Nick Faldo Golf Championship ’18: Pak Team Trials Commence

LAHORE: The four days trials to select a boys and ladies team, for participation in the Nick Faldo Golf Championship in Vietnam, began yesterday at the Defence Raya Golf Course under the supervision of Pakistan Golf Federation.

For boys there are three age categories, age category under 21 years, age category under 18 years, and age category under 16 years. For girls the age categories are two, under 21 years and under 16 years.

At the end of the first day,the two players who stood out overall irrespective of the age category is one boy (under 16 years) Damil Ataullah of Garrison Golf Club and one girl of Defence Raya, Rimsha Ijaz.As for Damil, he carded a gross score of gross 71, one under par and the optimistic element is that the girl Rimsha Ijaz also came up with the same score,a gross 71.

Both these players who are bracketed at a score of gross 71 held themselves well in the tough playing conditions at the otherwise superb Defence Raya Golf Course in Lahore. Their drives were impressive and there were hardly any lapses in the fairways shot making. But as Salman of Pakistan Golf Federation pointed out, “The young ones seemed to be a little less confident on the fast greens and three putts did come their way causing not too welcome dents in their scores”.

However, he said “they will be more in command over the next three rounds”. Damil Ataullah certainly brought glad tidings for himself and his intent and yearning parents as he showed intensity in application of golfing skills and stood rewarded with three birdies on holes 2, 6 and 14 and to supplement that he scored twelve regulation pars. Another positive aspect of his effort was that the double bogie on the second hole did not upset him and he came up with pars thereafter.

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In the girls section Rimsha Ijaz was certainly majestic and noteworthy was her command during the 18 holes. Hopefully she will perform more admirably in the rounds to come.

In the age category under 21 years,the top one was M. Saqib of Garrison Golf Club with a score of gross 78, a rather modest effort from a very talented golfer. Rafay Raja of Rawalpindi is placed one stroke behind him at gross 79. Others in line are Hamza Sheikh (Karachi) at gross 82 and M. Arsalan (Gymkhana) also at gross 82.

The participants positions in age category under 18 years are Junaid Irfan (Karachi) at a score of 82. Another one at 82 is Rao Haris of Rawalpindi.

The young ones in under 16 years age category have something to be proud of as Damil Ataullah belonging to this age bracket produced the best round of the day. His gross 71 places him in top position overall and also in his own age bracket. Others who did well in this category are Syed Yashal Shah (Karachi) with a score of 79. Following him are Ali Mehmood (DHA Karachi) 81, Danial Khan (Karachi) 83 and Mikhail Majid (Defence Raya) 83.

Rimsha Ijaz (Defence Raya) leads the girls group in a commanding way. The other girls behind her are Parkha Ijaz (Defence Raya) 78, Humna Amjad (PAF Skyview) 79, Suneya Osama (Garrison) 80, Aania Farooq (DHA, Karachi), 81 and Arooba Ali (Rawalpindi) 83.

The second round will tee off at 830 am on Friday at Defence Raya Golf Course.

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