Lahore: The PGA Inter Club Golf Championship of Punjab, organized by Punjab Golf Association, concluded at the Lahore Garrison Greens Golf Course in Lahore after two days of golf competition involving sixteen member teams of Defence Raya Golf Club, Rawalpindi Golf Club and Lahore Garrison Greens.
Playing format required that each club team comprise of two golf professionals, four amateur golfers, two junior golf professionals, two junior boys, two junior girls, two ladies and two senior amateurs. This team mix represented an unorthodox combination and clubs had to initiate and set in motion a selection process that would enable ushering in of golf players of merit especially in the categories of junior girls and junior boys. Diligent, earnest and strenuous effort on the part of the clubs resulted in unearthing talent and the selected ones geared up to bring laurels for their parent clubs.
The two days of this championship belonged to Lahore Garrison Greens as their golf professionals, Matloob Ahmed and M Shahzad played marvelously well and completely out-golfed their opponents from Defence Raya and Rawalpindi. In the quest for top positions, the four amateur players of this club, Tariq Mehmood ,Nouman Ilyas, Col (r) M Shafi and Damil Ataullah were equally vibrant and lent strengthening support to their fellow team members of professional category. As if this was not enough the team members Rustam Ali Chatta and Asif Mehdi belonging to senior amateur ranks did not lag behind and came out with incredible performances.
Winning points were also added by the two ladies, Ghazala Yasmin and Suneya Osama and the junior girls Hadiya Osama and Bushra Fatima. Out of these two Bushra Fatima gave a brilliant performance. Winning credit is also due to junior professionals and two junior boys. Performance wise this Lahore Garrison Team has excelled in this Championship and virtually routed the teams of Rawalpindi and Defence Raya.
Lahore Garrison accumulated 2600 points as against 2717 points by Defence Raya, the runners up and 2900 points by Rawalpindi. Most certainly the Garrison team players came up with a well crafted effort and now enter the finals of the National Inter Club Championship, scheduled to start from Friday.
At the conclusion of PGA Inter Club Golf Competition, Brig (r) Tahir Saleem, Vice President, Punjab Golf Association handed over the champion team trophy to Garrison Golf Team and their Captain, Col (r) Asif Mehdi and Manager Col Zaeem ur Rehman, in a ceremony attended by Brig (r) Shahid Wahab Rao of Punjab Golf Association, Muhammed Zakir of PGA and participating players. The champion team was also awarded a cheque of Rs 500,000 by Punjab Golf Association.