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By Francis Tayanjah-Phiri

Shepard Tembo won the inaugural NICO General Golf tournament in Mzuzu while Masauko Chiomba finished second. The coming in of NICO General in the Mzuzu golf world has obviously added hope to the rejuvenation of he game in the region, which has big and upcoming names.

Tembo, who in an interview vowed to continue staying at the summit of any golf competition at the Mzuzu Golf Club, is coincidentally the Club's captain. "It is has been a wonderful tournament and I thank fellow golfers for taking part in this. What I know is that in golf nobody loses and everyone of you is a winner in just participating as our sore aim was to put that small ball into the small hole," said the debut champion, beaming with pride.

For his win, NICO General awarded Tembo with TV screen and a floating trophy. "I thank NICO General for this tournament which will indeed make a difference to golf in the region," he said. Chiomba, despite being green in the game, shocked seasoned golfers like Rodger Nkhwazi and Viday Yadav. However Yadav still smiled out of the day when he won nearest to pin award while Nkhwazi was named most golfer.

He was awarded with a pair of binoculars 'to enable him see better the golf course'. Mike Nyirenda was third and received the prize of a bicycle. In the ladies category, veteran golfer Joyce Trinidade emerged the winner while Charity Kawonga was second. NICO General's Assistant General Manager (Marketing & Production) Lester Chinyang'anya, said the event would be made annual. "We decided to sponsor golf here in Mzuzu because we first started operating in Mzuzu in 1978 hence this event coincides with our cerebration of 30 years of existence in this city," he said.

NICO General's General Manager Eric Chapola echoed the sentiments; stressing Mzuzu was one of the areas that had significantly contributed to the growth of the company's operations. NICO contributed K80, 000 to assist the golf club maintain some bad spots of the course, adding that was an indication they have come to stay on the Mzuzu golf scene.

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