Taimur clinches KP Amateur Golf Championship
PESHAWAR— Regaining National Champion Taimur Naseer clinched the coveted trophy of the prestigious and oldest 49th Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Amateur Golf Championship after securing four under par 212 over 54- holes here at PAF Golf Course on Sunday.
Spotted, groomed, polished and supported by international golfer Major Arshad Mehmood, former adviser to the than Chief of the Army Staff General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani on golf, the than President Pakistan Golf Federation, under a talent Hunt scheme, Taimur Naseer never looked behind and bagged almost all titles.
The talented Taimur recently won National Championship title, followed by Chief of Army Staff Cup and now the prestigious 49th KP Amateur Golf Championship and also win back laurel for the country by winning international events at India, Sri Lankan, Bangkok, Dubai, and Malaysia.
“I’m going to represent Pakistan in the Malaysian Open Amateur International Golf Championship on May 15, 2016 and winning the event is actually a good preparation well before the international event,” Taimur told APP in a post- match talk.
He also thanked Mr. Hammad Sethi, Director City University for extending all financial support to him for running his games expenses. Son of a professional golfer Naseer Khan, Taimur is very much eager to win back more laurels for the country abroad.
“We have great expectations from this young golfer and when I first spotted him when he was just a caddie I decided to extend all out support so that one day he becomes a star in golf from this part of the world,” Major Arshad Mehmood said when asked about Taimur winning the Championship.
Taimur Naseer carded 212, four under par over 54 holes with 70, 68 and 74 on the first, second and third day round with 35, at front nine and 38 at back nine scoring three birdies and four bogys. Taimur landed on each of the regulations and went for putting birdies but his putting was not up to the mark.
Muhammad Rehman carded 214, two under par, with 71, 67 and 67 rounds on the three- day. He also carded 38 at front and back nine with one birdies and three bogys. Muhammad Zohaib carded 220, four over par with 37, one over par, at from nine with one birdies and three bogys.
In the Net category Ahamd Baig got first position with his Net score 206, Idrees Nisar Tinko got second position with his Net score 212 and Ashiq Hussain andwith 218 remained at third.
In the Amateur HCP 11- 18 AVM Asim Zaheer won first position with his gross score 156, followed by Major Raza ( 167) and Nisar Ud Din ( 168) while in the Net Mian Haseeb Uddin, Maj Maaz and Waqas Ullah Shinwari got first, second and third position respectively.
In the Veteran Amateur above 70 Dr. Wilayat Saeed got first, Col. Syed Mushtaq and Sqn Ldr Iltaf remained at third, in Senior Amateur Under- 55 Net Brigh Iqbal won first, followed by Jamal Ul Hasnain and Syed Zahir Shah, in gross Abdul Haq won first position, Col. Syed Shahadat Hussain and Sqn/ Ldr Idrees Khalid.
In Boys Under- 14 Abdullah Sultan, Adnan Bukhari and Zoyan got first, second and third position respectively while Sana, Awais Baloch and Nayal got first second and third in Net, in Boys U- 17 Shahnan got first position, followed by Ahmad Arshad while in Net Faizal Ali, Hafeez and Muhammad got position in Net.
In Ladies Dr. Fareeda Naseer got historical and oldest Gai Cup in 1934, while Miss Atiya Anjum got second position.
At the end, the chief guest Governor Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Zafar Iqbal Jagra gave away trophies and cash prizes to the position holders.
Speaking on this occasion, he said with the grace of Almighty Allah normalcy has been restored to the province and the Pakistan Army and jawans of law enforcing agencies along with the people of Pakistan have given unmatched sacrifices. He said we are committee to root out the insurgency and militancy. He said such event should be held continuingly as it portrayed a soft image of the country in the rest of the world. The Governor said we are heading towards a complete normalcy and one could see people would go without any fear to the tribal areas like in the past.
He said we also want to have sports activities in the tribal areas so that to provide ample opportunities to the tribal youth to come up in the main stream of the talent. He also lauded President KP Golf Association, Lt. Gen Hidayat- ur- Rehman Commander 11 Corps for taking keen interest in holding such events. He also announced a sum of Rs. 0.5 million for the KP Golf Association.— APP