Shahid breaks par to seize opening-round lead

Royal Palm Golf, Country Club & PAF Golf Club, Lahore

LAHORE: Shahid Hanif of Lahore Gymkhana struck a one-under 71 as the four-round Pakistan Golf Federation Qualifying School Event 2021-22 teed off simultaneously at the Royal Palm Golf Course and the PAF Skyview Golf Course here on Tuesday.

Shahid was the only golfer to break par on the opening day, with six others on 72, including Muhammed Bilal, Zulfiqar Ali and Aamir Khan of Rawalpindi Golf Club and Asif Shafi, Mohammad Asif and Minhaj Maqsood from PAF Golf Club.

Another five golfers are a further shot adrift, including Syed Bilal Hussain Shah, Ali Asghar, Nasir Masih, Mohammad Siddique and Sandeel Dawood.


Record-breaking Omar Khalid wins tHE 60TH National Amateur Golf Crown

Karachi Golf Club, Karsaz

KARACHI-Fast-rising youngster Omar Khalid created history on Sunday when he comfortably won the 60th National Amateur Golf Championship of Pakistan to become the youngest ever player to claim the country’s most prestigious title.

Omar, an O Levels student from Karachi, played a dream final round of two-under-par 70 to win the coveted National amateur crown by a whopping five-shot margin at the Karachi Golf Club. He is by far the youngest player to win Pakistan’s national championship. Ralfay Raja from Rawalpindi finished as the runner-up.

In the seniors category Col Rustam Ali won the title while Karachi’s Azhar Abbas was the Runner-up. Lahore’s Rimsha Ijaz won the ladies title while her sister Parkha Ijaz was the Runner-up.


Yashal Shah shows luster in Nick Faldo Golf trials

PAF Skyview Golf & Country Club, Lahore

LAHORE-The three-day trials for the selection of three-member boys team and two-member girls team for representing Pakistan in the Nick Faldo Series Grand Final to be played in Hanoi, Vietnam in March 2021, came to an inspiring end on Sunday here at wonderful PAF Skyview Golf Course under the supervision of Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF) team comprising Air Commodore Tariq Usman and Zahid Iqbal.

Distinction and notability in these trials was achieved by S Yashal Shah of Karachi Golf Club in under-16 age group. High flier in age batch under-18 was Mekayl Majid of Defence Raya while the whiz kid in age bracket under-21 was Nouman Ilyas of Lahore Garrison. As for the girls, the illustrious ones were Hamna Amjad of AGC (under-16) and Parkha Ijaz of Defence Raya (under-21).

During the final round on Sunday, Yashal of under-16 category turned out to be the boy of brilliance with an aggregate of 222. The runner-up in the under-16 category was his Karachi club mate Omar Khalid who played impressively but could not capture the top slot. Under-18 top one turned out to be Mikayl Majid of Defence Raya with a three-day aggregate of 226. His rival during was Damil Ataullah, who had to be content with the runner-up slot.


Shabbir Won 47th Pakistan Open Golf Championship Title

Rawalpindi Golf Club

RAWALPINDI: Muhammad Shabbir of Islamabad registered title victory in the 47th Pakistan Open Golf Championship, which concluded at the 135-year old Rawalpindi Golf Club Golf Course on Sunday.

According to PGF spokesman, Shabbir showed ample intensity and sparkle in this title bearing premier event of the National Golf Calendar to surface as Pakistan open champion for 2020-21, seizing the national title for the fifth time. He was the man of eminence at the closing 18th hole on the final day, where he was virtuous enough to embrace his 21-year-old young opponent Ahmed Baig of PAF Skyview Golf Club complimenting him for ending up the championship as runner-up. The four rounds scores achieved by Shabbir were 71, 72, 73 and a remarkable 67 in the final round with aggregate score of 283, five under par.

The scores of Ahmed were 70, 70, 76 and a 70 in the fourth round, aggregate being 286, two under par. The third position was secured by Muhammad Munir of Rawalpindi Golf Club through four rounds scores 77, 71, 70 and 69 with an aggregate of 287, one under par. The comment from the winner was heartening. “Young Ahmed Baig possesses all the traits of a champion and though I have won, I feel sorry for my young rival and hope this experience will add to his maturity and bring rewards and dividends for him in future,” said Shabbir.


Shabbir Iqbal lifts PGF Match Play Golf Championship Title

Royal Palm Golf & Country Club, Lahore

LAHORE: The PGF Match Play Golf Championship 2020 came to a conclusion after five days of difficult and arduous golf for the top ranked professionals and skillful amateurs at the notable Royal Palm Club Golf Course here on Sunday. This was an event of national standing contested in the first two rounds on stroke play basis and then the top 16 performers in the professional category and the top 16 in amateur category faced each other in match play contests which led to eliminations and produced two unbeaten ones in the professional section and two in the amateur section. These unbeaten and elated ones were professionals Muhammad Shabbir Iqbal (Islamabad) and Mohammad Munir (Rawalpindi Golf Club). And in the amateur race, they were Qasim Ali Khan (Gymkhana) and Salman Jahangir, also from Gymkhana, and they faced each other in a 36 holes encounter yesterday.


Peshawar’s Zahir takes lead as PGF’s Q-School begins

Karachi Golf Club & Airmen Golf Club, Recreational Park Karachi

KARACHI: The Covid-19 lockdown on golf officially ended here on Thursday when the four-day Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF) Qualifying School teed off at the Karachi Golf Club (KGC) with almost 300 players featuring in it.

