ISLAMABAD - The 35th CAS Open Golf Championship 2016 started with leading golfers in action at Airmen Golf Course and Recreational Park, PAF Base Korangi Creek, Karachi on Thursday.

The championship will be played for four days and 18 holes will be played each day. Air vice Marshal Salman Ahsan Bukhari, Air Officer Commanding, Southern Air Command, who is also patron-in-chief Airmen Golf Course, inaugurated the championship.

Around 300 golfers, including 109 professionals are participating in the championship from across the country for Rs 4 million prize purse. The players will also be vying for four brand new cars, (1 Toyota Corolla and 1 Suzuki Swift) by scoring hole-in one. The subsidiary matches in the category of senior professionals, amateurs, airmen golf course members, ladies, veterans and invitees will also be played during the four-day championship. Ace golfer Shabbir Iqbal is defending his crown in this prestigious event.

Ansar Mehmood made history on the first day of the championship by playing 7 under par on one of the toughest golf courses of the country. He played superb golf in strong windy conditions and had a lead of 3 strokes on M Ashfaq who is playing at 4 under par. Defending champion Shabbir Iqbal finished the first day on third position with three 2 under par along with M Amir and Zulfiqar Ali.