A press conference was held at Lahore Gymkhana Golf Club,on Thursday 8th December in connection with the 1st QUAID_E_AZAM OPEN GOLF CHAMPIONSHIP and adressed by M.Sharif Janjua,Marketing nsultant,Shezan International,Wasim Mahmood,Director Marketing,Shezan,Khawaja Imran Zubair,Convenor Golf,Amir Mehmood,Captain Golf,and Khawaja Pervaiz Saeed,Tournament Director.
Khawaja Pervaiz,Tournament Director stated that through a superb initiative the Lahore Gymkhana Golf Committee and Shezan International Ltd have combined to originate an open golf championship in the name of Father of the Nation, appropriately titled as QUAID-e-AZAM Open Golf Championship. Not there on the national golf calendar previously, it will help to illuminate the competitive golf scene with an event that will be a celebrated and distinguished one and glisten and glow as a major championship of Pakistan. As a consequence thereof, the holding of this tournament represents an enormous occasion for Lahore Gymkhana as the Organizers and Shezan International Ltd, as the title sponsors.
He also said that,for the professional golf players of Pakistan, this event seeks to create a prodigious opportunity and ample are the cash prizes for the top performers, besides non cash awards for the participating amateurs. A million rupee cash bag is there for distribution amongst the 40 best professionals and featuring in the contest will be players of remarkable ability and talent and one can expect them to show their extraordinary golf ability. Watching the top players of our golf circuit in action is always a delight and this grand occasion provides an opportunity to the golf lovers to quench their love for the game by observing tremendous performances by the leading stars of the golf circuit.
Amir Mehmood,Captain Golf said that,the title sponsor of this championship is Shezan International Ltd, regarded as the most progressive and front runner in all pure premium quality Guava, juices and allied items.On this occasion Wasim Mahmood,Director Marketing,Shezan stated that the Shezan Management was glad to promote healthy activity,in these otherwise depressing days,and they were proud to be associated with a championship that was named after the Father of The Nation and hoped to continue support of this event in years to come.Amir Mehmood explained the tournament details which were as follows.
|Category||Eligibility||Dates of Competition|
(over 50 years of age)
|Open to Senior Professionals of all golf clubs in Pakistan||Thursday 8th December 2011|
(Over 55 years of age)
|Open to all Golf Clubs affiliated with PGF – Handicap 14 & Below||Thursday 8th December 2011|
(70 years age & above)
|Open to all Golf Clubs affiliated with PGF – Handicap 18 & Below||Thursday 8th December 2011|
|Open to Professionals of all golf clubs in Pakistan||Friday 9th to Sunday 11th December 2011|
|Open to all Golf Clubs affiliated with PGF – Handicap 12 & Below||Friday 9th to Sunday 11th December 2011|
|Open to all Golf Clubs affiliated with PGF – Handicap 24 & Below||Sunday 11th December 2011|
Details of Participants:
a. Professionals – 85
b. Senior Professionals – 24
c. Amateurs – 100
d. Seniors – 40
e. Veterans – 30
e. Ladies – 10
Prominent Professionals in order of their national ranking are:
1) Muhammad Shabbir, Islamabad 2) Matloob Ahmed, Gymkhana
3) Munir, Islamabad 4) Shahid Javed Khan, Royal Palm
5) Tariq, Islamabad 6) Imdad Hussain, Lahore Garrison
7) Baloch, Karachi 8) Mohammad Siddique, Lyallpur
9) Yousaf, Karachi 10) Afsar Ali, Karachi
As for the young and upcoming professionals, the names of Aadil Jehangir and Shafique Masih stand out and their performances will be under focus.
Notable amongst the amateurs participating in this championship are Ahmed Zafar (Isd), Mohammad Rehman (RP), Nadeem Abbas (Sargodha), Maj Khushal (Abbotabad), Ghazanfar Mehmood (Rwp), Khalid Mehmood (Rwp), Robin Bagh (Sargodha), Wazir Ali (Gym) and Raheel Ikram (Gujranwala).
Total prize money is Rs 1,000,000.
It will be distributed to the Professionals who win top 40 positions.
Winner will receive Rs 146,000/-
Senior Professionals (Cash)
Total prize money is Rs 200,000.
First 10 Position holders will be entitled to receive cash prizes.
Khawaja Imran Zubair,Convenor Golf spelled out the features of the golf course which he said had,
Excellent tees, immaculate fairways and true and fast greens.
Fairway conditions will make shot making a pleasure.
55 bunkers, 6 water hazards and out of bounds on 8 holes add to the challenge and test of the champions ability and force them to strategize and plan their shots.