Gift Kawamba (left), Duncan Chizamkufa (center) and General Henry Odillo (right) at the news conference

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Twenty nine professional golfers drawn from Malawi, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa are expected to compete for the first prize of US$1500 in a golf tournament which premier seed manufacturer–Seed Co Malawi Limited, has sponsored to the tune of US$5000.

The competition, dubbed Seed Co Lilongwe Open Golf Tournament, will be hosted by Lilongwe Golf Club from 13 to 15 November, 2020.

Speaking Tuesday during a news conference at Lilongwe Golf Club, President for Professional Golfers Association of Malawi (PGAMW)–retired Malawi army general Henry Odillo–commended Seed Co Malawi Limited for the sponsorship, saying it is the biggest golf tournament this year after the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic affected the sport.

“Our players are extremely excited and well prepared to participate in the tournament. It is a good start for PGAMW. We would like to see our young players graduating and playing at a higher professional level because they have the potential. We just need more of these sponsorships and encouragements,” said Odillo.

According to the PGAMW president, out of the 29 professional golfers–11 are Malawians, nine Zambians, seven Zimbabweans and two South Africans.

He further said the golfers on positions 2 to 10, will share the remaining USD3500.

Taking his turn, Commercial Director for Seed Co Malawi Limited, Gift Kawamba, said it was a pleasure for his company to have an opportunity to sponsor a golf tournament, again.

“Every year at a time like this one, particularly just before the rainy season, we sponsor a golf tournament. This presents to us an opportunity to interact with our stakeholders that include farmers, customers and decision makers in the agriculture sector. It is also an opportunity for us to contribute to the development of golf,” said Kawamba.

And in his remarks, Vice Captain for Lilongwe Golf Club, Duncan Chizamkufa, said all is set for the Seed Co Lilongwe Open Golf Tournament come Friday

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