KARACHI - Shabbir Iqbal with a slender one stroke margin has succeeded in retaining the lead  on the second penultimate day of the three round Bank Al Habib Rashid D Habib open golf here at Karachi Golf Club on Wednesday.

He fired four under 68 for the second round to finish with a gross of 137 which is a stroke better than second placed Muhammad Munir with 138 who played the best round of six under 66. Shahid Javed Khan is placed third with 139 followed by Afsar Ali of KPT who also played six under 66 was placed fourth with 140. All the four have even chances of clinching Rs. 10 00,000 prize carrying championship which has attracted al, the top stars of the country.

The weather continued to be windy and chilly during the morning. However the sunshine raised the mercury as the day proceeded. Excellent course with good fairways and good greens increased the golfers’ enjoyment.

M Munir of Islamabad and Afsar Ali of Karachi Port Trust scored the best today with 66 each. However, Shabbir Iqbal of Pakistan Navy continued to stay at top with Gross of 137.

Pakistan’s former national golf champion Ghulam Nabi continued to lead with gross of 147 in the Rashid D. Habib Golf Tournament for seniors.

The third and final round for Professionals of Bank Al Habib’s Rashid D Habib Memorial Professional Golf Tournament will be held on Thursday with top 40 Golfers from previous rounds competing. Vice Admiral Abbas Raza HI (M), President KGC and ComKar, Pakistan Navy will witness the final moments and will distribute the prizes amongst the lucky winners.

Bank Al Habib has offered attractive prize money of Rs. 1,000,000 and many features. In addition to the prize money, the Bank will be paying the top 5 rated professionals in the Country Rs 50,000 each to encourage their participation.