A score of 45 points was enough to give Paul Chidale a comprehensive victory across a field of 48 golfers in the Optichem Golf tournament held in Thyolo on Sunday.
He followed up a front nine of 21 with an impressive 24 on the back nine as he beat Angad Mehta (42) by three with Gerson Mehta coming in third on 40 points.
Straight from a 4th place finish in the Blantyre Lions Club Charity Golf tournament at Mbawa Golf Course the previous day, Chidale impressive touch on the browns of the 9-hole Thyolo Golf Club course.
His round included 7 birdies and he also powered the longest drive of the day while Justice John Katsala fired the nearest shot to the pin.
“I played fantastic golf. With the way I played at Mbawa on Saturday I knew that I had a chance of winning this tournament,” said Chidale.
“The competition was tough because there were some other golfers who were playing off a better handicap. I’m optimistic i can continue this run of form and win the coming events.
Chidale attributed his improved play on the back nine to the rhythm he had found in his game during the first nine holes.
“Actually the front nine was a bit difficult because I wasn’t yet warmed up, it was almost like a practice round,” he said.
“But the back nine was fantastic because I got my rhythm back during the front nine and that’s why I was able to improve my golf and play much better afterwards.”
In the ladies category, Arnes Araujo posted a remarkable 38 points score to beat Lillian Kawaza into second place.
Araujo also had the nearest to the pin shot of the day to show for her achievements and she said the hard work she had put into her game paid dividends.
“It takes a lot of hard work. I haven’t been playing for quite some time but I was practicing during the week and in the end it paid off. I’m very happy,” she said.
“My play was evenly balanced. I posted 18 points on the back nine but my first nine was better because I posted 20 points.”
Meanwhile the sponsors Optichem donated K100,000 to Thyolo Golf Club for maintenance of the golf course.
The company’s general manager Bobby Singh said they were delighted with the turn-out of the golfers plus the level of competitiveness they displayed on the day.
“We’re quite impressed with the turnout and the weather was perfect for golf giving the players an opportunity to enjoy their shots,” said Singh.
“We’re very happy with the level of competition and it was a fair game being played here evidenced by the bright faces and smiles of the players showing that they’re enjoying every minute of it.”