LAHORE – Muhammad Abid and Syeda Iman Ali Shah emerged as victorious in the Royal Palm Monthly Medal Golf Tournament for the June segment 2021 that concluded here at the par-72 Royal Palm Golf Course on Sunday.
At stake were events for champion amateurs in handicap category 1-16, amateurs in handicap category 17-18, senior amateurs above 55 years and the newly-introduced category for juniors under 16 years of age. Also part of the event were competing ladies who contested the tournament with sturdiness in rather hot weather. As for the race for honors in this Royal Palm Golf Tournament, the merited golfer turned out to be the trim and in form M Abid.
During the course of the 18 holes head-to-head rivalry, he displayed immense accuracy in his hitting off the tees on all par fours and par fives and backed up the accuracy loaded drives with good hitting effort from the facilitating fairways where the lie of the ball was first rate. He did encounter set backs on the 10th hole and the 12th which resulted in double bogies and these were tortuous as they were caused by poor putting on the greens.
The steady play over the other 16 holes helped him to outshine his rivals and he ended the race as the best player. His score of gross 80 enabled him to pick up the winning trophy and thereby be categorized as the June 2021 Monthly Medal gross champion in the handicap category 0-16. Another one who made his mark in the gross category was Abbad Chaudry who could not win but had to be content with the runners up trophy. In this handicap category, the top performer in net section was Hassan Naseem and runner up net prize was secured by Moazzam Ali Shah.
The golfer, who performed superbly in the senior section, was Dr Mohsin with a net score of 68 while Syeda Iman Ali Shah was the formidable one in ladies section. For this teen ager victory became possible because of a sturdy effort. For boys this was a first outing over 18 holes and most of these boys had prepared remarkably well for this occasion. The two who ended up winning prizes are Rayyan Faraz and Shahnawaz Haider. Rayyan came first and Shahnawaz was second. Certainly a buoyant day for their golfing careers.
In handicap category 17-18, gross winner was Khawaja Yousaf, gross runner-up was Agha M Ali, net winner Kashif Gillani, net runner-up Hamza Wazir, in seniors, gross winner was Jehanzeb Khan. In ladies, gross winner was Syeda Iman Ali Shah, net winner was Minaa Zainab while the nearest to the pin was won by Khawaja Yousaf and the longest drive by Kashif Gillani. At the conclusion of the event, Captain of the Club Shahid Abbas gave away prizes to the winners in the presence of Waqar Butt, Imran Haider, Minaa Zainab, participating golfers and families.