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GOLF - National12 May 2022

Federal Amateur Golf Championship 2022 commences from Friday
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD:-The 3-day Federal Amateur Golf Championship 2022 will tee off on Friday here at Islamabad Golf Club, Honorary Secretary, Federal Golf Association (FGA) I N Khokhar told to reporters in a press conference on Thursday, as a very low number of sports journalists of twin city Rawalpindi and Islamabad attended this important press briefing due to lack of communication and ignorance of FGA. He further informed the media-person that the champion would be decided after the 54 holes game, as the players would enjoy the game over 18 holes each day. “The competitions will be held in 4 categories including Amateur, Seniors, Juniors and Ladies. An exhibition match will also be played among diplomats of different countries, “he maintained. “Top three amateurs will be awarded prizes on the gross score while top two ladies will receive prizes both on net and gross score. However, Top three seniors will be honored on both net and gross score while top two juniors will also get awards on net and gross score. Golfers took part in the practice session on Thursday, “I N Khokhar concluded.

GOLF - National21 Feb 2022

Parkha Ijaz wins Ghazala Ansari Challenge Cup Golf Tournament
Sports Bulletin Report LAHORE:-Parkha Ijaz has won the 1st Ghazala Ansari Challenge Cup Ladies Amateur Golf Championship that concluded with a most graceful prize distribution ceremony here at Durbar Hall of the Governor House. Parkha, handicap 1, with a gross score of 227 over 54 holes, emerged as the winner of the Gross in Category A (handicaps 0-12). Her sister, Rimsha Ijaz, who was also handicap 1, was the runner-up with a gross score of 231, while Iman Ali Shah got 3rd position with a score of 244. In Category B (handicaps 13-24), Tehmina Ahmed won 1st gross, while Dr Rhubab Haider got 2nd and Tehmina Rashid 3rd gross. In the Net, Sherbano Hamdani won the 1st prize, while 2nd Net was awarded to Shabana Waheed and 3rd to Hareem Tahir. In Category C (handicaps 25-36), the 1st gross was won by Fauzia Shahid, 2nd by Nighat Akram and 3rd by Monazza Azhar. With the Net-Score, Mina Zainab won 1st net, Tasleem Hussain 2nd and Shaheen Warraich 3rd. In the Seniors Match, 1st gross was won by Ayesha Hamid while 1st net by Farida Tausif. “Their performance has certainly brought a breath of fresh air into our sporting environment and proved that Pakistani women are second to none.” The high points of the ceremony were video clips about Ghazala Ansari’s achievements and a personal message from Begum Samina Alvi, The First Lady, who expressed great admiration for the fact that this had been a totally ‘women’s show,’ right from its conception to its organisation, planning and execution. She lauded that even the Chief Referee and the sole financial sponsor were women. Two other video messages were also played containing personal messages from Gen Hilal, President PGF and Yasmin Mubarik, who had been her closest competitor. There could be no greater tribute to the golfing achievements of the legendary Ghazala Ansari. Credit for this must be given unequivocally to Dr Shami and her dedicated partners, Maimoona Azam, Bela Azam, Munazza Shaheen, Iffat Zahra, Aisha Moazzam, Shabana Waheed and Shahnaz Moeen who put their heart and soul into “making this event one of a kind."

GOLF - National07 Feb 2022

Kashmir Solidarity Day Golf Tournament concludes
Sports Bulletin Report ISLAMABAD:-The 2-day Kashmir Solidarity Day Golf Tournament concluded at the Bahria Golf Club Islamabad on Sunday. As many as 120 men, women and junior golfers participated in this event. Commenting on this Tournament, Dr Asma Afzal Shami, Chairperson Ladies Golf PGF, congratulated Sherbano for her excellent conducting of the tournament. She further stated: “I would also like to appreciate the fact that, by appointing Munazza Shaheen as the chief referee, she has created history as this is the first occasion on which a lady has acted as the chief referee of a golf match in which men have also participated. Farred Buttar and Hamza won 1st gross in the Father-Son category, while Mohammad Musa and Usama won 1st net. Among Amateur Couples, General and Begum Salman won 1st gross while Admiral and Begum Salim Akhtar won 1st net. In the Golfer-Nongolfer Couples Category, Rabia and Col Zaka won 1st gross while Qudsia and Col Altaf won 1st net. In the Junior Category, Shahan and Zaina Zeeshan won the 1st gross while Ali Musa and Amna Malik won 1st net.

