8th Chief of Naval Staff Amateur Golf Championship: Parkha Wins; Ahmed Baig Excels

LAHORE: In the Ladies event of 8th Chief of Naval Staff Amateur Golf Championship, a good performance was witnessed from Parkha Ijaz of Defence Raya. Through accurate hitting she compiled a score of gross 76, and won the CNS Ladies Title. The runner up was Rimsha Ijaz of the same club and she lost to Parkha by two strokes.

Hamna Amjad of PAF Skyview Golf Club came third. Her score was gross 80. Winner of Ladies net was Anna James Gill of Royal Palm with a net score of 74. Zaib un Nisa also of Royal Palm won second net. She lost to Anna by one stroke. Third net went to Ghazala Yasmin of Garrison Golf Club. She also had a net score of 75 but lost to Zaib because Zaib had a better score on the last two holes.

At the end of the Men’s second round Ahmed Baig, a top amateur golf player of Pakistan, displayed champion like capabilities, powering his tee shots in the 300 yards plus range and shooting his approach shots to perfection.

During the second round of this prestigious championship, overnight leader did not relent and remained a front runner at the end of the second round too with a round of gross 60 which is a national record and a two days aggregate score of 125, nineteen under par. His performance during the second round was inspirational as he rolled in five birdies on holes one to five and thereafter followed them up with an incredible number of seven birdies on holes 8,11,12,13,15,16 and 17 adding upto twelve birdies in all.

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To support the birdies he had six regulation pars and did not concede any stroke loss. Add to that his scoring excellence of the first day, a gross 65 and the score becomes a mind boggling 125. His overall hitting had that quality touch and so outstanding was his effort that at the conclusion of his round he was applauded by his competing mates and generously patted by the club organizers, his coach Brig. Bajwa

Ahmed Baig stated ,”the greens were on my side on Saturday and a round of gross 60 is a dream come true and in my personal capacity I am amazed by the record I created”.

Another competitor who played well but was completely overshadowed by the stellar performance of Ahmed Baig is Zhoaib Asif of DHA Karachi. He is placed at an aggregate score of 144, nineteen strokes behind the leader.

Out of the other established combatants, Salman Jehangir too impressed with his massive tee shots and watching his short game around the greens was a delight, with the soft touch evident and the control absolutely automatic yet his score of gross 72 during the second round looks like a humble effort as compared to Ahmed’s 60. Salman is placed at a score of 145 alongwith Zunair Aleem Khan. In the course of the final round on Sunday, these two cannot hope for victory but have to be content with positions other than the title..

As for the other contenders, M. Saqib is placed at a score of 146, followed by Mohsen Zafar at 148, Qamar Ali Khan at 149, Taimur Shabbir at 152,Sardar Murad at 154 and Aleem ur Rehman, also at 154.

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