Closing ceremony of CNS Open Golf Championship held

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KARACHI, Aug 8 (APP): The closing ceremony of 21st Chief of Naval Staff Open Golf Championship 2016 was held at Karachi Golf Club on Monday.
Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah was the chief guest on the occasion.
During the ceremony, one minute silence was observed for the martyrs of Quetta terror attack.
The four-day event was held from August 4 to 7 and continues to be the highest prize money golf event of Pakistan offering Rs 6.0 million and in addition Rs 0.5 M for caddies / semi Professional Match of KGC.
The championship was open to various categories which include 36 holes each for caddies, semi professionals, senior professionals and junior professionals, 18 holes for seniors and ladies, 9 holes for veterans and 72 holes matches each for Professionals and Amateurs.
Addressing the ceremony, Chief of the Naval Staff Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah strongly condemned the tragic Quetta terrorist attack which left more than 70 people dead and several injured.
While expressing his sympathies with bereaved families, the Naval Chief said that our prayers are with the victims and their families and declared the incident a great loss to the nation.
He termed the incident a gutless act. He said that such cowardly acts by the terrorists cannot deter the morale of our nation and particularly our armed forces who have made substantial sacrifices to protect the country against this menace.
Later, the chief guest, while commending the sportsman spirit of the participants said that Pakistan Navy will continue its efforts and support for promotion of this sport and organizing Golf Championships of this stature every year.
The Naval Chief also praised efforts of Karachi Golf Club Staff for organizing such a mega event. The Admiral also said that golf undoubtedly is fast becoming a popular sport among all ages including ladies and the youth in the country.
He expressed his satisfaction over the keen participation and healthy contest during the course of this championship. He also congratulated the prize winners and expressed his special gratitude to the sponsors for their continued support to the game of golf.
The ceremony was attended by a large number of dignitaries from Armed Forces, civil society and golfers.