Accomplished Golf Champions of Pakistan entered the race of winning the Rs 2.1 million valued Titles of the 39th Punjab Open Golf Championship, now in progress at the elegant and splendid looking PAF Skyview Golf Course in Lahore.
The players leading at the end of the first eighteen holes were Matloob Ahmed of Lahore Garrison, who enjoys the number two ranking in the golf circuit of Pakistan, M. Munir of Rawalpindi Golf Club , holder of many titles and Talib Hussain an upcoming player from Islamabad.
These three players carry the tag of ‘proficiency’ as far as application of golfing skills is concerned and noticeable was this application over the opening 18 holes. Matloob ended up with a round of gross 68, four under par and this remarkable score of gross 68 was also achieved by M. Munir and Talib Hussain. As a result of this attainment they have the honor of occupying the top position on the leaderboard. Matloob scored birdies on holes 7, 8, 11, 14 and 17 and a bogie on the 10th hole. Regulation pars were adroitly managed on the other thirteen holes. As for M. Munir another capable one of our golfing ranks, he was equally apt and his excellence in terms of birdies came about on holes 5, 8, 14, 15 and 17 and like his adversary Matloob, he confronted a sole bogie one hole. In his case too the regulation pars totaled thirteen. Third leaderboard mate of Matloob and Munir is Talib Hussain and he also played incredibly well and owed his position on top of the leaderboard to a spectacular eagle on the first hole and four birdies on holes 4, 8, 13 and 16. Unlike the other two he was bitten by two bogies on holes 10 and 12. However he has been wonderful overall and looks forward to a breakthrough on the remaining two days of this championship.
“This course is to my liking” said Talib ” and I just need to strategize my tee shots on the out of bounds holes”. He further added that “right now I am enjoying the spotlight and thanked PAF Skyview Golf course management for giving the professional admirable playing conditions”.
Some more participating professionals who showed abundant golfing skills and glow are two young ones who have just succeeded in entering the ranks of professionals. They are Ashiq Hussain of Multan and Zohaib Asif of DHA, Karachi. Ashiq Hussain carded a gross 70, two under par and Zohaib Asif ended up with a score of gross 70 too. For these less experienced professionals the score achieved is certainly encouraging and reflects well on their capacity and potential. Hopefully they continue to play well in the remaining two rounds.
The players who came up with noteworthy scores are seven participating competitors who ended the first 18 holes by managing a score of gross 71, one under par. Names of these talented ones are Talat Ijaz (Gymkhana), Muhammed Shahzad (Garrison), Khalid Khan (Peshawar), Roman Khan (Peshawar), M. Tariq (Islamabad), M. Khalid (DHA, Karachi) and Muhammed Asif (Defence Raya).
Six players are placed at a score of gross 72 and they are Latif Rafiq, Ejaz Khan, Asad Khan, M. Nazir, Usman Ali and Kashif Masih. A hearty development visible among our professional golfers is that out of 88 competing, 12 competitors had under par rounds and six had par rounds.
The second round will commence on Saturday at 6.30 am.