The four member Royal Palm Golf Team composed of their competent and skillful players like the adept Hussain Hamid, the seasoned Mohsen Zafar, the formidable Ahmed Zafar Hayat and the dependable Shahid Abbas showed abundant resolve and resoluteness to strengthen their position and appear as the best team at the end of two rounds in this 12th Royal Palm Golf Team Championship.
In the course of the 2nd round in this three rounds team contest, Hussain Hamid excelled with a round of gross 75 and was ably supported by his experienced team mate Mohsen Zafar who handed out a reassuring round of gross 78 and as for Ahmed Zafar Hayat, he did not play as well as he did on the first day, yet his modest round of gross 81 lent a reinforcing touch to the team standing and they ended with a second round team score of 234 and that added to the first round team score of 236 gives the Royal Palm Team a two rounds aggregate team score of 470.
In the race for honors Royal Palm team now enjoys a five stroke advantage over their cardinal rivals, Karachi Golf Club whose team members found the January chill of Lahore somewhat disagreeable resulting in loss of strokes as cold hands prevented classy and high toned shot making. Star player of Karachi Team Omar Khalid ended the second round with a not too pleasing score of gross 80 as against his first round score of gross 76. Similarly Yashal Shah caved in to the wintry bitterness and his round of gross 82 was in the unwelcome range. Out of the Karachi Team members only Saim Shazli remained overwhelmingly on target and his shot making was simply remarkable and fetched him a second round score of gross 77 and that was certainly an earnest improvement over his first round score of gross 85.
The Karachi Boys compiled a second round team score of 239 and that appended to their first round score of 236 gives them a two rounds total of 475 which means they are five strokes behind the leaders Royal Palm Team. When questioned about their plans for the final battle on Sunday, Omar Khalid looked buoyant enough about their chances and objectively self assured were the other team members Saim Shazli ,Yashal Shah and Hamza Shikoh.
Placed third in the race is the Lahore Gymkhana Team A, consisting of Salman Jehangir, Qasim Ali Khan, Danish Javed and Taimoor Shabbir. Their team score for two rounds is 478 and placed fourth at the team score of 484 is the Gymkhana B Team.
Other teams are too far behind. In the individual gross competition another unnerving and daunting match is on and while Muhammed Shoaib (Gymkhana) is looking good at a two days aggregate gross score of 152, three animated contenders, Ahmad Jibran, Dr Aleem ur Rehman and Muhammed Arsalan are bunched together at a score of 154. At 155 is Ahmed Zafar Hayat and at 156 are Hussain Hamid,Qasim Ali Khan and the youngest one, seventeen years old Omar Khalid. Competence wise they are all highly rated.
The Challenge Shield competition concluded after 36 holes and brought winning glory for Ahmad Jibran of Lahore Gymkhana.Over the two rounds Ahmad Jibran has fascinated with his playing capability. His first round score was net 72 and with a steady net 70 on Saturday he intimidated his adversaries, emerging as the gratifying winner of the Challenge shield. Dr Aleem ur Rehman was the runner up and though he missed out the ultimate prize, his score too was 142 net equal to that of Ahmad but as per rules Ahmad was declared winner as he had a better score in the last 18 holes. Third position went to Ghulam Qadir of Okara. His score was 145 net.
The final combat on Sunday will be a real test of temperament and golfing skills. At the conclusion of the 12th Royal Palm Golf Team Championship on Sunday the prize distribution will be held at the Royal Palm Golf Course Lawns at 3.30pm.