The contest for the Defence Raya Monthly Medal Golf Championship took place at the Defence Raya Golf Course on Sunday.
Conditions at the golf course were most demanding for the 62 amateur contestants who were seeking honours and acceptance as champions but as expected the talented ones got cowed down by the pressure of competition and their chances of achieving glory faded away as putting jitters took over.
Whereas many failed in their efforts, there were others who performed brilliantly, and outwitted the challenge of the golf course. Omer Salamat, who plays to a handicap of three was luminous and radiant during the 18 holes and virtually took command of the Defence Raya Monthly Medal Championship with a display of unfaltering hitting and self assured putting on the greens.Through an unruffled application of golfing skills, Omer Salamat compiled an applaudable score of gross 74, two over par and came out on top in the gross section.
Out of the other aspirants who made a mark in this championship were Nasir Irshad and Jamal Nasir Khan. Nasir Irshad fetched the second gross position with a score of 76 and in third slot was Jamal Nasir Khan. A few others who came up with good rounds were Sardar Murad, Ali Hameed, Amir Chaudry, Azfar Hassan and Dr Nasir Raza.
In the Amateur net category, players are allowed advantage of handicap and the one who ended up in glory was a talent loaded Qaiser Ali Khan. Playing to a handicap of 18, Qasim had a great outing and ended the eighteen holes with a dream like score of net 66. Two more contenders who performed superbly in the net section were Adam Khan and Ali Hameed. Their effort certainly was noteworthy and they can be graded as champions of the future. Adam and Ali compiled net scores of 68 each and thereby, earned a place for themselves as winners. Some other good scores were recorded by Saeed ul Haseeb, net 69 and Zahid Ilyas net 70.
Amongst the Senior category performers the top one was Shafiq Bhatti with a score of gross 79. His nearest challenger was Col M.Shafi. As for the competition in net section of seniors event the one who ended up on a delightful note was Imran Amin with an impressive score of net 67. Others who ended up happy with their performances in seniors net were Najeeb Afzal, net 70 and Tahir Mehmood, net 71.
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