The 4th Punjab Jinnah Development Tour Golf Championship for second tier golf professionals teed off at the par 72 Royal Palm Golf and Country Club Golf Course with participation over 100, a hundred and three to be exact.
Regulated and administered by Punjab Golf Association and Royal Palm connoisseurs, this combative golf event furnishes a fighting chance to career advancing golf professionals who seek upgrading and ascent to the main professional ranks and thus augment their financial takings from professional golf to a more advantageous level. In fact previously before the introduction of this Punjab Development Golf Tour these second tier golf professionals were left wobbling, once they could not make it to the first level golf tour of Pakistan with barely any source of earning. Pakistan Golf Federation deserves to be complimented for this wonderful initiative.
At the end of first round in this three rounds Punjab Jinnah Development Tour Golf championship, in progress at Royal Palm Golf Course, Zeeshan Khan of Peshawar and Zohaib Asif looked lustrous and illuminated with their spell binding performance. With similar 18 holes score of gross 68, four under par, Zeeshan and Zohaib radiated and reflected excellence through admirable application of golf playing skills. Zeeshan was right on target throughout the first round 18 holes and while his hitting was accuracy oriented, his fairway shot making was champion like. As for Zohaib, the classy touch was evident and the golfing future looks vibrant for him. And both these men of talent were adept and their first round performance can be graded as distinctive, flawless and impeccable.
Another competitor who came up with an under par round of gross 70 was M. Saqib of Lahore Garrison. A young one trained and mentored by Brig Bajwa, seems to surface as a golfer of strength and adroitness. Noticeable was the fluency in his swing and appears to be a capable one with a reassuring future. Three others with similar under par rounds of gross 71 are Muhammed Imran (Defence Raya), Shahid Hanif (Gymkhana) and M. Abid (Karachi Golf Club). And under par rounds are a heartening happening in golf. Placed at a score of 72 is Abdul Zahoor of Multan and at gross 73 are M. Safdar (Gujranwala), Suleman Akhter (Gymkhana) and Sunny Masih (Gymkhana).
The cut will be placed at the end of the second round (Thursday) and only the top 40 position holders will play the final round on Friday at the Royal Palm Golf Course in Lahore.