Shabbir regains glory in Sindh Open crown after three years

KARACHI – Pakistan's legendary golfer Muhammad Shabbir Iqbal ended in a blaze of glory in the Faysal Bank 16th Sindh Open Golf Championship by grabbing the crown after the lapse of three years on Sunday.

Shabbir Iqbal, 34, of Islamabad Golf Club, ended with a gross aggregate of 207 to win the title by four strokes. He fired the rounds of 69, 68 and 70 to lead 46 golfers on the final day at the imposing settings of Arabian Sea Country Club.

Spectacular Shabbir, who performed the treble by winning the Sindh Open titles in 2008, 2009, and 2010, remained consistent throughout this event with brilliant driving, chipping and putting at the greens. Definitely it was great sighs of relief that after missing the titles in the past three years I broke the jinx,” Shabbir, remarked.

After securing five strokes I was confident to regain Sindh Open which I eventually won, he added. Shabbir Iqbal got the glittering trophy and cash purse of Rs.219, 450 at the presentation ceremony from Fouad Farrkh, Head of Retail Banking Faysal Bank.

Zafar Abbas Jafri, General Manager Coca Cola, Arif Ali Khan Abbasi, Chief Executive ASCC and President Sindh Golf Association (SGA) and other officials were also present on the occasion. Muhammad Ashfaque of Airman Golf Club got the runner-up trophy and cash purse of Rs.147, 630 while Matloob Ahmed of Lahore Gymkhana got Rs.91913 for finishing third.

Veteran professional golfer Ghulam Nabi of Lahore Gymkhana won the senior professional title when he beat Asghar Ali on third hole to clinch the senior professional title after both were tied at 145.

Ghulam Nabi made a birdie while Asghar played a par round in the third hole. Muhammad Ilyas finished third. Both Ghulam Nabi and Asghar were tied with a total of 145 after 36-hole. Muhammad Ilyas of Lahore Gymkhana. However golfers expressed their disappointment for not winning the Suzuki Wagnor for hole-in-one.

Ghazanfar Mehmood of Rawalpindi won the amateur title by aggregating

220 after rounds of 73, 73, 74. Muhammad Zubair of SSGA and Waseem Rana, who was initially disqualified for reporting late finished joint second with gross total of with 231 while Mohsen Zafar of Rawalpindi was third with total of 234.

SGA President Asad I.A.Khan said WaSEEM Rana’s car was punctured while coming to ASCC. He informed the Organizing Committee about the incident and was allowed to continue in the event.

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