GOLF - National30 Jan 2022

Defending Champion Shabbir Iqbal retains the title of Pakistan Open Golf Championship
Abdul Jabbar Faisal ISLAMABAD:-Defending champion Shabbir Iqbal from capital city Islamabad has won the 48th Pakistan Open Golf Championship 2022 with the score of 14 under par after playing over 72 holes that concluded at Karachi Golf Club (KGC) on Sunday. According to available information, top national golfer Shabbir Iqbal finished the 4th day with 14 under par to claim victory. He received Rs. 1119000 along with a beautiful trophy. Ahmed Baig from Pakistan Air Force (PAF) grabbed second position with 10 under par score and pocketed Rs. 710250 as award money. Matloob Ahmed of LGG got the third position with five under par. Waheed Baloch of Karachi Golf Club who maintained lead during first two days managed to reaching a gross of four under on final day ranking to 4th position. In the senior professionals’ category, Nisar Hussain topped with three over par while Mohammad Akram of Gym with six over par was spotted on second place. Mohammad Saqib of LGG was ahead with two over par while Nabeel Khan of of Airmen Golf Club was following Saqib with ten over par in the Junior Professionals’ category. Lt Gen (R) Mian Hilal Hussain, Federal Secretary Ministry of Defense Pakistan and President Pakistan Golf Federation distributed the prizes amongst the top players. Speaking at the occasion, General Hilal said: New talent in Golf is emerging in our country. Golf is getting equally popular amongst women and children. Out of 52 golf courses in Pakistan 14 are of international standards. Annually 140million rupees are being distributed in year-long Golf events across Pakistan. Chief Guest of the occasion, Governor Sindh Imran Ismail said “We need to support emerging golfers. Golf should be made assessable to play for everyone.” Chief Executive Officer of United Marine Agencies – Sohail Shams sponsored the Championship. Sohail congratulated the winners and KGC in organizing country’s major golf championship. Tournament Director Col Zahid Iqbal said: “We are thankful to AlMighty Allah for providing such a beautiful golf course in city. Hats off to the KGC management and team.” The golfers from all over Pakistan relished playing at the well-maintained greens of Karachi Golf Club. Leading Golfers from all over Pakistan appreciated the quality of course-way and enjoyed playing in Karachi’s pleasant weather and clear visibility.

GOLF - National29 Jan 2022

Pakistan Open Golf Championship: Title holder Shabbir Iqbal claims vital lead on third day
Sports Bulletin KARACHI:-Pakistan’s ace golfer Shabbir Iqbal from Islamabad came from behind and claimed an important lead with 13 under par on the third day of UMA 48th Pakistan Open Golf Championship 2022 here at Karachi Golf Club (KGC) on Saturday. Ahmed Baig from Pakistan Air Force did seven under par for reaching second position. Matloob Ahmed of LGG was on third position with six under par after completing 54 holes. Waheed Baloch of Karachi Golf Club, who maintained lead during first two days, played three under thus reaching a gross of four under on third day. In the senior professionals category Irfan Mehmood of Rawalpindi was holding first position with two over par. He is being followed by Naseer Khan of Peshawar and Mohammad Akram of Lahore with their gross score of three over par were jointly holding second lead. After today’s cut, 15 players will play the final rounds on Sunday in the senior professional category. In the Junior professionals category, Mohammad Saqib of LGG was leading with three over par. Nabeel Khan of Airmen Golf Club was following Saqib with six over par. After today’s cut in junior professional category, 10 golfers with compete in the final round. Amateur Omar Khalid of KGC while competing amongst Professionals was holding 29th position with five over par on Saturday. Next Amateur was Salman Jehangir from Lahore Gymkhana with ten over par. CEO of Karachi Golf Club Commodore Ghazanfar Abbas said: “The greens of KGC are in best shapes. Leading Golfers from all over Pakistan have appreciated the quality of course-way we have maintained for them. Players are enjoying playing in Karachi’s pleasant weather and clear visibility.”

