LAHORE: The 53rd National Amateur Golf Championship of Pakistan sponsored by United Bank (UBL) concluded at the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club Golf Course here on Sunday, and after four days of gruelling golf, Zulfiqar Ali of Multan emerged as the national champion for the year 2014. Zulfiqar was consistent all through the four rounds and though he was ahead at the start of the final day, one did expect that he would be challenged by his nearest rivals over the final 18 holes. However, no such drama took place and Zulfiqar stuck to his position as the leader as the concluding 18 holes progressed and the competition came to a close. While Zulfiqar's quest for the title was unchecked the others were compelled to fight for the runners-up position.
In the race for the runner-up slot, a 22 years old soldier of Pakistan Army, Naeem Khan of Abbotabad, who started golf five years back and plays with a sub standard golf set, diverted the competition his way as he played with an impressive touch birdeing three holes, 3rd, 12th, 16th. His final card of 74 gave him a four days aggregate of 302 and he ended the championship five strokes behind the leader. Naeem has the temperament of a champion and if supported by the golf bodies, he could be a great future prospect. As for other results in men's net, Mubraiz Ahmed won the first net while Sadiquue Rehman came second. Omer Salamat ended up third.
In the women's section, Ami Qin of Islamabad won the title with scores of 82, 91 and 78 and an aggregate of 251. Maryama Khan (Gymkhana) was the runner-with scores of 83, 83 and 87 and a total aggregate of 253. Ghazala Yasmin of Garrison came third. Her scores were 85, 83 and 86 and the aggregate was 254. In the contest for net honours, Ana James Gill (Royal Palm) won the first net position followed by Zaib un Nisa (Royal Palm) second and Shahzadi Gulfam (Punjab Police) third.
Zulfiqar Ali (Multan) 70+76+74+77=297
Naeem Khan (Abbotabad) 73+76+79+74=302
Ghazanfar Mehmood (Garden View Golf Club) 76+76+74+77=303
Mubariz Ahmed (Islamabad) 74+72+81+76=303
Ali Hai (Karachi) 75+74+77+78=304
Mohammad Nazim (Bangladesh) 77+78+74+76=305
M Rehman (Royal Palm) 77+81+72+77=307
Mohsen Zafar (Royal Palm) 76+79+73+79=307.
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