KARACHI: Mansoor Teli from Karachi took a three-shot lead on the opening day of the 60th National Amateur Golf Championship and in the process puts Sindh A on track to win a rare Inter-Association Trophy here at Karachi Golf Club on Thursday.
Mansoor, a very experienced KGC golfer, took full advantage of the familiar conditions to finish with an impressive 73 rounds in extremely windy conditions. Together with Saim Shazli (76) and Omar Khalid (77), Mansoor gave Sindh A a six-shot lead in the two-day Inter-Association Golf Championship that coincided with the National Amateurs.
In second place together are the Saim and Punjab trio Ralfay Raja and Ahmed Kayani at 76.They are followed by Omar Khalid, Abdullah Arif, Qasim Ali Khan and Saeed Khattak at 77.
With strong winds blowing all day, conditions were quite challenging for the participating golfers on the opening day of this prestigious championship. Apart from strong winds, the green fields on the Red and Blue fields were also a big challenge for the participants.
Meanwhile, Sindh A has catapulted herself into a strong position to claim the Inter-Association Trophy. Together, the trio Mansoor, Saim and Omar have 226 points. They have a six-shot advantage against second-placed Punjab B (232). Punjab B includes Ahmed Sultan, Ralfay Raja and Damil Ataullah. In third place was Sindh B followed by Punjab A, Federal and KP teams.
The second round of the 72 holes amateur event will continue on Friday (today). The senior and women’s events will start on Friday.
The following are the amateur leader boards after the first half:
73: Mansoor Teli
76: Saim Shazli, Ralfay Raja, Ahmed Kayani
77: Omar Khalid, Abdullah Arif, Qasim Ali Khan, Saeed Khattak.
78: Omer Shikoh, Yashal Shah, Junaid Irfan, Umer Khokhar, Nadir Khan, Brig Omer Ijaz, Salman Jahangir
79: MA Mannan, Akbar Qayyum, Muslim Abbas, Noman Asghar, Hamza Shikoh.
80: Abdullah Adil, Abdul Moez, Damil Ataullah, Danyal Khan, Zia Hai, Salman Khan.
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