John-Gift Mwakhwawa turned on a master-class performance to win the Ecobank Malawi Golf Tournament at Blantyre Sports Club (BSC) on Saturday.
Birdies on holes 17 and 18 were the centrepiece of the 11-handicaped (h/c) golfer’s victory who had 66 net.
Mwakhwawa, who saw off a field of 84, received a K200 000 Game Stores shopping voucher and a trophy as his prizes.
“I played really well in the last two holes to finish with my chest in. To Ecobank, I say thank you for the wonderful tournament. Before today, many of us thought you were just a bank among banks. Now we know you are a bank that is the bank,” he said.
Mwakhwawa counted out Lance Pinto (h/c8) in a tight contest that went down to the wire. Pinto received K100 000 Game Stores shopping voucher and a trophy.
With 68 net, Anthony Kasunda (h/c 16) was third and got a K70 000 Game voucher. He counted out James Chimwaza.
Donbell Mandala had the longest drive on hole 15 while Clement Kafuwa was nearest to the pin on hole one.
Stevie Ngwira, Gift Chidya Gondwe, Edward Kauka and Kafuwa had two clubs.
Ecobank managing director Charles Asiedu said they sponsored the tournament to showcase their products to golfers, “in particular the partnership we have with Ethiopian Airlines whereby you can buy an air ticket through the internet”.
He thanked the golfers for taking part in the tournament which was oversubscribed and had 15 golfers on reserve list.
“The event has been a success because of your participation and we had a good interaction with you,” he said.
Asiedu said apart from golf, the bank sponsored the pre-season Charity Shield football tournament to the tune of K12 million for the cause of persons with albinism and also donated K6 million towards flood victims.
On Saturday, Ecobank donated K200 000 towards the maintenance of the greens. BSC golf captain Keta Mulwafu thanked Ecobank for its support. n