LAHORE - The Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF) Qualifying School Golf Event 2021-22 embarked on a four rounds competitive journey simultaneously here at the Royal Palm Golf Course and the PAF Skyview Golf Course on Tuesday.
This qualifying school golfing voyage provides a track to 280 aspiring professional golf players who seek to become a part of the lucrative and esteemed national golf circuit of Pakistan. Competition is enormous and at the conclusion of the four rounds trek, only the top 55 will have the distinction of being awarded professional golf players card that entitles them to make professional golf a career.
At the end of the first round, Shahid Hanif of Lahore Gymkhana managed to sparkle as he applied his golf playing skills with comprehension and thereby made his capabilities known with an illustrious round of gross 71, one under par. Out of the 280 participants, he was the only one to attain an under-par round that was achieved by flawless and technically impeccable golf.
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However, equally adept were six adversaries who ended the first round with a tidy and immaculate score of gross 72. They may have missed the under-par pedestal, but they look well placed for a fight in the three rounds to come, as they are merely one stroke behind the leader. These prominent ones are Muhammed Bilal, Zulfiqar Ali, Aamir Khan (all from Rawalpindi Golf Club), Asif Shafi, M Asif and Minhaj Maqsood (all from PAF Golf Club).
Intensity of the competition can be appraised from the fact that five competitors are placed at a score of gross 73, merely two strokes behind the leader. Placed at gross 73 are Syed Bilal Hussain Shah, Ali Asghar, Nasir Masih, Muhammed Siddique and Sandeel Dawood. A few more, who played steady golf and look potentially classy, are nine fluent ones who are bracketed together at a score of gross 74. These competitors are M Shahzad, Aasher Masih, M Imran, Ejaz Khan, M Arif, Abdul Zahoor, M Qasim, M Rizwan and Asif Ali.
The cut will be placed at the end of the second round today (Wednesday) and only the top 120 position holders will play the final two rounds on Thursday and Friday (June 9 and 10) at the Royal Palm Golf Course.
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