Shabbir clinches Punjab Open Golf Championship title
Karachi: Islamabad’s Shabbir Iqbal, the top ranked golf professional of the country, clinched the title of Punjab Open Golf Championship, which concluded Sunday at Lahore’s Defence Raya Golf Course.
Shabbir asserted his authority on day three also, the final day of the championship, which was sponsored by DHA, Toyota Garden Motors and Changhang Ruba.
Shabbir Iqbal had a comfortable 18 holes golfing walk to the winners rostrum without being challenged either by Hamza Amin or Anser Mehmood or even his rival of almost fifteen years Mohammad Munir.
All Shabbir had to do was to play regulation golf without feeling necessity of taking risks either in shot making or opting for bold putting on the greens.
With the help of text book accuracy in shot making, however Shabbir was all focused on recording pars and once in a while when he came across a bogey it was immediately taken care of through a neutralizing birdie.
His final round score comprised of two birdies, thirteen pars and three bogies and a final round score of gross 73 and a three days aggregate of 212, four under par. With this score, he had a four stroke edge over the two competitors, M. Munir (Islamabad) and Khalid Khan (Peshawar) at the conclusion of the Championship.
As for Munir and Khalid Khan, there were adequate twists and turns and all through the final round there was a visible tussle for supremacy for the second position. M. Munir ended the final day with a round of 70 and an aggregate of 216 while Khalid also ended the day at an aggregate score of 216, helped by a final day score of 68. The two had the consolation of sharing the second slot.
The young one Hamza Amin faltered on two holes in the course of the final round that spoiled his chances of total success and he barely managed the third slot which he shared with Anser Mehmood of Islamabad. Hamza and Anser ended the championship with an aggregate score of 217.
The top ten positions in Professional section were achieved by Shabbir Iqbal(Islamabad), M. Munir( Islamabad), Khalid Khan(Peshawar), Hamza Amin (Islamabad), Anser Mehmood (Islamabad), M. Alam (Defence Raya), M. Safdar Khan (Gujranwala), Shahid Javed Khan (Gymkhana), Talib Hussain (CDA) and Sajid Khan (Islamabad), Mohammed Munir (Islamabad), Shahid Javed Khan (Royal Palm), Mohammad Siddique (Faisalabad) and Waheed Baloch. A total prize money of Rs two million was distributed amongst the top 40 professionals.
In the contest for top positions in the amateur event, Ashiq Husain won the first gross with a score of 222. Zohaib Asif came second with a score of 225. Ghazanfar Mehmood of Garden City Golf Club came third despite a score of 225 also. He lost to Zohaib as the score of Zohaib in the last round was better.
Meanwhile, Ghazala Yasmin of Garrison Golf Club won the Punjab title for the third consecutive year. The net section winner was Suneya Osama of Garrison Golf Club. Senior Professional section winner was Imdad Hussain of Pakistan Railways. Javed Inayat of Karachi came second. Senior Amateur gross section winner was Mian Nusrat Waseem. Col Saud of Peshawar came second. The junior professional section winner was Minhaj Maqsood of Rawalpindi. Asad Khan of PAF came second.