Zambia’s Melissa Nawa yesterday won the 2013 Zambia Ladies Open Golf Championship with a runaway 8-shot cushion over defending champion Devanshi Naik.

Nawa shot another impressive round of the lush greens of Lusaka Golf Club yesterday, carding 75 for a tally of 227 over three rounds.
Naik saw her game collapse yesterday as she brought home a forgettable score of 83 for a total of 237.  She had kept the title in sight after the first two days having shot 77 on either day.

Uganda’s Flavia Namakula finished third after carding 79 yesterday to go to 238 over three rounds.
But Nawa’s consistent good play was too much for the whole field of 104 golfers having shot 73 on day and 79 on the second day.

“I am happy that I put up an impressive performance after finishing badly in the East and Central Africa championship,” the beaming Melissa said after walking of the 18th hole with the title.

“They gave me a good run but am happy that I also challenged them (Devanshi and Flavia) in one way or another).”

Her trainer, Stephen Nawa, her father, said she deserved the win.

In the fourth  place was Tanzania’s Iddi Madina on 239, followed by Tina Nawa who tallied 242, largely because of yesterday’s disastrous score of 87 have carded 77 and 78 on the first two days.

The field had golfers from Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Reunion, Malawi, Uganda and Zimbabwe, some of whom competed in last week’s East and Central Africa championship which Zambia won.

By CECILIA ZULU