By Duncan Mlanjira
Blantyre Sports Club (BSC) Ladies Golf Section has included men golfers to spice up the quarterly TNM-sponsored tournament this Saturday, February 20.
In each category of the individual stableford tournament, the golfers will vie for trophies for the winner, the runners-up, third place as well as awards in the longest drive and nearest to the pin.
There will also be trophies for the winner and runner-up in the junior girls category.
In a communication from Andrew Ngomwa, the club’s competitions and handicap secretary, says after prize presentation there will be dinner and live band performance.
The K3 million sponsorship was unveiled last week for BSC ladies to compete and it was also announced that the quarterly tournament will be used to prepare for the international junior golf tournament which Malawi intends to host in December this year.
BSC Ladies golf Captain Connie Muguvu-Karuku, at the official sponsorship launch, said the tournament will help the lady golfers to sharpen their skills.
“This sponsorship from TNM comes at a time when ladies are yearning to play more golf in their own category,” she said. “More competitions among ladies mean better lady golfers for the country who can represent Malawi at international level.”
Over 60 ladies are expected to participate in the TNM quarterly tournaments.
TNM has always supported ladies tournaments at BSC as well as the national team in international tournaments.
The mobile service provider also bankrolled the ladies East and Central Africa Regional Challenge which Malawi hosted at Lilongwe Golf Club last year, the first time-ever for Malawi to host a ladies international golf tournament.
TNM’s Chief Commercial Officer Dan Makata said TNM was very passionate to contribute towards the development of ladies golf in Malawi.
“TNM as a Malawian company is always committed to supporting the development of sporting disciplines in the country,” he said. “We believe with such sponsorship like the one we are unveiling will contribute significantly to the development of sports among women and, of course, keeping them in shape.”
Makata said TNM believes that the sponsorship will enhance the growth of golf among women in particular. He said golf, just as many sporting disciplines in Malawi, is dominated by men and the sponsorship will help reverse the trend.