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Welkam Phiri, Doreen Kavala win MTL golf

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Playing off handicap 11, Welkam Phiri played a good round of golf to count out Furkan Gani on 36 points and earn MTL Golf Championship at Blantyre Sports Club on Saturday.

Phiri, who has been in good form lately, posted 16 points on the front nine and 20 on return to emerge the best among 78 golfers in the tournament.

In his victory speech, Phiri said he was proud to be part of MTL’s 87-year history in Malawi.

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“When I was in college and I wanted to talk to my mother in Nkhata- Bay, I used to send her a letter to tell her that I would call her in two weeks. She used to walk 10 Kilometres to access a telephone. Now, I don’t struggle to communicate with her because she uses an MTL phone. In fact, I called her to tell her I had won this championship,” explained Phiri, drawing a round of applause from fellow golfers.

In the ladies’ division, Doreen Kavala, emerged the best after posting 37 points, whereas Harriet Mariam finished second with 35 points.

Chadwick Mphande won the seniors’ category with 32 points.

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In the subsidiary prizes, Harold Lungu won the men’s longest drive on hole number two while the same accolade went to Teri Amaro in the ladies’ division.

Connie Muguvu won the ladies’ nearest to the pin, which also went to Allen Mukwena in the men’s division.

MTL’s chief executive officer, Harry Gombachika, said MTL was back in golf for good after sponsoring another tournament in Mzuzu two weeks ago.

“We at MTL are in a transition. Our renewed mission is to provide quality communication solutions in the country. We see ourselves transforming people’s lives through communication. We want to be with golfers in offering communication solutions. Golf is a good platform for stakeholders to communicate about several businesses,” he said.

MTL then donated K350,000 to Blantyre Sports Club for maintenance of the greens.

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