Prize Winners of Nabi Yousaf Memorial Open Golf Championship with Wasim Akram

Prize Winners with the Chief Guest Wasim Akram

The Nabi Yousaf Memorial Open Golf Tournament 2018 held at the Royal Palm Golf Course, witnessed a feast of accuracy loaded strokes and making Shabbir Iqbal the title winner. He was again successful in translating his potential and ability into a repeat of earlier triumphs; there were no errant tee shots and hardly any missed putts and on all three days of the tournament.

M.Shabbir kept an intimidating presence on his opponents and through three days had scores of 68,66 and 71 and an aggregate of 205, eleven under par.

This title was the 152nd title for M. Shabbat in his two decades of golfing career.

Shabbir was in command and had control throughout with spectacular rounds of 68 and 66 on the first two days, his last days round of 71 was suitably decent and appropriate enough to ensure victory and related glory. His last days gross 71 was compiled with the help of two birdies on holes 12 and 14, fifteen regulation pars and a lone bogie on the 17th hole.

The other purposeful competitors used their wealth of experience and skills  to negotiate the manifold technical perils of Royal Palm Golf Course. Their efforts were praiseworthy of applause and played remarkably composed golf, hitting fairways and greens and making putts but all they got were positions other than the first.

M.Munir of Islamabad, the runner up in this championship had rounds of 72, 70 and a final days impressive 69 and a total aggregate of 211, five under par.

Another name that sparkled was that of the young Hamza Amin from Islamabad who emerged with a fantastic first round of 67 followed by a modest second round score of 75  and thereafter on the final day managed an excellence oriented round of gross 69. He ended the three days with an aggregate score of 211, five under par, a score similar to that of M.Munir. Others to attain various places were M.Safdar (Gujranwala) 215, Muhammed Zubair Satti (Islamabad) 215, Arif Ali (Gymkhana) 216, Sajjad Khan (Islamabad) 219, Shahbaz Masih (Karachi Golf Club) 219, Shafiq Masih (Gymkhana) 219 and Moazzam Sidique (DHA Karachi) 220.

The Nabi Yousaf Open Golf Championship is valued with prize money of Rupees two million for the top 40 performers.

Shabbir was all praise for the Royal Palm Golf Course and the management and said that “The course is fantastic and it brings the best out of you”, and life certainly isn’t easy during the outings. He also lauded the fact that this was an exclusive championship for the professionals only and elated by the fact that he received the winners Nabi Yousaf Trophy from the cricket legend Wasim Akram.

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