LAHORE - As the 51st National Amateur Golf Championship entered the final phase at the Royal Palm Golf Course, there were two team events that concluded here on Saturday with Pakistani golfers defying Sri Lankan challenge to win the JR Jaywardene trophy.

In the JR Jaywardene competition the contest was over 18 holes and the event ended with good tidings for Pakistan. The Pakistani team comprising Ali Hai and Wasim Rana were certainly not awed by Thangaraja's amazing round a day earlier and played with a steady touch. Wasim Rana produced a very decent card of 73 and Ali Hai chipping in with a 76 to give Pakistan a winning aggregate of 149 to Sri Lanka’s 152, the winning margin being three strokes.

For Sri Lanka ,Thangaraja scored 73 but his team mate N Ranga produced a rather poor score of 79 to erode their chances in the contest.

In the Inter Association Team Match contested over three rounds by the four provincial teams ended as a thriller as the Sindh and Punjab teams ended up at level scores. Punjab team comprising M Rehman, Ghazanfar Mehmood, Sardar Murad and Khalid Mehmood had an aggregate score of 670,

as against a similar score compiled by Sindn team consisting of Sajid Khan, Asif Ahmed, Wasim Rana and Ali Hai and as

per rules of the championship, in such a situation the final winner is decided through a playoff between two nominated players and in this case the playoff took place between M Rehman and Wasim Rana and won by M Rehman and Sindh had to be content with the runners up slot.

Thangaraj of Sri Lanka was leading the individual national title contest in three rounds with the aggregate score of 215, followed by Wasim Rana (Pakistan) at 217, Dulal Hossain (Bangladesh) at 218, Ashiq Hussain at 219, Ali Hai at 222 and M Rehman at 223

The ladies contest also entered the final stage and Ghazala Yasmin, the defending national champion moved ahead of others with two rounds scores of 85+83 and an aggregate of 168.One stroke behind her is an upcoming young one Kashifa Zafar with scores of 86 and 83 and a total score of 169.