LAHORE - The 33rd Punjab Amateur Golf Championship will be contested over three days here at the Royal Palm golf course from today (Friday).

Speaking at the press briefing, Royal Palm general manager Omer Mir, flanked by director golf Col (r) Jameel Khalid, director media Khawaja Pervaiz Saeed and Syed M Salman of Coca Cola, said: “This event is an annual feature of the national golf calendar and will be the 33rd Punjab Amateur Golf Championship in succession. Naturally, Royal Palm as the host of this grand event considers it an honor to be holding this title carrying golf championship.

Col Jameel highlighted that a total of 140 golfers were appearing in the competition and the arena had been prepared well to suit the occasion.

Some of the notable players, particularly from other cities, have already gone through practice rounds and are full of praise for the challenges of the course and the playing conditions.

Col Jameel said amateurs with a handicap of nine and below were eligible to participate. The contest would span over three days and each day, 18 holes would be played adding up to a total of 54 holes. The champion will be one with the best gross scorer.

Kh Pervaiz informed that there was also an event for the senior amateurs over 55 years of age. In the event for seniors, golfers with a handicap of 14 and below are eligible to compete.  As for ladies, an eligibility criterion is that they must have a handicap of 24 and below. The ladies contest will be over 36 holes, that is two rounds and will take place on November 7 and 8.

The outstanding competitors are Maryama Khan, Dr Asma Shami, Samia Javed Ali, Zebun Nisa and Ana James.

Khawaja highlighted the prominent champions vying for honors were Ghazanfar Mehmood (Rawalpindi), Zulfiqar Ali (Multan), Waseem Rana, Zohaib Asif (Karachi), Taimur Khan (Peshawar),Imran Ahmed, Sardar Murad, Salman Jehangir (Gymkhana), Mohsen Zafar, Omer Salamat, Wazir Ali (Royal Palm) and Fakhar Imam (Defence Raya).