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Carol Banda, Furkani Gani win Sparc golf

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Well-known golfers Carol Banda and Furkani Gani started the year on a high note after they emerged champions during a Sparc Systems golf tournament at Blantyre Sports Club on Saturday.

The tournament was meant for ladies, but men were also allowed to participate to make the event exciting.

The tournament attracted a 45 golfers, including 10 women.

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Banda, playing off handicap 22, had a net score of 81 while Margaret Mukwenha, playing off handicap 25, finished on second position with a net of 82.

Beatrice Mangwana, playing off handicap 25, ended on third position with a net score of 85. Doreen Kavala was fourth and Connie Muguvu was fifth.

The ladies champion Banda said the competition was tough because the golf course has changed following the rains.

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“It is a wonderful start to the year. However, the course was difficult and to win I had to struggle,” she said.

Blantyre Sports Club ladies section golf captain, Muguvu, said they allowed men to take part in the tournament to make it exciting and competitive.

“We thank Sparc Systems for the support as we try to promote ladies golf in the country,” she said.

In the men’s section, Gani was first with James Chimwaza finishing on second position while John Shonga was third.

Eric Chapola ended on fourth position while Bashir Sharrif was fifth.

Sparc Systems managing director, Wisely Phiri, said it was not the first time that the firm had sponsored golf.

“Last year, we also sponsored golf as a way of interacting with our clients,” he said.

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