LAHORE: The competition for the Royal Palm Golf Championship concluded at the beautiful par-72 Royal Palm Club Golf Course here on Monday. In conditions that were most demanding, Sardar Murad emerged as the champion while his nearest rival Mohsen Zafar fought it out to the very end but then a poor putt on the 16th hole cost him a birdie and gave Murad an advantage that helped him through to victory by a margin of three strokes. Murad completed the two rounds with a two days aggregate score of gross149, a 75 on the first day and 74 on the final day while Mohsen aggregated a score of 152, for two rounds. Other notable ones were Abbas Ali Khan and Faisal Sayid. They did make an effort to unsettle the front-runners over the first nine holes but then found Murad too steady and solid and any possibility of edging past him faded away over the last nine holes.
Along with the race for champion title, there was also a race for winning the coveted captains prize. In the final moments of the championship, this competition centred around Waqar Butt, Umair Butt and Abbas Ali Khan. In the end, Waqar showed his mettle by concluding the final round with a net score of 73 and an aggregate score of net 144 for the two days. In this way he won the prestigious captain’s prize. Abbas ended up as the runner-up while Umair was third.
Others who ended up winning prizes were Saeedul Haseeb for nearest to the pin and Mir Maaz Mehmood won the longest drive prize. On this occasion prizes were also awarded to those who had done hole in one during the year and they were Haris Naseer, Amir Mehmood, Abdullah Sharif, Abbas Ali Khan, Imran Zafar, Masood Pervez and Taha Malik. Happy with their performances were Dr Tashbeeb and Mohammad Ashraf. At the conclusion of the tournament, Ramzan Sheikh, CEO Royal Palm, awarded prizes to the top performers in a well-attended prize distribution ceremony.
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