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Foreign teams set to compete in National Amateur Golf

By Our Correspondent
April 13, 2024
A person playing Golf. — AFP/File
A person playing Golf. — AFP/File

ISLAMABAD: Four international teams are set to compete side by side against top locals in the Smart City 63rd National Amateur Golf Championship that springs into action at the Margalla Greens from April 18.

The four-day event will see teams from Afghanistan (men and women), Sri Lanka (men and women), Kazakhstan (men) and Qatar (women) competing against the best golfers emerging from around the country for trophies and honours.

Besides the main trophy in the amateur category that will be contested over four days (72 holes) and ladies (three days), leading golfers will play for team honours and the inter-association trophies on stroke-play.

Under the patronage of the Pakistan Golf Federation, this premier championship showcases the nation’s finest golfing talent across three competitive categories: amateur men, senior amateurs, and amateur ladies.

The championship features various team matches, including the International Team Match for Men and Women, as well as Inter-Association Team Matches for Senior Amateurs and Amateur Men. JR Jawardene Trophy will be contested between Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

“We are excited to host the Smart City 63rd National Amateur Golf Championship, a celebration of talent, dedication, and the enduring spirit of golf,” remarked Lt Gen Qazi Ikram, HI (M), President of the Pakistan Golf Federation. “With players from diverse backgrounds converging in Islamabad, we anticipate an unforgettable showcase of the sport’s finest.”

Around 200 players from Pakistan and 35 from other Asian countries will vie for top honours in this prestigious championship. The tournament tees off with practice rounds on April 16th and 17th, leading to the main event: the 72-hole stroke play competition for amateur men from April 18 to 21.