Youthful Isfandyar maintains lead in Governor’s Cup golf

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LAHORE, Sept 24 (APP): Showing accuracy and superior golfing skills, youthful Isfandyar Khan kept his hold on the top position at the conclusion of the second round of the Governor’s Cup Golf Tournament, here on Saturday at Lahore Gymkhana course.

Seventeen-year-old Isfandyar kept his cool and avoided any kind of hiccups, and produced a round of net 71 on the second day and that gave him an aggregate score of 138
net, six under par over two days and he has an advantage of three strokes over his nearest rivals, Ahmed Zafar Hayat, a seasoned golfer with considerable experience and Asad Abbas, a relatively new one who has hardly any experience of a three days event.

These two contenders are bracketed at a score of 141 net, three under par but ability wise Ahmed Zafar is battle hardened and capable of giving a tough time to the leader while Asad Abbas is full of talent and can shine on a day when the stars provide a bit of favourable support.

In the Millat Tractors sponsored premier golfing activity, Isfandyar was once again accurate off the tees and shot making from the fairways was crisp and target oriented as
many towering aspirants find themselves weeded out of contention as they hit too many inaccurate shots and their putting was errors loaded and hence their golfing scores ballooned and far exceeded the over par range that does not fetch any kind of honors.

As far the competition itself, quite a few contenders are not amongst the first three but look well placed in terms of performance and scores. Amongst them Rehman Saleem
is placed at a net score of 142, followed by Hamza Mansoor, a former Governor’s Cup title-holder at a score of net 143. Also at 143 is Lt-Col Adil Jehangir.

Others in line are Ahmed Baig at 144, Taimur Shabbir and Tariq Abbas Qureshi at 146 and four players are at 147.

They are Ahmed Nawaz Tiwana, Jamal Nasir, Usman Ahmed and Tanwir Najam Butt. Score-wise the outstanding rounds of the second day came from Hamza Mansoor and Ahmed Zafar Hayat. Hamza came up with a gross round of net 67 and Ahmed Zafar Hayat scored a net 68.

In the fight for the gross honors, Ahmed Baig leads the chase with a two days gross of 148. Ahmed Zafar Hayat has a two days gross aggregate of 149 with Wazir Ali at 153 and Sardar Murad at 154.

The prize distribution ceremony of the grand event will be held on Sunday at at 5pm and Punjab Governor Muhammed Rafiq Rajwana will be the chief guest.