is dear to us not because of its beauty, but because we have got a lot of customers here and this tournament provided us an opportunity to interact with them as well as potential customers,” he said.
Apart from donating K250 000 towards the maintenance of the greens, the Britam CEO also pledged to assist in the refurbishment of the course.
And there could have been no better way to cap it all for Mwenechanya than with the insurance company’s slogan: “We will be with you every step of the way.” n