The 6th Chief of the Naval Staff Amateur Golf Cup 2017 Thursday started here at Margalla Greens Golf Club.
Speaking at a press conference on the occasion, Captain Jawad Ahmed Qureshi said the event would continue till April 16.
He said Chief of the Naval Staff Amateur Golf Cup was introduced in 2007.
“Pakistan Navy has always actively pursued the cause of nurturing various sports at national level. Similarly, Pakistan Navy also encourages players to take part in sports events and raise the spirit of the game,” he said.
He said players from all over Pakistan would be participating in this annual championship, which was affiliated with Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF).
“This would be the 11th Championship in the sequence to be played and 6th in the Margalla Greens Golf Club.”
Qureshi said that last year more than 300 golfers participated in the tournament and this time even greater participation from all around the country is expected.
“For a healthy competition, it has been decided to give the participation rights to all those golfers who are participating in the main match and having the handicap up to 12 strokes.”
He said the main match would be played amongst amateurs over 54 holes during the three days 18 holes each day from April 14 to 16. Amateurs with handicap 12 and below will participate in the match.
“Seniors match would be played over 36 holes on April 14 and 15. Seniors over 55 years and with handicap 18 will be eligible to take part in the match.”
“Juniors’ match will be played over 18 holes on April 15. Juniors under the age of 16 with handicap 24 and below are eligible.”
“Ladies match will be played over 18 holes on April 16. Lady Golfers with handicap 30 and below are eligible to participate in the match,” he said.
He said attractive prizes would be awarded to the participants of all categories. However, the main trophy will be given to best amateur in net category.
Qureshi extended his deepest gratitude to all sponsors, including Toyota Motors, Turkish Airline, Allied Bank and Pizza hut for sharing the honour of holding one of the finest golf event at national level.
While thanking media, he said media has been covering this event, being organized by Pakistan Navy, with special focus in past years and we expect the same zeal this time as well with the aim of promoting Golf as a sport in the country.—APP