A unanimous decision from fellow golfers restored Nickson Makawa as the champion of this year’s Airtel Thyolo Golf Tournament at Thyolo Sports Club on Sunday.
Earlier, due to the fact that he is an Airtel employee, the organising committee had withdrawn Makawa from the top prize.
Thyolo Sports Club golf captain, Plem Singh, said the decision to withdraw Makawa did not go down well with the fellow golfers who unanimously challenged it.
Makawa, Airtel Zonal Sales Manager for the Eastern Region, emerged the winner with 45 points and was awarded a trophy, a state-of-the-art Sumsung phone and K20, 000 worth of airtime.
He, however, donated the phone to golfer, Charles Mukiwa, while airtime was given to Thyolo Sports Club.
“Being someone who works for Airtel, I saw that it was worth donating the prizes to our customers. Actually, it is not my first victory because I have been a runner-up on several occasions. To my credit, this is my seventh trophy,” Makawa said.
In the ladies’ category, Bose Kamphulusa won with 41 points while Margaret Mkwanda finished on second position with 40 points.
Airtel Director of Enterprise, Rachael Mijiga, who represented Airtel Managing Director, Charles Kamoto, described the tournament, which attracted 78 golfers, as successful.
“We sponsor this to interact with the corporate customers and business captains. The policy at Airtel is that if a member of staff or a relative wins a prize, they are supposed to donate it. However, they can keep the trophy,” Mijiga explained before donating K200, 000 to Thyolo Sports Club for the greens’ maintenance.
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