Three days trials to select a three member boys team, and two member girls team for participation in the Nick Faldo Golf Championship to be held in Vietnam in March 2021 will begin on 28th November at the PAF Skyview Golf Course in Lahore. The opening tee off takes place at 9am.
And supervising these trials are Mr. Zahid Iqbal and Salman Abbasi of Pakistan Golf Federation and Mr. Tariq Usman of PAF Skyview Golf Club. This selection process will bring to the fore. one boy in age category 12-16 years, one in age bracket 16-18 years and one in 18-21 years age group. As for girls, one talented one will be from age group 12-16 years and one falling in age group 16-21 years.
The successful ones will travel to Viet Nam in March 2021 to represent the country in the Faldo Series Grand Final in March 2021 at the Nick Faldo designed La Laguna Golf Course in Hanoi,Viet nam.
Interest among the youngsters runs high as sixty of them were seen practising at the PAF Skyview Golf Course on Thursday, in an attempt to understand the challenges posed by this remarkable par 72 golf course. Quite a few have arrived from Karachi, Peshawar, Mardan, Kharian, Mangla, Rawalpindi and Sargodha.
In the age category under 16 years, 27 eager and earnest ones search for a place in the national selection but those who stand out with a chance are S. Yashal Shah, Danial Khan and Sameer Abid of Karachi Golf Club, Abdul Moeez of Mangla, Irtaza Husssain of Margalla Greens and Muhammed Adam Khan of Defence Raya Golf Club.
Marvelously talented are Boys in under 18 years competitive engagement. Damil Ataullah of Lahore Garrison who plays to a handicap of three has a standing of his own. Equally wonderful in playing ability is Ali Raza of the same club. Out of these two either one can emanate as the top one, though strong contenders like Hamza Bilal of Rawalpindi, Nadir Ahmed Khan of Karachi, Faaris Cheema of Arabian Sea Golf Club and Mekayl Majid of Defence Raya are tenacious enough to make a dent in the aspirations of Damil and Ali Raza. Certainly one expects golf of a high standard from these contestants.
Under 21 years competitors list includes names like Nouman Ilyas of Lahore Garrison playing to a handicap of five and he will face adversaries like Usama Nadeem of Ibex Sargodha (handicap 5), Daniah Syed of AGC (handicap 5) and Malik M. Shoaib of Lahore Gymkhana (handicap 4). All these burgeoning ones reflect the future of the country and hence will be the focus of attention during the course of these trials.
Classy ones in Girls section are Hamna Amjad and Syed Laiba Shah in age group under 16 while in the under 21 years age bracket, the forceful and relentless ones are Syeda Imam Ali Shah, Suneyah Osama, Rimsha Ijaz and Parkha Ijaz.