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Andrew Ngomwa, Joleen Bapu shine in National Bank golf

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Andrew Ngomwa and Joleen Bapu produced outstanding performances to emerge victorious during the National Bank of Malawi (NBM) Golf Tournament at Blantyre Sports Club on Saturday.

Ngomwa, playing off handicap 19, scored 38 points to win the championship for the men’s category whereas Bapu, playing off handicap 30, had 36 points as she triumphed in the ladies’ section.

Ngomwa said he did not expect to win the tournament.

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“I wasn’t feeling well and I just took some medicine as a precaution. I came here to enjoy and relax, otherwise, I thought I could not compete effectively. It was until I hit some balls well that I realised that I had a chance to win,” he said.

Steve Chanje settled for second position with 36 points while playing off handicap 18.

Gift Gondwe, playing off handicap 23, collected 35 points to occupy third position.

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In the ladies’ category, Bapu was followed by Jochebes Mpanga on second position and Lillian Kawaza on third.

Bapu said it was her major success having launched her golf career recently.

“I thank my playing partners for supporting me. This has motivated me to play well so as to reduce my handicap,” she said.

Mpanga, playing off handicap 33, amassed 34 points whereas third-placed, Kawaza, playing off handicap 23, collected 33 points.

In individual categories, Harriet Marian hit the longest drive in the ladies’ section on hole number seven whereas Aulia Alfazema won the nearest to-the pin on the first hole.

In the men’s section, Furkani Gani hit the longest drive on hole 13 with William Mabulekesi earning a rare applause after scoring nearest to-the pin on hole 14.

NBM Head of Strategy, Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Wilkins Mijiga, said they organised the tournament because the bank appreciates the role which golfers play in driving Malawi’s economy.

“We wanted to take time to interact with them and get feedback,” he said.

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