LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-A Malawian professional golfer Paul Chidale emerged as the overall winner in this year’s Seed-Co Lilongwe Open golf tournament that took place from .
The tournament took place at Lilongwe golf club starting from Friday, November 13 up to Sunday November 15, 2020.
The Seed-Co Lilongwe open golf tournament attracted foreign professional golfers and local golfers.
Chidale who is also a member of Lilongwe Golf Club won the first prizes of US$2600 plus a trophy from Seed-Co Malawi Ltd and an additional MK300,000 from Sawa Group.
Chidale beat Robson Chinoi from Zimbabwe with 7 shots in the final.
He told reporters after the tournament that the game was touch that he could not believe that would be the champion.
Chidale cited playing with many professional players who are very experienced that winning the tournament was far much reached.
“I was in Nairobi playing with Chinoi we were practicing together in Nairobi and he was playing better than me so I had to come back here and practice to prepare for this tournament and it was really tough knowing that I will be playing with good players like Chinoi and Wemba.
“It was indeed very difficult for me to win this tournament but all in all I thank God that I have done it and I managed to win the tournament, and the other thing that made me to win this tournament is that I was playing at my home ground,” said Chidale.
Seed-co Managing Director Boyd Luwe expressed gratitude for hosting the second edition of Seed-Co Lilongwe open golf tournament.
“You know Seed-Co Lilongwe open golf tournament is an event that we have decided to do to support the growth of golf in the country. It is an event that we have invested heavily to celebrate 80 years of existence as a company, 80 years of supporting farmers and 80 years of great innovators.
“So we thought the best way to thank Malawians, to thank our farmers who buy our products was to invest some money in this golf tournament as you know golf is a game that is played across all age groups. So as Seed-co we are proud, this is investing back in the community. It is an event that we spent MK20 Million just to make sure that we thank Malawians,” said Luwe.
Professional Golfers Association of Malawi (PGAMW) President, retired Malawi army general Henry Odillo, commended Seed-Co Malawi Limited for the sponsorship saying it is the biggest tournament this year after the Covid-19 pandemic affected the sport.
This year’s tournament was participated by local golfers as well those from other Countries including Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Out of 29 professional Golfers- 11 were Malawians, nine Zambians, seven Zimbabweans and two South Africans. Paul Chidale a Malawian won the tournament seconded by Zimbabwean Robson Chinoi and at number 3 a Zambian Sydney Wemba.
The country’s premier seed manufacturer–Seed Co Malawi Limited used MK20 Million towards the tournament. .