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2020

Peshawar’s Zahir takes lead as PGF’s Q-School begins


Karachi Golf Club & Airmen Golf Club, Recreational Park Karachi


KARACHI: The Covid-19 lockdown on golf officially ended here on Thursday when the four-day Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF) Qualifying School teed off at the Karachi Golf Club (KGC) with almost 300 players featuring in it.

Since March this year when Islamabad Golf Club hosted the National Amateur Championship, there hasn’t been any organised golfing tournament in the country because of the coronavirus pandemic.

But with things getting better, the PGF finally decided to allow the staging of the Q-School which will help select dozens of golfers for the national professional circuit. A total of 52 professionals, 18 senior professionals and 15 junior professionals will earn the right to feature on the national professional circuit. The Top-40 players of the country are exempted on Money list and other 5 are exempted as Top 5 of Development Tour from the Q-school.

Vying for the PGF ‘professional card’ which can get a player a direct entry to the fast growing national professional circuit, the aspiring golfers will be taking part in a total of four rounds at KGC and the Airmen Golf Club. The prestigious KGC is hosting the first leg of the PGF Q-School event while the final leg will be held at the AGC which is counted among the longest and most challenging golf courses in the country.


In the opening round on Thursday, the participating golfers found the going tough at KGC with Peshawar’s Zahir Shah taking a slim one-shot lead after firing a steady round of par-72.
In second place was KGC’s Rofin Shamim, who carded 73. Rofin, who is known among his peers as ‘Tiger’ because of his resemblance to the legendary Tiger Woods, is hoping to secure a PGF card by doing well in the Q-School. In third place was the duo of Lahore’s Aadil Jahangir and Peshawar’s Azmat Khan, who both shot 74.

In the ladies gross competition that was played for the main trophy, Hamna Amjad (227) scooped up the title with Aania Farooq (244) and Suneyah Osama (246) finishing second and third respectively. Ladies net trophy was won by Shahnaz Saleem (224) with Syeda Iman Ali Shah (228) and Ayesha Moazzam (230) finishing second and third respectively.

They were trailed by a total of nine golfers at 75 – Amir Khan, Ahmed Saeed, Asif Ali, Azhar Khan, Latif Rafiq, M Khalid, M Rehman, Shahid Parvez and Suleman Akhtar.

They were trailed by a total of nine golfers at 75 – Amir Khan, Ahmed Saeed, Asif Ali, Azhar Khan, Latif Rafiq, M Khalid, M Rehman, Shahid Parvez and Suleman Akhtar.

Commodore Ghazanfar Abbas, the tournament director, said that all players were following Covid-9 SOPs. The Q-School is a PGF event being held in collaboration with Sindh Golf Association (SGA), KGC and AGC.

2020

Ghazanfar Lifts National Amateur Golf Trophy


Islamabad Club, Golf Course


Ghazanfar Mehmood stood tall, securing par 72 in the final round to win the 59th National Amateur Championship title following a competitive last day’s play at the Islamabad Club course here Sunday.

The leading amateur golfer went into the final round with four under 140 over days and maintained that score following a brief hiccup early Sunday morning and then recovering well to win the title.

Ghazanfar aggregated four under 212 for three days. The golfer from Rawalpindi had two bogeys going into the 12th hole, where he succeeded in carding birdie and on three-stroke hole No 14, he was seen sinking in long range put to gain another stroke to go four under on aggregate.

He finished the third round from where he started Sunday. Taimoor Khan had a poor last round where he was seen carding eight over 80 to finish on fourth ultimately. He got an aggregate of nine over 225 for three days. Zubair Hussain (223) carded 73 in the final to finish runner-up in the gross event with Tariq Mehmood who got an aggregate 224 managed third position.


Tariq, however, emerged winner in the net category meant for handicap players seven and under getting an aggregate 215 over three days. He was followed by Raja Muhammad Israr (218) and Salman Khan (220) for second and third positions, respectively.
Alamgir Shah (143) was the winner in the net category 12 and below senior category that was played over 36 holes. Qaiser Hussain (146) and Javed Ahmad Khan (148) finished second and third respectively.

In the ladies gross competition that was played for the main trophy, Hamna Amjad (227) scooped up the title with Aania Farooq (244) and Suneyah Osama (246) finishing second and third respectively. Ladies net trophy was won by Shahnaz Saleem (224) with Syeda Iman Ali Shah (228) and Ayesha Moazzam (230) finishing second and third respectively.

Federal Golf Association has already won the Inter-Association main trophy with KP Association finishing runners-up.

Punjab got the top position with Federal Golf Association finishing as runner in the seniors team event (55 and above).

Pakistan had already won the international team event and JR Jayewardene Trophy which was played on the opening two days. Pakistan team was consisting of Taimoor Khan and Zohaib Asif.

2020

Pakistan clinch International team title at 59th National Amateur Golf


Islamabad Club Golf Course


Pakistan team captured the International Team title in the 59th National Amateur Golf Championships at the Islamabad Club Golf Course here on Saturday.

The Team comprised Taimoor Khan, Zohaib Asif and registered a two-day aggregate of 303.

2020

Pakistan win JR Jaywardene Golf Trophy in National Amateur Golf


Islamabad Club Golf Course


Pakistan won the JR Jaywardene Golf Trophy in the 59th National Amateur Golf 2020 at the Islamabad Golf Course on Friday.
After the first round was lost to rain on Thursday and the championship had to be reduced to three rounds from four rounds of competitive golfing, the first round brought refreshing news for Pakistan as the two-member Pakistani golf team comprising of Taimoor Khan and Zohaib Asif prevailed over the two-member Sri Lankan team consisting of Punith De Silva and Udesh Perera.
Score wise Taimoor Khan had a round of gross 73 while Zohaib Asif came up with a round of 75 giving the Pakistani team an aggregate score of 148 as against the Sri Lankan team score of aggregate 156. The margin of victory for Pakistan was eight strokes.