LAHORE - The four-day trials to select a three-member boys team for participation in the Nick Faldo Golf Championship in Vietnam began here on Thursday at Defence Raya Golf Course under the supervision of Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF).

Simultaneously, the trials also began for selection of two lady players to represent the country in the Nick Faldo Golf Championship to be held in Vietnam. For boys, there are three age categories; under-21, under-18 and under-16. For girls the age categories are two, under-21 and under-16.

At the end of the first day, the two players, who stood out overall irrespective of the age category, are Damil Ataullah of Garrison Golf Club (U-16) and Rimsha Ijaz of Defence Raya. As for Damil, he carded a gross score of gross 71, one under par and the optimistic element is that Rimsha Ijaz also came up with the same score, a gross 71. Their drives were impressive and there were hardly any lapses in the fairways shot making.

But PGF’s Salman pointed out: “The young ones seemed to be a little less confident on the fast greens and three putts did come their way causing not too welcome dents in their scores. Hopefully, they will be more in command over the next three rounds.”

In the age category U-21, M Saqib of Garrison Golf Club was on top with a score of gross 78 while Rafay Raja of Rawalpindi was placed one stroke behind him at gross 79. Hamza Sheikh (Karachi) and M Arsalan (Gymkhana) were at gross 82. In U-18 age category, Junaid Irfan (Karachi) and Rao Haris of Rawalpindi were at the score of 82.

The other girls behind Rimsha were Parkha Ijaz (Defence Raya) 78, Humna Amjad (PAF Skyview) 79, Suneya Osama (Garrison) 80, Aania Farooq (DHA, Karachi), 81 and Arooba Ali (Rawalpindi) 83. The second round will tee off today (Friday) at 8:30am.