Chidale finishes third in TZ
Malawian professional golfer Paul Chidale was in fine form over the weekend as he finished third at the Tanzania Open played at Kili Golf Club in Arusha, Tanzania.
Chidale recovered from a bad start on Friday when he shot +7 first day 9 shots behind the experienced Dismas Indiza who posted -2 gross 70.
But he pulled up his socks on Saturday to break into the top five out of 38 golfers with another Malawian, Adam Sailesi, also making the cut on +15.
After an intense battle on the course, Chidale cruised to the next round on the final day, Sunday, along with 17 golfers.
He posted an outstanding level par gross of 72 to earn himself bronze at the competition.
Kenya’s Dismas Indiza carried the day with 70, 73, 78 while another Kenyan, Justus Madoya came second after amassing 78, 74, 74 against Chidale’s 79, 76, 72.
For his achievement, Chidale pocketed $500, (about K375,000), from the competition which was basically for amateurs with several professionals being allowed to participate in.
Chidale described the competition as tough as it had several challenges.
“It was a difficult golf course to play on especially when it comes to the tee shorts. Once you miss the fairway, you would end up in thick rough bushes which made the whole game challenging.
“It was only after the first round when I changed my game plan that my scores dropped and results began to come. Otherwise the tournament was good and very competitive,” he said.
Professional Golfers Association of Malawi President, Partridge Shycal, said they were excited with their players’ performance.
“The players have proved that they can make the grade at the international level. They did all they could to win and we are pleased with their performance. We pay tribute to our untiring supporter, our true partner, Malawian Airlines.
“This partner has always given us the much needed assistance of flight tickets for our players to participate in these regional tours. We are wholly indebted to management and staff of Malawian Airlines for their support,” Shycal said.