Since March this year when Islamabad Golf Club hosted the National Amateur Championship, there hasn’t been any organised golfing tournament in the country because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But with things getting better, the PGF finally decided to allow the staging of the Q-School which will help select dozens of golfers for the national professional circuit. A total of 52 professionals, 18 senior professionals and 15 junior professionals will earn the right to feature on the national professional circuit. The Top-40 players of the country are exempted on Money list and other 5 are exempted as Top 5 of Development Tour from the Q-school.

Vying for the PGF ‘professional card’ which can get a player a direct entry to the fast growing national professional circuit, the aspiring golfers will be taking part in a total of four rounds at KGC and the Airmen Golf Club. The prestigious KGC is hosting the first leg of the PGF Q-School event while the final leg will be held at the AGC which is counted among the longest and most challenging golf courses in the country.

In the opening round on Thursday, the participating golfers found the going tough at KGC with Peshawar’s Zahir Shah taking a slim one-shot lead after firing a steady round of par-72.
In second place was KGC’s Rofin Shamim, who carded 73. Rofin, who is known among his peers as ‘Tiger’ because of his resemblance to the legendary Tiger Woods, is hoping to secure a PGF card by doing well in the Q-School. In third place was the duo of Lahore’s Aadil Jahangir and Peshawar’s Azmat Khan, who both shot 74.

In the ladies gross competition that was played for the main trophy, Hamna Amjad (227) scooped up the title with Aania Farooq (244) and Suneyah Osama (246) finishing second and third respectively. Ladies net trophy was won by Shahnaz Saleem (224) with Syeda Iman Ali Shah (228) and Ayesha Moazzam (230) finishing second and third respectively.

They were trailed by a total of nine golfers at 75 – Amir Khan, Ahmed Saeed, Asif Ali, Azhar Khan, Latif Rafiq, M Khalid, M Rehman, Shahid Parvez and Suleman Akhtar.

They were trailed by a total of nine golfers at 75 – Amir Khan, Ahmed Saeed, Asif Ali, Azhar Khan, Latif Rafiq, M Khalid, M Rehman, Shahid Parvez and Suleman Akhtar.

Commodore Ghazanfar Abbas, the tournament director, said that all players were following Covid-9 SOPs. The Q-School is a PGF event being held in collaboration with Sindh Golf Association (SGA), KGC and AGC.


Ghazanfar Lifts National Amateur Golf Trophy

Islamabad Club, Golf Course

Ghazanfar Mehmood stood tall, securing par 72 in the final round to win the 59th National Amateur Championship title following a competitive last day’s play at the Islamabad Club course here Sunday.

The leading amateur golfer went into the final round with four under 140 over days and maintained that score following a brief hiccup early Sunday morning and then recovering well to win the title.

Ghazanfar aggregated four under 212 for three days. The golfer from Rawalpindi had two bogeys going into the 12th hole, where he succeeded in carding birdie and on three-stroke hole No 14, he was seen sinking in long range put to gain another stroke to go four under on aggregate.

He finished the third round from where he started Sunday. Taimoor Khan had a poor last round where he was seen carding eight over 80 to finish on fourth ultimately. He got an aggregate of nine over 225 for three days. Zubair Hussain (223) carded 73 in the final to finish runner-up in the gross event with Tariq Mehmood who got an aggregate 224 managed third position.

Tariq, however, emerged winner in the net category meant for handicap players seven and under getting an aggregate 215 over three days. He was followed by Raja Muhammad Israr (218) and Salman Khan (220) for second and third positions, respectively.
Alamgir Shah (143) was the winner in the net category 12 and below senior category that was played over 36 holes. Qaiser Hussain (146) and Javed Ahmad Khan (148) finished second and third respectively.

In the ladies gross competition that was played for the main trophy, Hamna Amjad (227) scooped up the title with Aania Farooq (244) and Suneyah Osama (246) finishing second and third respectively. Ladies net trophy was won by Shahnaz Saleem (224) with Syeda Iman Ali Shah (228) and Ayesha Moazzam (230) finishing second and third respectively.

Federal Golf Association has already won the Inter-Association main trophy with KP Association finishing runners-up.

Punjab got the top position with Federal Golf Association finishing as runner in the seniors team event (55 and above).

Pakistan had already won the international team event and JR Jayewardene Trophy which was played on the opening two days. Pakistan team was consisting of Taimoor Khan and Zohaib Asif.


Pakistan clinch International team title at 59th National Amateur Golf

Islamabad Club Golf Course

Pakistan team captured the International Team title in the 59th National Amateur Golf Championships at the Islamabad Club Golf Course here on Saturday.

The Team comprised Taimoor Khan, Zohaib Asif and registered a two-day aggregate of 303.


Pakistan win JR Jaywardene Golf Trophy in National Amateur Golf

Islamabad Club Golf Course

Pakistan won the JR Jaywardene Golf Trophy in the 59th National Amateur Golf 2020 at the Islamabad Golf Course on Friday.
After the first round was lost to rain on Thursday and the championship had to be reduced to three rounds from four rounds of competitive golfing, the first round brought refreshing news for Pakistan as the two-member Pakistani golf team comprising of Taimoor Khan and Zohaib Asif prevailed over the two-member Sri Lankan team consisting of Punith De Silva and Udesh Perera.
Score wise Taimoor Khan had a round of gross 73 while Zohaib Asif came up with a round of 75 giving the Pakistani team an aggregate score of 148 as against the Sri Lankan team score of aggregate 156. The margin of victory for Pakistan was eight strokes.