Marcus Chalulu shot one under his handicap to win the delayed Southern Region June Junior Golf Mug sponsored by Kips at Blantyre Sports Club on Sunday.
Showing off flashes of brilliance on holes nine and 18, Chalulu got a birdie and a par, respectively. He shot an outstanding 44 strokes on the front nine and 49 on the back to settle for 69 nett.
“I am happy to have won. I am now over 12 years old and I have to play off the men’s tee box and my handicap dropped to 24 because of that. It was tough at first playing off the men’s tee box but I am now very happy to have triumphed,” an excited Chalulu said.
Runner up, nine-year-old Gibrael Lambat, with 86 nett, and Chispin Chima settled for bronze with a nett score of 92.
In the girls’ category, Quasira Lambat was a gold medallist with 86 nett. In second and third places were Talumba Ntaba and Rehanna Coombes, respectively.
Ziyaad Mussa, now Lilongwe-based, beat seven other junior golfers to win gold in the nine-hole boys’ category with Rick Chikwekwe and Aaron Chalidza in second and third positions, respectively. Heather Kampira and Patience Chirwa were gold and silver medallists in the nine-hole girls’ category.
All competing for the first time, the three competitors in the three holes’ category—Mina Karuku, Cameron Maclean and Matty Karuku— settled for gold, silver and bronze, respectively.
Speaking on behalf of the National Junior Golf Committee, South – a committee that works under Golf Union of Malawi – Honorary Treasurer, Hariet Marrian, asked the junior golfers to continue working hard.
Waseem Giga, who is director at Kips, said he was humbled to be part of junior golf development in Malawi.
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