Patrick Chiona used home course advantage to perfection on Saturday to win the national bank of Malawi (NBM ) golf tournament as the bank of the nation returned to Gymkhana club after a couple of years
In the ladies category, it was Nchalo Sports club golfer, Faith Samati who carried the day.
Chiona amassed 41 stable ford points-three clear of his team mate Boniface Tivalenji who counted out Goodwin Chinseu while Stevie Chisale was fourth with 37 points.
The men’s champion said. “I know the course very well and I think I played a huge part to my success and the return of the sponsor (NBM was a big motivation.’’
In the women’s category, the 29 handicapped Samati had 43 points, seven ahead of her runner up Immaculate Kachapira.
In Her Victory voice, Samati said it was her first time to play at Gymkhana and it felt good to win.
“I thank God, it wasn’t easy at all. I had four pars that contributed to my success. Many thanks to National Bank for this wonderful tournament.” She said
NBM Chief Executive officer McFussy Kawawa said they were overwhelmed with the response on the return to the old capital
“We are happy to be back here after some time. There were reasons for our absence. The turnout was better than we expected. We had golfers from Lilongwe, Mulanje, Nchalo and Blantyre among others and the message was clear that the golfers love the national bank brand.”
“Golf allows us to interact with our customers in a relaxed atmosphere and it also provides an opportunity for golfers to mingle and network.” He said
Gymkhana club captain Francis Mwamadi thanked NBM for returning to Zomba. A field of 68 golfers took part in the tournament.
The bank used tournament to bid farewell to its Zomba service centre manager Thom Chimkowola who will be retiring soon and will be replaced by Maureen Gwembere.