ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's proud golfer Hamza Amin, son of legend Taimoor Hassan, becomes the only Pakistani to qualify for the golf's highly prestigious Asia-Oceania Circle which makes him eligible to participate in Australian Open Golf Championship to be held in November this year.

Speaking at the press briefing, Hamza, 27, said: “I played in the qualifiers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in February this year, in which 150 golfers were participating and only 10 spots were on offer for the Asia-Oceania Circle. I managed to grab eighth position, thus by the grace of God and prayers of my parents and people of my country, I was able to achieve this unique feat, which no one in the history of Pakistan had achieved. Now I have earned the right of playing in 10 major tournaments including Australian Open, Korean Open, Japan Open and other major events. I had planned to play in at least seven major tournaments. I would be leaving for Korea to play in the Korean Open starting from May 14 to 17.”

He said he had been playing golf for the last 17 years. “My dad Taimoor Hassan coached me for 12 to 14 years then I joined US coach Pat Mcguire, as it was an urgent need to hire a professional coach to fulfill my ambitions. I had always dreamt since watching my dad in early days to represent my country in international events and win laurels for it and a feat which unfortunately no one could manage to achieve. I earned seventh slot in the Asian qualifying round in which world’s top 758 golfers were in action. I turned professional in 2012 and since then playing golf. I had represented the country in two world cups and one Asian Championship. I had played in a number of international events. Unfortunately, I got injured last year and went to US for healing process. I had to made changes in my swing and playing style. My father bore all my expenditures of abroad tours and also Indus Group lent a helping hand, while Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF) also helped me as much as they could.”

“As all know playing in Australia, Japan, Korea and other parts is not an easy task, a lot of dollars are required, so I request government and multinationals like Warid, Zong, Telenor and others to lend a helping hand and sponsor me for winning laurels for the country. I will not let them down and soon start giving better results,” he added.

When asked about how many tournaments were required to jump in international rankings, Hamza replied: “One week is enough to take giant strides in international rankings. If I play well in next two or three events, I will certainly break into top golfers list. I have decided to appear in seven tournaments this year, which will boost my international rankings. My message is to all is to play golf which is very beautiful game and rapidly gaining popularity in Pakistan.”

“In the past, hardly 8 to 10 events were conducted but only this year, it is expected 26 events will be held, with minimum prize money of Rs 1 million and maximum of Rs 6 million which is quite encouraging for golfers of the country. For the last four years, I traveled to Phoenix in winters for training and in Winter to Virginia, he likes Royal Palm Golf Club Lahore and termed it difficult but the best one in the entire country. I hope government or any private sponsor will come forward and lend a helping hand very soon and I will be able to fulfill my childhood dream,” Hamza concluded.