GOLF - National29 Jan 2022

Pakistan Open Golf Championship: Waheed Baloch maintains leads on Second day
Sports Bulletin KARACHI:-Waheed Baloch of Karachi Golf Club maintained his lead with seven under par on the completion of second day of the ongoing Pakistan Open Golf Championship 2022. Defending Champion Shabbir Iqbal of ICGC was following him with gross of five under par. Ahmed Baig of PAF with Ansar Mehmood of MGG were behind him with joint score of four under par. Total 58 golfers have qualified to play in Round 3. Junior Professionals played the first round on Friday. Total 16 participated in this category. Mohammad Sahil of PGC was holding first with 73 one over par. He was being followed by Mohammad Saqib of LGG who managed 76 five over par. Tournament Director Col Zahid Iqbal said, “Leading Golfers from all over Pakistan are struggling hard at the lavish greens of Karachi Golf Club. Players are enjoying playing in the pleasant weather and clear visibility.” Waheed Baloch is in full form and came up as major hurdle for Defending Champion Shabbir Iqbal. UMA 48th Pakistan Open Golf 2022 has the highest prize money of PKR 10 Million, with return Dubai ticket along with golf rounds as Hole-in-One prize for the first claim.

GOLF - National27 Jan 2022

Pakistan Open Golf Championship: Waheed Baloch earns vital lead on Day-1
Sports Bulletin KARACHI:-The local golfer from Karachi Golf Club (KGC) earned a vital lead in the Pakistan Open Golf Championship 2022 that teed off on Thursday here. In the combined category of Professionals and Amateurs, Waheed Baloch of Karachi Golf Club is leading with five under par on the completion of first day. Defending Champion Shabbir Iqbal and Sajjad Khan of ICGC along with Ansar Mehmood of MGC were behind him with joint score of four under par. Total 109 professionals and amateurs participated on day one. The brilliant aspect of UMA 48th Pakistan Open Golf is that PGF has selected top ranked Amateurs to play and compete with top ranked Professionals from the same tee thus providing chance to top amateurs to compete with Professionals. According to PGF selection criteria, out of five mandatory championships, PGF considers only National Amateur held in 2021 in Peshawar. Based on this criteria, PGF has taken top ten National World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) players. Top ten in the list of 61st National Amateur Golf Championship in Male Amateur category and top ten ranked players in PGF National Amateur Rankings. Hence, common Top 15 selected for participation. Tournament Director Col Zahid Iqbal said, “PGF aims to train Amateurs for competing in the international tournaments. This decision will improve the quality of game in amateur category as in the past some amateurs have also won Pakistan Open.” Waheed Baloch of Karachi Golf Club recently claimed title of 11th Rashid D Habib Golf Tournament and has benefits of home ground, came up as challenge Shabbir would face. UMA 48th Pakistan Open Golf 2022 has the highest prize money of PKR 10 Million, with return Dubai ticket along with golf rounds as Hole-in-One prize for the first claim.” The Championship will be played over 72 holes of stroke play (18 holes each day) & 151 Professional Golfers along with Top ranked Amateurs from all over the country participated in order to contest & claim the title of Pakistan Champion for the year 2021-22. The Championship will be played stroke play under three categories Professionals/ Amateurs (72 Holes), Senior Professionals (54 Holes) & Junior Professionals (54 Holes).

