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International golf tourney gathers momentum

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By Eric Msikiti:

The 2019 Malawi Ladies Open Strokeplay Championship continues to garner support in the corporate world, with Corporate Colours donating K1.5 million.

The competition will take place next month at Lilongwe Golf Club with competitors from at least six African nations expected to take part.

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Speaking after receiving the donation in Blantyre, Ladies Golf Union of Malawi (LGUM) Vice President, Bose Kamphulusa, said the support from companies and organisations was motivating them to organise a great tournament.

Kamphulusa said the union’s next challenge is to bring more women into the game ahead of the competition.

“A lot of women have now started showing interest in the sport but the number remains on the lower side compared to that of men. Our biggest challenge has always been negative perceptions towards the game as many think that golf is a man’s sport. But still, we have seen a rise in the number of women taking part in golf,” she said.

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Kamphulusa said preparations for the international showpiece were at an advanced stage.

Corporate Colours Lead Consultant, Derrick Chirombo, said the company made the donation as part of its corporate social responsibility.

“We also want to encourage Malawian women to play golf regularly. We know that the number of women who play golf in the country is still on the lower side and we want more ladies to join. So as a Malawian company, we feel the championship provides a good opportunity to encourage local women’s participation in the sport,” Chirombo said.

Several other companies and organisations such as Sparks Limited, Old Mutual and National Bank, have also made monetary donations towards the tournament.

Malawi last hosted the tournament in the 1970s.

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