LAHORE - In the Garrison Open Golf Tournament held at the Garrison Golf Course from 1st to 3rd May over 54 holes, with the corporate support of Warid, Wateen and Bank Alfalah, one witnessed a feast of stroke making from M.Shabbir who is the best professional golfer of Pakistan. Shabbir was again successful into translating his potential and ability into a repeat of earlier triumphs; there were no errant tee shots and hardly any missed putts and on all three days of the tournament M.Shabbir kept an intimidating presence on his opponents. Through sponsorship, the management of Garrison Golf and Country Club headed by Lt.Gen.Ijaz Ahmed Bakshi, along with Maj.Gen.Shafaat Ahmed and Brig.Naveed Safdar had offered lucrative cash awards of Rs. 1 million to the top 30 performers, and though Shabbir was in command and control throughout with rounds of 69, 65 and 67 and on the last day he had birdies on 1, 2, 7, 9, 14, 16; except the 15th hole where he had a bogie, the other holes were par. The other competitors used their wealth of experience to negotiate the manifold perils of Garrsion Golf Course. Yes, they did not win the top prize but played composed golf, hitting fairways and greens and making putts. M.Munir, the runner up in this championship had rounds of 69, 68 and 71 and a total aggregate of 208, eight under par. Another new named that sparkled was that of M.Nazir who emerged with a fantastic first round of 65 and thereafter rounds of 73 and 73 and a total of 211, four under par. Others to attain various places were M.Siddique 214, Shahid Javed Khan 215, Khalid Khan 215, Matloob Ahmed 216 and Muhammad Akram 216. And now the whisper around Punjab is that all three top positions have been attained by professionals from Islamabad and how come the professionals attached to Gymkhana, Royal Palm, Karachi Golf Club and Peshawar are always lagging behind. This requires analysis and deliberations on the part of management of these clubs. Shabbir was all praise for the golf course and said "The course is fantastic and it brings the best out of you", and life certainly isn't easy during the outings. He also stated that prize money at Open Championships should be in the range of Rs. 2 million plus and hoped that the prize money at the Pakistan Open being held in Rawalpindi this week will be in the range of Rs. 3 million. The senior professionals have quite a few past champions in their ranked and in the 18 holes event held for them, the winner was Shaukat Ali of Islamabad, with Ghani Khan second and Ghulam Nabi of Gymkhana third. They all had under par scores. In the amateur category the winner gross is Waseem Rana, with Aadil Jehangir as runner-up and Danyaal Jehangir as third. The winner in the seniors event was Javed Khan of Lahore Gymkhana. The ladies gross was won by Shahzadi Gulfam of Punjab Police and the ladies net was won by Nushmiya Sukhera of Lahore Gymkhana. The prize distribution was a grand event and the prizes were awarded to the winners by Lt.Gen.Ijaz Ahmed Bakshi, Patron in Chief of the club and the prizes to the ladies were awarded by Mrs. Ijaz Ahmed Bakshi.s