Zohaib Asif of DHA Karachi and M Saqib of Lahore Garrison, who are two young second tier golf professionals in their early twenties, look accomplished, capable and skillful as the three-round 4th Punjab Jinnah Development Tour Golf Championship 2021 moves into the final phase here at the Royal Palm Golf and Country Club golf course.
Zohaib scored a spectacular gross 68 in the first round and backed it up with par round of 72 on the second day and by virtue of this sustained effort occupies the top position on the leaderboard with an aggregate score of 140, four under par. As for Saqib, he is also placed at the admirable score of 140, four under par with a first round 70 and another 70 yesterday. The fight is on and since Zohaib and Saqib are efficient and effective, the final round combat will be a close affair.
Standing at second position are Zeeshan Khan and Aamir Khan of Peshawar Golf Club with an aggregate score of 143, one under par. These two may be three strokes behind the leaders Zohaib and Saqib but prowess and talent wise they are intelligent players and certainly their chances of subduing any of the two leaders are promising and reassuring. More participating competitors, who hope to do well, are Abdul Zahoor (Multan) at 145 and one stroke behind him are three outstanding ones M Safdar (Gujranwala), Asad Khan (PAF) and M Akhter (Islamabad) at 146.
A few more not in a position to win but doing well are Sunny Masih and Asif Ali (Gymkhana) at 147, while M Imran (Defence Raya), M Abid (KGC), Suleman Akhter(Gymkhana) and Syed Raza Ali Rizvi (PAF Skyview) are at 148. The cut was placed yesterday and 44 competitors earn the right to compete in the final round on Friday at the Royal Palm Golf Course. Prize money for the event, being organised by Punjab Golf Association and Royal Palm, is Rs 1.5 million.