In the 12th Royal Palm Golf Team Championship 2022 that culminated after three engaging and captivating golf rounds, eventual triumph was effectuated by the Karachi Golf Club team comprising of Saim Shazli, Omar Khalid, Hamza Shikoh Khan and Yashal Shah.
This highly skilled and undaunted four member combination applied their golf playing skills valorously enough during the final 18 holes on Sunday to prevail over their consummate and adroit opponents of Royal Palm Team, embodying capable ones like Ahmed Zafar Hayat, Mohsen Zafar, Shahid Abbas and Hussain Hamid. All through the final round on Sunday the fight was relentless and not for a moment did one team look better than the other. For Royal Palm Team, Hussain Hamid excelled on every shot and by virtue of consistent pars ended the round with a score of gross 71, one under par, giving his side a lot of expectation and sanguiness. His team mate Shahid Abbas was efficacious too and played with ample maturity but Ahmed Zafar Hayat considered the masterly one played a dispirited round of gross 80 thus dampening Royal Palm’s chances.
That however should not take the credit away from Karachi teams performance as their star player Omar Khalid ably led the effort and did not relent at any stage, enabling Karachi Golf Club teams admirable and fulfilling attainment. For Karachi their boyish seventeen year old Omar Khalid manifested the champions touch and his score of gross 72 was most beneficial for his side. Others who contributed to Karachi’s win are Saim Shazli and Yashal Shah. Both had rounds of gross 76.
Match scores were 699 for the Karachi Team and 701 for the Royal Palm Team. Third position was secured by the Lahore Gymkhana A Team with 707 score.
The gross honours in Individual category fell in the welcoming lap of Hussain Hamid of Royal Palm, now a name to be reckoned with in the amateur ranks of national amateur golf, In the final round he showed his ability and the pars and birdies came in regular succession with bogies too infrequent which highlights his control over the competitive race. Hussain Hamid ended up winning the first gross with three rounds scores of 81,75 and 71, a total of 227. Omar Khalid of Karachi Golf Club came second with three rounds scores of 76, 80, 72 and an aggregate of 228. Third position went to Muhammed Shoaib of Lahore Gymkhana and had scores of 78, 74 and 76 and his total was also 228, but as per rules the competitor with a better score in the last round gets the advantage.
In the Ladies competition Shahbana Waheed was the best one in ladies net event and grabbed the first net. Shahnaz Moeen had to be content with the second net prize while Minaa Zainab fetched the third net. In ladies gross the winner was Syeda Iman Ali Shah, a little one Bushra Fatima was second and Tehmina Ahmed, third.
As for the Challenge Shield the shield winner was Ahmed Jibran. Dr Aleem ur Rehman was second net and Ghulam Qadir was third.
At the conclusion of the 12th Royal Palm Golf Team Championship the prizes were awarded to the winners by Habib ur Rehman, Chairman and Secretary Railway Board.