Addressing a press conference here Thursday at the Gymkhana Golf Club, Amer Mehmood, Captain Golf, gave details of the three-day activity.Convenor Khawaja Imran Zubair, Diector Millat Tractors Ahsan Imran and Tournament Director Khawaja Pervaiz Saeed were also present on the occasion.Khawaja Pervaiz informed that the time has come, once again for the aspiring amateur golfers of the country to try their luck and make efforts to achieve success in this prestigious Governor’s Cup Golf Tournament.
“A large number of golf players of the country eagerly look forward to this grand event because it affords them an opportunity to test their golfing skills and the same time gauge the progress in their golf game and ability,” he added.He further said that age wise, this championship enters the 28th year and all along, the support of Millat Group of Companies, headed by a keen and enthusiastic golfer and also a corporate leader, Sikandar Mustafa Khan has always been a bright spot of the occasion. In keeping with past practice and tradition, Sikandar Mustafa Khan, Chairman of this top corporate entity, has ensured continuity of the required sponsorship.
This brings glad tidings for the large number of participants who look forward to getting joy out of participation and performing to a level where excellence in application of golfing skills becomes their benchmark.Amer Mehmood, Captain Golf, stated that the event is open to amateurs, seniors, veterans and ladies. He further said that the main stakeholders in this championship are the amateurs and “we expect them to fight it out for honors and glory,” he said.He said that the events to be contested among seniors, ladies, amateurs and veterans.
He further said that evaluation of participants potential golfers attaining a handicap of 4 and below ate considered an honour and an achievement. Quite a few of such talented golfers are taking part in this such as Mohammad Rehman (Royal Palm), Maj Khushal Khan (Abbottabad), Ghazanfar Mehmood (Rawalpindi), Imran Ahmed (Gymkhana), Sameer Iftikhar (Gymkhana), Khawaja Imran Zubair (Gymkhana), Khalid Mahmood (Rawalpindi), Robin Bagh (Sargodha), Idrees Nisar Tinkoo (Rawalpindi), Haider Attique (Rawalpindi), Wazir Ali (Gymkhana).Other strong contenders are Sardar Murad Khan (5), Lt Col Raja Asif Mehdi (5), Waleed Zubair (9), Dr. Arshad Mahmood (9).
As per rules of the competition, the Championship trophy will be awarded to the competitor with the best net score.By virtue of this, players with a double digit handicap and ample golf playing skills can tilt the advantage their way, if nerves are kept in control, and, application of golfing skills is continuous and steady:Ayub Qureshi, Jamal Nasir, Danish Javed Khan, Mohammad Nasir Irshad, Dr. Dildar Hussain, Asad Agha and Sardar Muhammad Ahmed Leghari.He further said that the prizes are for amateurs best net and the main trophy will be awarded to the champion with the best net score.
The defending champion is Sardar Muhammad Ahmad Leghari of Lahore Gymkhana. Other Winners of the past decade are Mr. Mohammad Nasir Irshad (2009), Mr. Mohsen Zafar (2008), Mr. Waleed Zubair (2007), Dr Zahid A Khan (2006), Mr Muhammad Hashim (2005), Mr. Tashfeen Ashraf (2004), Mr. Shoaib S Bokhari (2003), Mr. Omer Azim (2002), Mr. Mohammad Safdar (2001).Prize distribution ceremony will be held at 4 pm on Sunday at Lahore Gymkhana Golf Club. Governor Punjab Sardar Mohammad Latif Khan Khosa will be the chief guest. Ahsan Imran of Millat Group stated that Millat realises its corporate social responsibility and has contributed substantially to the flood relief efforts and continues to patronise golf and hopes to contribute in this sport. – PT