Kasunda, Chafunya win memorial golf tourney

Tamara Chafunya


The first ever Lilongwe Golf Club Memorial Golf tournament attracted 90 golfers and it was Lilongwe City Council (LCC) spokesperson, Tamara Chafunya who emerged champion in the female category while Presidential Press Secretary, Anthony Kasunda was the men's category winner.

Chafunya expressed her excitement for being crowned champion in the tournament.

“I am one year plus old into golfing, and was not anticipating I would come out a champion in the ladies category bearing in mind that the tournament was participated by great female golfers and legends in golf.

“My achievement is a great honour to the fallen heroes. One of the fallen heroes is my late uncle and I am so excited to be the champion. This also means my golf is getting better,” Chafunya said.

Anthony Kasunda
Men's champion: Kasunda

Lilongwe Golf Club chairperson, Boyd Luwe, said his club appreciates contributions made by the fallen golfers to Lilongwe Golf Club as well as the entire golf game development in the country.

“The Memorial Golf Tournament has been introduced as one way of acknowledging contributions made by these fallen golfers,” he said.

Luwe promised to sustain the memorial golf tournament which he said will be conducted after every two years

The fallen golfers who were celebrated included former Malawi High Commissioner to Zambia, Khuma Sendeza, Smile Namagoya, Stellard Mpata, David Church, Alfie Raaman, General Joseph Chimbayo and Sam Ngwira among others.

Sendeza's daughter Jean Sendeza who is also Minister of Homeland Security said: “My father, late Khuma Sendeza, liked to play golf so much and used to spend most of his time with friends here at Lilongwe Golf Club, and was commonly known by the name Zimpweteka.

“For this reason, I am pleased to see that Lilongwe Golf Club has decided to cherish its fallen golfers like my father, by coming up with a memorial golf tournament,” Sendeza said.

She, therefore, urged Lilongwe Golf Club to sustain the memorial golf tournament so that the works of the fallen golfers in developing the golf game in the country should be acknowledged.