Mkumbwa, Mbilizi win Malawi’s Nico Golf tournament

Nchalo Golf Club member Dr Alber Mkumbwa defied all odds to win Nico General Insurance Golf tournament played on individual stableford format held at Nchalo Golf Club on Saturday.

Mkumbwa made amends for unimpressive front nine performance in which he only managed 15 points carded 21 points back nine to beat his nearest rivals Harold Lungu and Henry Sisya who settled for second and third positions respectively.

Lungu, who is enjoying his game after going through a bad patch, scored 35 points while Sisya managed 34 points to seal off a podium position bracket.

In subsidiary prizes, Charles Merrick won the longest drive on with Patrick Kambwiri winning nearest to the pin award.

In the ladies category, Roza Mbilizi, added another trophy to her cabinet after emerging the champion with 29 points. Doreen Kavala, who has also been in winning mood of late, settled for second with 26 points and Zelda Merrick was on third.

Mbilizi capped a championship performance by winning the longest drive accolade.

In Nchalo Close competition, John Mphande Jnr won the crown with 35 points pushing his father John Mphande to second with 33 points and Ian Kambwiri’s 31 points took him to third position. Mkumbwa attributed his victory to the good conditions of the course.

“I am very happy to have won the competition because this is just the third competition I have participated this year,” Dr Mkumbwa said.

“The prizes are fabulous and the trophies magnificent.”

A representative of Nchalo Golf Club Dan Sibale said Nico General Insurance Company had been supportive to the club.

“Nico General Insurance Company has been faithful to this golf club and every time they come bigger and better,” Sibale said.

Nico General Insurance Company Chief Executive Officer Eric Chapola saluted the golfers who responded to the invitation to participate in the competition.

He said they had problems to accommodate the 78 golfers who participated. The CEO also promised to sponsor another tournament next week.

“We will be back next year for sure. Illovo is one of our biggest clients,” Chapola said.

Nico General Insurance Company also donated K200,000 towards golf maintenance.


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