The 2nd segment of the Pakistan Golf Federation Qualification School Event 2021-22 for Senior and Junior professionals got underway at the challenging Royal Palm Golf and Country Club Golf Course.
While the first Juniors segment for selection of career seeking golf professionals was completed last week, the second Seniors segment activity aims to finalize the selection of 35 senior golf professionals. In the first segment twenty junior professionals will ultimately be eligible to participate in the professional golf circuit of Pakistan.
The Seniors selection encounter will be contested over three rounds. Whereas the event may notably be classified as a selection for Senior Professional golf players.
At the end of the first round, yesterday the masterly one turned out to be Irfan Mehmood of Rawalpindi who produced an impressive gross score of 71, one under par to occupy the top position in the race for selection. This score represents a remarkable effort and noteworthy was his consistency and precision in his handling of approach shots to the green plus backed by level headed putting. Out of the other participating seniors, those who performed well are Ghani Khan of Karachi Golf Club and Manzoor Ahmed of Lahore Gymkhana. Both of them are champions of the past and even having crossed into the seniors line, they managed a spirited score of gross 74 each and competition wise are placed two strokes behind the leader, Irfan Mehmood.
A lone one with a fairly reasonable score of gross 75 is Nazeer Mehmood of Got Machi Golf Club while four others are bracketed at a score of gross 76. They are Noor Khan (Peshawar), Raja Arshed (Islamabad), Asghar Ali (Lahore Gymkhana) and Rustam Ali Chatta (Lahore Garrison). As for Rustam Chatta, till now he has been competing in the amateur ranks admirably well and encouraged by his expertise he has chosen to seek a golf career as a senior golf professional. Certainly an enterprising step for him.
Formidable one in the Junior professionals race is M. Saqib of Lahore Garrison. His score in the first round was gross 71, one under par. Others in the race are Nabeel Khan (Airmen Golf Club) at a score of 74, Shahzeb Khan (Peshawar) at 76 and his city mate Musa Khan at 77.
Tee off for the second round on Wednesday, 16th June takes place at 5 am in Royal Palm Golf Course and will be conducted by Malik Kamran of PGF.