By Dancan Mlanjira – The Daily Times

After a long spell of not winning any title, Ahmed Abbas scored an impressive 22 points to clinch the NICO General Ball Pool golf tournament played at Blantyre Sports Club (BSC) on Wednesday 28 May, 2014.

Playing off handicap 13, Abbas scored 22 points to beat a men’s field of 71 golfers while his runner-up Kenam Siula (also handicap 13) posted 19 points.

There were six golfers who all scored 19 points-Keta Mulwafu (handicap 18), Alex Chitsime (handicap 21), Danie Voslos (handicap 8), Kevin Coombes (handicap 7) and James Shonga (handicap 7) and after count back Mulwafu took the third position.

NICO General also awarded the 4th and 5th placed Chitsime and Voslos.

The ladies category went to 19 handicap Carol Banda, who scored 19 points, counting out Terri Amaro (handicap 21) for second place, who also counted out Roza Mbilizi (handicap 12) on third place.

There was also a special prize for golfers who happened to be in the insurance broker business and this was won by BSC captain Hudson Kantwanje. Kantwanje also went home with the longest drive award on hole number six.

Nearest to the pin for the men on number Voslo while the ladies’ went to Carol Banda. Amaro also won the longest drive on the hole number 2.

” Its been a while since I last won something and it feels great to stand before you and make the champions speech,” champion Abbas said.

” I thank the sponsors for their support because it is through such tournaments that we improve our game”, he said.

NICO General’s CEO Eric Chapola applauded the golfers for their huge turn up, which is a record for a midweek ball pool golf tournament.

We’ll be going to Dwangwa for another tournament and we welcome you to come and join us for a good round of golf,” he said. “We’ll also be in Nchalo for another tournament.

“The idea of these tournaments is to thank you all for your support [in the insurance business] and we cherish it when you still support us by gracing our golf tournaments.

“So please let’s go and enjoy our golf again in Dwangwa and Nchalo,” he said.

In the pictures below, Banda (left) the ladies’ champion poses for a picture and Abbas (right) accepts his prize from NICO General’s CEO Chapola.