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Despite playing in the sun, Charles Merrick and Connie Muguvu-Karuku were unstoppable on Sunday when they excelled in the Optichem Fertilisers Golf Tournament in men's and ladies' categories, respectively, at Mulanje Golf Club (MGC). Playing off handicap-11, Merrick reeled-off three successive birdies on holes 13, 14 and 15 as he accumulated a total of 45 individual stableford points to outclass a field of 56, including second-placed Muhammad Patel who counted out Issa Ngula to third slot with 44 points.

Merrick (R) and Karuku (L) pose with Singh as they show off their trophies "Today, I organised myself to overcome any challenge, including the hot weather because it has been a while since I last won a golf competition. My success today is comforting and satisfying," said Merrick after receiving a trophy, a Telefunken home theatre set and two bags of fertiliser from Optichem (2000) Limited general manager Bobby Singh.

Nevertheless, the going was tough for last year men's champion Donbell Mandala on the undulating golf course as he settled for sixth place with 40 points.but in the eight-golfer ladies' section, the title defence was successful for in-form Muguvu-Karuku, who has added a 13th trophy this year alone. Playing off handicap-16, she amassed 35 points; a point ahead of second-placed Harriet Marian.

"I am very excited to have defended the title. I enjoyed my round of golf today as the fairway was soft despite the hot weather," said Muguvu-Karuku, who had a birdie on the seventh hole and a total of five pars. Singh thanked the golfers for the huge turn out to the company's golf event despite the scorching conditions. "Apart from promoting golf, we organise this annual tournament to interact with both our potential and established clients. We are happy with the turnout and we will be back next year," said Singh..


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