LAHORE After two rounds of extremely competitive golf in the four-round Royal Palm National Amateur Golf Championship that is in progress at the Royal Palm Golf Course, two frontrunners have emerged as the favorites to do well. Ali Hai is on the top and his effort bears similarity to some of the big champions. Once again in the second round, he showed a cavalier approach to shot making when reeling off three birdies to bring his two rounds score to an aggregate of 139, five under par, thereby maintaining his position on top of the leader board. The other competitor, who is looking dominant, is the defending champion, Muhammad Safdar of Gujranwala. Again in the second round, Safdar played high standard golf and his score card says four birdies on holes 1, 7, 10 and 15, 12 pars and two blemishes on holes 6 and 12. Safdars aggregate score for the two rounds is 140, four under par as against Ali Hais 139 and the difference is of just one stroke. These two are the frontrunners but it was dismal and unfortunate to see the talented one Hamza Amin lag behind because of a disaster on the 10th hole. Teeing off from hole number 10 in the morning, he sent a massive drive off the fairway right into out of bounds area and as if this was not enough, the second shot that he played from the same position suffered the same fate and the resultant score of nine on a par-4 was damaging. In the remaining 17 holes, he made good progress by playing steady golf but had to be content with a round of 76, an aggregate of 146 for two days and a position at the third slot on the leader board. Hamza is now seven strokes behind the leader Ali Hai and six behind Safdar Khan and has a lot of work to do on the remaining two days. Of course, he has ample mental strength and golfing expertise to make a match of this competitive outing. Quite a few other aspirants, who are lagging behind because of their poor showing in the first round, improved their scores in the second round and they certainly looked fluent and played with control and command. Waseem Rana carded a 70, M Rehman 71, Zohair Asif 73, Salman Jehangir 74 and Tariq Mehmood 74. Out of the teenagers participating in this championship, many of them played with the assurance of their elders and unquestionably, one can feel optimistic about their future. Those who fall in this category are Sufian Dhaduk, Salman Jehangir, Idrees Nisar, Zohaib Asif and Saif Hassan. In the inter-association team match, the team looking authoritative is Sindh and comprises of Ali Hai, Waseem Rana, Sufiyan Daduk and M Sajjid Khan. The total aggregate score of Sindh for two rounds of 434 and they lead the federal team by a margin of 16 strokes which virtually makes them the favorites. The Punjab team again did not improve and lag behind at a score of 475. The remaining two days are expected to produce golf of quality and the competition is razor sharp with Ali Hai and M Safdar looking dominant.