Pakistan PGA Inter Club Golf Tournament Commences

LAHORE: The Golf Teams of four  leading golf clubs of Punjab, Lahore Gymkhana, Garrison Golf Club, Defence Raya Golf Club and Rawalpindi Golf Club, at the PAF Golf and Country Club Golf Course in Lahore.

The tournament will played on a competition format introduced for the first time in the country by Pakistan Golf Federation.This is a team event and members of the team comprise of two professional golfers, four amateurs, two senior amateurs, two junior professionals, two boys in the age category 12 to 18, two ladies and also two girls falling in age bracket 12-18.

Playing format will be stroke play and at stake are six points in each category with player achieving first position getting four points, and the runner up getting two points. Sixteen selected competitors representing Lahore Gymkhana, Garrison, Defence Raya and Rawalpindi Golf Club will tee off in the first round and face each other over the 18 holes at the PAF Skyview Golf Course which has a yardage of 6773 from the blue tees. As the contest proceeds, the points get accumulated and point position of each pair will be added up on team basis to determine the winning team.

The Secretary of Punjab Golf Association, Brig. (r) Wahab Rao stated that purpose of introducing this championship involving a mix of top notch professionals ,amateurs and ladies will certainly help to boost golfing activity and in the process highlight outstanding talent existing in the country.

Each team member is eager to show masterly adeptness in powerful hitting, accurate shot making from the fairways and splendid putting on the greens and thereby bring honors to their parent club by compiling victory points through excellence and high quality golf play.

A feature that needs to be highlighted is that such a competition  generates considerable pressure. Team compositions are a blend of age and experience and quite a few competitors are considered deadly off the tee and fulfilment  oriented on the greens.

Mr. Tariq Usman Abbas, Project Director of PAF Golf Course stated that prominent names appearing in this championship are Shahid Javed Khan and Jafal Hussain for Gymkhana,Matloob Ahmed and Muhammed Shahzad for Garrison, M. Alam and Muhammed Asif for Defence Raya and Muhammed Munir and Salman Abbasi for Rawalpindi Golf Club. In the amateur category the competent ones are Salman Jehangir, Mohsen Zafar,Ahsan Khawaja, Qasim Ali Khan (Gymkhana), M. Saqib,Nadeem Aslam, Ahmed Kayani and Ayaz Saleem(Garrison) Jamal Nasir, Umer,Zunair and Morad Khan (Defence Raya), Brig. Omer Ejaz, Khalid Mehmood, Rao Harris and Mubariz Ahmed (Rawalpindi).

Notable ladies fighting it out are Tahira Nazir, former national champion, Ghazala Yasmin also a former national title holder, the reigning ones Parkha and Rimsha and Tehmina and Sameea Javed Ali.

It will be a profoundly fought out championship and participating players will be at their commendable  best during the two rounds of this inaugural event being held for the first time. First day tee off  at PAF Skyview  Golf Club today will be  at 800 am.

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