LAHORE: During the second day of the four days golf trials for selection as members of the Pakistan contingent due to participate in the Nick Faldo Golf Championship in Viet Nam, the front runner turns out to be a lady of Defence Raya Golf Club, Rimsha Ijaz.
In the course of the second round Rimsha was at her brilliant best and remains in total command of the event with a score of gross 68, and an aggregate of 139 for two rounds, five under par. Lately Rimsha has been putting in many hours on the golf course and the effort has yielded fruitful results and her excellence serves as a big boost to ladies golf in Pakistan. Mrs Asma Shami, the PGF Executive Committee Member responsible for development of ladies golf felt elated by Rimsha’s performance and hoped that she would continue with this flow of exceptional display during the remaining rounds.” I was so pleased with my shot making yesterday” said Rimsha and “I certainly look forward to excelling in these trials to an extent that I look better than the boys”.
Salman Abbasi of Pakistan Golf Federation stated that these trials are divided into three age groups for boys and one each will be selected in the age group under 21, one in age group under 18 and one in age bracket under 16. As for the girls there are two age groups and the topper in each group will be selected to represent the country in Nick Flado Series Championship in Viet Nam.
As for the competition in age bracket under 21 years for Boys, the leader in this group is Rafay Raja of Rawalpindi at the end of the second round. He compiled an aggregate score of 155 for two rounds and is ahead of his nearest competitor Vivek Anand (DHA, Karachi) by seven strokes. Vivek is placed at an aggregate of 162 gross. Following him is Talha Shafqat (Defence Raya) at 163 and Hamza Sheikh (Karachi) at 164.
In the race for selection in under 18 years, the youngster ahead of others is M.Saqib (Lahore Garrison).With a two days aggregate score of 153, he is comfortably placed to seek selection as his nearest challenger, Junaid Irfan (KGC) is six strokes behind him and to overcome this deficit in the remaining days will require a herculean effort. A few others in line for possible selection are Rao Harris (Rawalpindi) placed at a score of 166 and Usama Nadeem(IBEX) at 172.
Damil Ataullah looks like the supreme one in under 16 years category. His round on the second day was not as sparkling as on the first day, but that does not prevent him from appearing as a leader. With a round of 79, yesterday and that added to his 71 of the first day, gives him an aggregate score of 150. His challengers are placed too far behind and include M. Ali Mehmood (DHA, Karachi) at a score of 162, and Syed Yashal (KGC) at 164. Laraib Rehman (Mardan) is at 165.
The positions in Girls category are Rimsha Ijaz (Defence Raya) 68+71=139, Parkha Ijaz (Defence Raya) 77+78=155 and Humna Amjad, (PAF Skyview) 80+79=159.
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