Matloob clinches Quaid Open Golf title


In the Shezan International-backed 2nd Quaid-e-Azam Open Golf Championship contested at the Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course over 54 holes, Matloob Ahmed of Garrison Golf Club emerged as the title winner after successfully curbing the charge of champions like M. Munir (U Fone) and Shabbir Iqbal (Islamabad) . Throughout the final round Matloob Ahmed remained a champion in command and it was only for a few moments in the final go that Munir looked like taking over from the ultimate winner but steady and consistently classy play won the day and the occasion for Matloob. He ended the championship with an aggregate score of 205, eleven under par as against a score of 208 by M. Munir. Matloob looked like a champion delighted with his own performance and when he putted the final 18th hole, and stated: “I consider myself a very fortunate man today as I have won the Quaid Title”. He further said that the Gymkhana Golf Course was in great shape and the perfect roll on the greens certainly went to my advantage.
The Top Position holders were Matloon Ahmed (U Fone) 66+68+71=205; Mohammed Munir (Islamabad) 66+70+72=208; Shabbir Iqbal (Islamabad) 73+68+70=211; Kamran Shafiq (Gymkhana) 73+68+72=213; Imdad Hussian (Garrison) 70+70+76=216; M. Safdar Khan (Gujranwala) 69+73+75=217. In the amateur section the gross winner was Salman Jehangir while Asma Afzal Shami emerged as the top lady, stunning Ghazala Yasmin and playing steadily to appear as a mature golfer of substance. Other Results; Ladies Section; Shahzadi Gulfam, 1st Net; Sameea Javed Ali, 2nd Net; Tehmina Rashid, 3rd Net; Mrs. Asma Afzal Shami, 1st Gross; Ghazala Yasmee, 2nd Gross; Nushmiya Sukhera, 3rd Gross.
Results; Vetrans Section; Javed A. Zia, 1st Net; Raja M. Nazir, 2nd Net; Javed Hameed, 3rd Net; Col. Abdul Ghaffar, 1st Gross; Brig (R) Farooq A. Khan, 2nd Gross; Maj (R) U. D. Najmi, 3rd Gross.
Results; Seniors Section; Asad Niaz, 1st Net; M Shafique Bhatti, 2nd Net; Ishfaq Khalid, 3rd Net; Lt. Col Asif Mehdi, 1st Gross; Javed A Khan, 2nd Gross; Abdul Qayyum Rashid, 3rd Gross.
Results; Amateurs Section; Usman Saleem Cheema, 1st Net; Dr. Arshad Mehmood, 2nd Net; Hamza Mansoor, 3rd Net; Salman Jehangir, 1st Gross; Rabin Bagh, 2nd Gross; Muhammad Rahman, 3rd Gross. Amongs the Senior Professionals, Shoukat Ali acheived the first position followed by Ghulam Nabi, Manzoor Ahmed and Asghar Ali, all at the second position. At the conclusion of the championship the prizes were awarded by Muneer Nawaz, Chairman Shezan Internaitonal, in a grand prize distribution ceremony attended by M. S. Jaujua, Waseem A. Mehmood, Mian Misbah-ur-Rehman, Amer Mehmood, Agha Pervez, Mian Pervez Bhandara . parlimentarian Arifa Parvez and a large number of participating golfers.