LAHORE: Through a steady performance, Pakistan Team with upcoming stars Salman Jahangir and Taimoor Khan managed to beat Sri Lankan Team of Sisri Kumara and P Hemanta to capture the J R Jayawardene Trophy of the 53rd National Amateur Golf Championship of Pakistan at the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club Golf Course here on Saturday. This brought good tidings all around as last year Pakistan had been at the receiving end and Sri Lanka defeated them to take home the trophy. In this way the combination of Salman and Taimoor Khan combined exceedingly well and first won the International Team Title on Friday, after 36 holes of competition, and yesterday swayed the victory in favour of the hosts to successfully capture the coveted trophy. This brings a lot of compliments to the efforts of Pakistan Golf Federation who are making efforts to give a boost to the game in Pakistan.
The contest for the Inter Association Team Trophy among Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa, Punjab, Sindh and Federal Territory concluded yesterday after 54 holes (three rounds) and to amaze everyone Punjab emerged as the champions after thrashing Sindh fair and square. The last 18 holes punch by Punjab was too much for Sindh who could not hold on to the top slot.
And Asad IA Khan, the manager of Sindh rightly said, the final blow was simply unbearable. At the start of the day, Sindh had an advantage of 7 strokes which was a big margin ,yet the leaders could not foresee the excellence that Punjab could come up with. For Punjab, Muhammad Rehman (72), Ghazanfar Mehmood (74) and Mohsen Zafar (73) reflected mastery and control and their nearest competitors just could not match the excellence. Sindh team members Waseem Rana, Ali Hai, Mansoor Teli and Zohaib Asif lost their way and found the challenge of the golf course too hot to handle. The final team scores were Punjab 679; Sindh 687; Federal 699; Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa 702 and Balochistan 733.
Individual leaderboard position:
Zulfiqar Ali (Multan) 70+76+74=210
Salman Jahangir (Gymkhana) 76+72+77=225
Ghazanfar Mehmood (Rawalpindi) 76+76+74=226
Taimoor Khan (Peshawar) 72+75+79=226
Ali Hai (Karachi) 75+74+77=226
Mubariz Ahmed (Islamabad) 74+72+81=227
Others in line are Naeem Khan 228 and Mohsen Zafar 228,
Amongst the ladies, the top one was Maryama Khan with scores of 83+83=166, followed by Ghazala Yasmin 85+83=168, Ami Qin 82+91=17, Zeb un Nisa 89+94=179 and Ana James 92+95=187. Sunday (today) is the final day of the championship and at the conclusion of the championship, the prize distribution will be held at Royal Palm Golf Club at 5:00 pm.
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