The National Junior Golf Committee’s Southern Region golfing season teed off on a high, with a record 56 participants in the first monthly mug of 2018 staged last Sunday.
Continental Asset Management sponsored the competition which was played at Blantyre Sports Club.
The event, which teed off at 6:30 am but was for about an hour threatened by a possible heavy storm, saw Mungasulwa Kyumbu, a grade five pupil at Royal Heritage Academy, post a 106 gross and 70 nett to emerge the winner in the 18 holes boys’ category.
Playing the individual medal format, Kyumbu beat national team player, Peter Lumbe, by two strokes on nett.
Lumbe, playing off a handicap of seven, went away with a silver medal after posting 79 gross and 72 nett.
Up-and-coming golfer, 10-year-old John-Paul Suzi Banda, settled for bronze with nett 73.
“I would like to thank the sponsors, my coach for teaching me how to play golf and my parents for supporting me. It is the first time that I have won a gold medal in this category and I am so excited,” Kyumbu said.
Zitha Rodrick continued to dominate the junior girls’ category after posting 82 nett.
Runner-up was Talumba Ntaba with 87 nett while Rihanna Coombes settled for bronze.
In the nine holes boys’ categories, Raheel Gaffar, Themba Lungu and Ricky Junior Chikwekwe scooped gold, silver and bronze, respectively.
Tujaliwe Mkavea was the gold medallist in the nine holes girls’ category, with Lohan Siraj and Heather Kampira settling for silver and bronze medals, respectively.
The winners from gold to bronze in the five holes boys’ category were Khameel Gaffar, Alfred Chaloza and Sphiwe Kumalo.
Five holes girls’ category had Annrose Chirwa winning gold, Kalya-Joy Chihana settling for silver medals while Sphiwe Kumalo went home with a bronze medal.
Ashley Chaloza was the winner in the toddlers’ golf section, the three holes category.
In runner-up position was Alvin-Dingaan Chirwa and the youngest player of the tournament, three-year-old Vinjeru Chihana, was the winner of the bronze medals.
Speaking on behalf of the committee, Hariet Marriane, the Honorary Treasurer, thanked the sponsors for making the tournament possible.