ISLAMABAD - Pakistan is blessed with natural sporting stars, but the only need of the hour is to groom that talent by providing international-standard facilities. Dania Eyaz, 16, is one such bright talents, who, despite so young, has produced eye-catching performances in female golf.

Talking to The Nation, Dania said: “I started playing golf in 2011 after watching my father Col (R) Eyaz and especially my elder brother Eesa Eyaz, who won the Punjab Open Golf Championship U-17 category in 2010. Both my father and brother guided and motivated me well and remained instrumental to whatever I have managed to achieve so far in my short career.”

“I am not only paying keen attention towards golf, but also continuing my studies as well. I am a student of Lahore Grammar School Grade 11 GS, DHA Lahore. My talent was also duly recognised by Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF) and Punjab Golf Association (PGA). Taimur Hassan, who is also PGF official, declared me most gifted female player with the longest drive in the country, which is indeed a great honor for me. But it has also put extra responsibility on my shoulders to further concentrate on my game,” she asserted.

Dania has won 31st Punjab Amateur female gross title, Garrison Open Gross title, 32nd Punjab Open Net girls title, 29th Governor's Cup Gross girls title, Lahore Gymkhana Open title, 21st Corps Commander Cup title in 2012, won junior tour title, 22nd Corps Commander Cup Gross title, PGF Golf Tour title, 2nd Quaid-e-Azam Open Gross title, All-Pakistan Garrison Open title, 2nd All-Pakistan Mangla Open Gross title and 15th Sindh Open Net ladies title in Karachi in 2013.

She said: “After two brilliant years on tour and winning major titles, 2014 and 2015 started very badly for me as I missed major part of 2014 and 2015 due to fracture in my heel. I was very disappointed and just took part in one major event in 2014 in Faldo Series 2014 and finished runner-up in gross U-21, while in 2015, I once again participated in Faldo Series 2015 and again finished runner-up in gross category, while I also played in 34th Punjab Amateur Championship 2015 and remained runner-up.”

To a query, Dania said: “We are facing acute shortage of training under top coaches. The PSB and government should help the PGF in hiring an international reputed coach, who may train the players professionally and may help the country producing champions. International exposure is also another main thing which can help the golfers gain experience and improve their skills, so Pakistani golfers especially females must be sent abroad for training and playing abroad.”