LAHORE - The fifth Acquafina Royal Palm Golf Team Championship will commence at the exquisite and testing par-72 Royal Palm Golf Course on Friday (today). The team event and individual gross competitions will be contested over three rounds with final round on Sunday, said Lt Gen (Retd) M Tariq, Captain Golf, here on Thursday. The press briefing was also attended and addressed by Omer Mir (GM), Kh Pervaiz Saeed (Dir Media), M Nadeem Irshad (NS Manager, Pepsi and Aquafina), Col Jameel (Dir Golf). Lt Gen (retd) M Tariq said that besides golf, Royal Palm continues to provide excellent sporting facilities like tennis, squash, swimming, gymnasium, football, cricket and jogging and also facilitate the members and the corporate world and stands committed to sporting excellence. Col (retd) Jameel, Director Golf, said that golf clubs from around Pakistan are eligible to send two teams, consisting four players each. Two teams have been fielded by the major Clubs like Lahore Gym, Garrison Golf & Country Club, Rawalpindi Golf Club, Islamabad Golf Club, PAF Peshawar Golf Club, Gujranwala Golf & Country Club, Karachi Golf Club and of course the host Royal Palm Golf & Country Club. The other golf clubs like Multan and Peshawar have sent a team each. Islamabad Club will defend its title. Their team is represented by Taimur, along with Captain (PN) Ansar, Tariq and Talah. They will face tough Challenge from Lahore Gym, Gujranwala, Karachi and the host team Royal Palm. Pervaiz, media director said that in the contest for top positions in the two rounds, 36-hole Challenge Shield based on net scores, youngsters like Mahad Zafar, Wazir Ali and Sameer will be under scrutiny and watch, as performance wise, much is expected from them. Ladies section contenders reflect an interesting mix of experience and teenagers and besides Tahira, Sameea and Ghazala, the little one Maryama is expected to produce fireworks. This event is endorsed by Acquafina who are already big supporters of sports in the country, said M Nadeem Irshad, National Sales Manager of Pepsi.