LAHORE, Sept 23 (APP): Top players Asfandyar Khhna, Wazir Ali and Tariq Abbas Qureshi displayed quality golfing skills and emerged as top three leaders at the end of the first round of the 33rd Millat Tractors Governors Cup Golf Tournament at the par 72 Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course, here on Friday.
Asfandyar, a very young player, is the outright leader with a round of net 67, five under par, Wazir an accomplished one and Tariq Abbas a devoted one are bracketed at a score of net 70, two under par. Sikandar Mustafa of Millat Tractors was in touch and also was Ahsam Imran to offer a word of encouragement to the leading performers. In fact, Ahsan Imran hit a youth-oriented powerful tee shot to tee off the championship.
Out of the remaining 72 aspirants taking part in this prestigious competition, those who came safely through the first 18 holes, besides the top three leaders are Ahmed Baig (Lahore Garrison), Najam Hafeez (Gymkhana) and Asad Abbas (Gymkhana). These three played with a consistent touch to produce similar score of net 71 and are bracketed at this score.
Following them are Raza Saeed and Jehanzeb Saleh and are placed at a score of net 72.
Others in line are four contestants, and they are placed at the score of net 73. Mohsen Zafar, the defending champion, is one and three others are Ahmed Zafar Hayat, Salman Jehangir and Tanwir Najam Butt.
The bright spot of the first day was that at least 15 players reflected game of quality in the net section and 10 players impressed with their performances in the gross category.
The captain of Gymkhana Golf Club, Sardar Murad, and convenor golf, Agha Ali Imam, hoped that the leading contenders of the first day will continue the champion-like approach and tackle the demands of this razor-sharp competition like established champions.
For Asfandyar, it has been a wonderful day as he is a very young one who has been working hard during the past four weeks, duly monitored and coached by his golf playing father.
“I am extremely happy about the way I hit the tee shots. They were all accurate and the distance was in the 280 yard plus range. And the consoling thing was that I got a pat on the back from my father. That really made my day,” said Asfandyar.
Besides Asfandyar, star performers of the first day were Wazir Ali, Tariq Abbas Qureshi and the very young one Ahmed Baig and as things stand the competition over the remaining two days will be immensely competitive.
Gross section leader is Wazir Ali with a score of gross 72, followed by Ahmed Baig at 73 and Mohsen Zafar at 76 ball.
The tee off tomorrow (Saturday) will be at 8:30am for men amateurs and 12:45pm for ladies.