LAHORE - The three-round 10th Royal Palm Team Trophy and Challenge Shield Golf Championship 2016 will stroll into action here at the Royal Palm golf course today (Friday).

Addressing the press conference on Thursday, Royal Palm Golf Club General Manager Omer Mir, flanked by Director Golf Col (r) Jameel Khalid and Director Media Khawaja Pervaiz Saeed, said: “Despite all the hiccups that Royal Palm underwent in the past three months, once again Royal Palm is all geared up to hold this championship for the 10th time in a befitting manner, to be followed by other major golf championships like the Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Golf Championship.”

Omer said that all planning and scheduling had been done so that excellence was visible through the championship. “Despite certain constraints, we have made sure that the Royal Palm Golf Course is in awesome condition and the fairways and the greens facilitate the players and enable them to enjoy their game of golf and also meet the challenges of the golf course adeptly and with dexterity.”

Col (R) Jameel said that in a championship of this level, the venue and the playing arena had an extremely important role to play. “Since Royal Palm Golf and Country Club is the venue and Royal Palm Golf Course is the competition arena, the participating competitors are going to like every facet of the facilities and the challenge of the golf course.”

He also explained the tournament history saying that it had been an annual event formally known as the Dunlop trophy on the golf calendar but was abandoned in 2000. “Royal Palm Golf & Country Club reintroduced the event in 2006 based on its unique format where club teams get an opportunity to compete against each other in an effort to bring honors to their parent Club.”

Khawaja Pervaiz said in the national golf calendar, this was the only championship contested on team basis which made it a very special occasion for those representing their club teams. “It brings them honor and recognition and they in turn strive to keep their clubs name in the forefront during the days of the championship.”

He said the events at stake in the championship were Royal Palm team trophy , net challenge shield, gross cup and ladies cup. “Two teams have been fielded by the major clubs like; Lahore Gymkhana, Lahore Garrison Golf & Country Club, Rawalpindi Golf Club, Islamabad Golf Club, PAF Peshawar Golf Club and Royal Palm Golf & Country Club. The Lahore Gymkhana team won the team title last year and will again be contesting. In all around 140 golfers will be contesting for their personal and clubs glory.”