GOLF - National26 Jan 2022

Pakistan Open Golf Championship starts from January 27, 2022
Sports Bulletin KARACHI (January 26, 2022):-Top national golfer Shabbir Iqbal will defend his title, as the 72 holes 48th Pakistan Open Golf Championship will start from Thursday (January 27) at Karachi Golf Club (KGC) Karachi. Final round will be played on January 30 at the same venue. Defending Champion Shabbir Iqbal, who was recently titled leader of Sindh Open Golf 2022, is all set and looks in full form to complete with his challengers. Waheed Baloch of Karachi Golf Club will have benefits of home ground, as he had edged Shabbir in 11th Rashid D Habib Golf and he may be a challenge for him. The most important National Golf Championship, Pakistan Open Golf is all set to tee off on its 48th edition with sponsorship by United Marine Agencies and is one of the most prominent golf events in PGF's calendar.  Tournament Director- Lieutenant Colonel Zahid Iqbal (Retd) welcomed the management for their full cooperation in order to organize the event in a befitting manner. He exclusively thanked Sohail Shams Chief Executive Officer, United Marine Agencies (Pvt) Limited, the Title sponsor of the event who sponsored Rs. 10 million for the championship. He also thanked Cdre Ghazanfar Abbas (Retd), Chief Operating Officer of Karachi Golf Club for their benevolent support in organizing the Pakistan largest event.  Lt. Col Zahid Iqbal said:                                                                                               “Country’s top golfers will compete in the Professionals category for the coveted trophy. The Championship has the highest prize money of Rs. 10 Million. President, Pakistan Golf Federation, Lieutenant General Mian Mohammad Hilal Hussain, Hilal e Imtiaz (Military) (Retired) has also announced return Dubai ticket along with golf rounds as Hole-in-One prize for the first claim.” “Course way and Greens are all in best shapes. Golf fans this year will witness aggressive tee offs, birdies, boggies and thrilling putts as competing players are well prepared and eager to claim their lion’s share from the award money.” Col Zahid added. The Championship will be played over 72 holes of stroke play (18 holes each day) and 151 Professional Golfers along with top ranked Amateurs from all over the country participated in order to contest and claim the title of Pakistan Champion for the year 2021-22. The Championship will be played stroke play under three categories Professionals/ Amateurs (72 Holes), Senior Professionals (54 Holes) & Junior Professionals (54 Holes).

GOLF - National23 Jan 2022

Defending Champion Shabbir Iqbal retains the title of Sindh Open Golf Championship
Sports Bulletin KARACHI:-Defending Champion Shabbir Iqbal retained the title of Sindh Open Golf Championship 2022 after winning the 23rd edition of top national golf showpiece, as the championship concluded at Airmen Golf Club Karachi on Sunday. Pakistan’s ace Golfer Shabbir Iqbal clinched the title with 208 under par 8 score by maintaining the lead from the first round of the Sindh Open Golf Championship 2022. Mohammad Naeem of PGC remained runner up with 215 one under par and Mohammad Ashfaq of AGC with 216 at par claimed third position. Speaking to media, Shabbir Iqbal who has completed 194 titles, said, “I am thankful to Al-Mighty Allah for winning the Sindh Open Golf 2022. Loosing title at last week’s Rashid D Habib was my bad luck, however now I played carefully. I am well prepared for Pakistan Open, Chief of Air Staff Tournament and DHA Open.” Mohammad Saqib of LGG with seven over par secured first position in Junior Professionals. Second position in this category is jointly shared by Abdul Wadood from MTG and Nabeel Khan of Airmen Golf Club. In the senior professional category Tahir Naseem from GYM stood first with four over par while Mohammad Akram was runner up with eight over par. Salman Jehangir from LG lead Amateurs category with two over par. Yashal Shah and Saim Shazli of KGC secured second and third positions. Omar Khalid of DHA succeeded fourth position with Gross 240 at par. President Sindh Golf Association- Khurram Khan distributed prizes and trophies amongst the leaders of final day. Khurram said, “The strong winds during the last two days did challenged the golfers, however they accepted the challenge. We will continue promoting Golf players in Pakistan.”

GOLF - National22 Jan 2022

Sindh Open Golf 2022: Defending Shabbir Iqbal maintains lead on Day-2
Sports Report KARACHI:-Defending champion Shabbir Iqbal maintained his lead on the second day of the ongoing 23rd Sindh Open Golf Championship with five under par score after playing 36 holes game at green lush course of the Airmen Golf Club Karachi on Saturday. Topper has started the day two with six under par. Mohammad Naeem of PGC, Zubair Hussain of PAF and Wisal Khan of PGC are following Shabbir with joint score of 145 one over par. LGG’s Mohammad Shahzad with his two over par was at 5th while Matloob Ahmed of same club LGG was at sixth with three over par. In the senior professional category Tahir Naseem maintained top position with four over par. Mohammad Akram achieved 2nd position with eight over par. Both represent Lahore Gymkhana. In the Junior Professionals, Mohammad Saqib from LGG has taken top position with seven over par, followed by Abdul Wadood from Multan and Nabeel Khan of Airmen Golf Club. Both have tied for 2nd position. Saim Shazli of KGC was ahead in Amateurs category with Gross 157, 13 over par and being followed by Salman Jahangir of LG with Gross 158, 14 over par. Omar Khalid of DHA held third position with Gross 161, 17 over par.