LAHORE - The Quaid-e-Azam Amateur Golf Championship will stroll into action today (Friday) here at the historic Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course.

“This is a championship for the amateurs, senior golfers, veteran golfers and ladies. It is an event named after the father of the nation and the organisers at Lahore Gymkhana supported by sponsors like Brighto Paints, Pak Arab Developers and Jubilee Insurance are determined to make it a grand event,” said Gymkhana convener golf Shaukat Javed while addressing the press conference here on Thursday. Also present on the occasion were Brighto Paints director Atif Riaz Sikka, Fareed Mukhtar of Jubilee Insurance, Maj Ghulam Murtaza of Pak Arab Developers, Rao Omar Hashim, captain golf Amer Mehmood and director media Khawaja Pervaiz Saeed.

Shaukat said a huge number of participants from Lahore are competing against golfers from other golf centers of the country. “As many as 187 amateurs have been participating in the event, while the number of senior amateur participants is 72, veterans 60 and ladies 23.”

Lauding the role and support of sponsors, Shaukat said Brighto Paints have become the sponsors for the first time and hoped that this relationship will mature and become permanent. Pak Arab Developers are also a new addition in the capacity of sponsors. “Fareed Mukhtar, regional manager of third sponsor Jubilee Insurance, announced that they have also offered a Toyota Car for a hole in one. This will substantially enhance the incentive for participating golfers.”

Atif Riaz Sikka of Brighto Paints offered 10 golf scholarships to talented golfers from humble backgrounds, as in golf somehow the leading players of the country come from lower middle class backgrounds. Major Ghulam Murtaza of Pak Arab Developers offered incentives for those showing interest in their development schemes.

As regards the competitive activities, Khawaja Pervaiz said the senior amateurs and ladies will fight it out on Friday, over 18 holes. The amateurs will compete over two days on Saturday and Sunday. The main trophy is on net while Hussain Hamid of Royal Palm is the defending champion.