13th CNS Amateur Golf Tees Off Today

The four-day 13th CNS Amateur Golf Championship 2019 will tee off today (Thursday) here at the Margalla Greens Golf Club.

Addressing a press conference, along with title sponsors here on Wednesday, Pakistan Navy Golf North President and Commander North Commodore Hamid Hussain said: “It will be the 13th edition of the mega championship, which is affiliated with the Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF). Total 140 national amateur golfers have sent their entries so far, while 30 ladies and a number of senior and junior players will also be seen in action. We are fortunate to have such a lush green golf club here for the golfers. The Dubai Trade Agency (DTA) is the title sponsor of the event, while Toyota is once again sponsoring a brand new corolla for the hole-in-one winner.”

He said: “The championship consists of four categories, which include amateurs over 54 holes from Nov 22 to 24 (amateurs with handicap of 12 and below will take part), seniors event over 36 holes (seniors over 55 years with handicap of 14 and below will take part), juniors category over 18 holes (juniors under the age of 16 with handicap of 24 and below will take part) and ladies category over 36 holes on Nov 23 (34 golfers with handicap of 30 and below will take part).

“In addition to the main categories, an invitational event will be played among the guests and sponsors over the 9 holes before the closing ceremony on Nov 24.

The concluding ceremony will be graced by Admiral Mohammad Asif Sandila as a chief guest. Navy has always promoted sports especially golf by organising events at major cities like Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad. We also hold professional categories in Karachi and Lahore. Weather is mainly clear for the next few days, while there is a slight chance of rain on Friday. But as you all know, golf can be played in rain as well,” he added.

When asked why the professional category is not included in the CNS Golf at Islamabad, despite the fact that it is a huge attraction for the top professional golfers from across the world, Hamid replied: “Well, the PGF allocates the events and issues golfing calendar. The amateur events are not easy ones, as top male and female golfers along with junior talent participate in the championships.

“We always distribute lucrative prizes to the golfers. Last year champion Adnan will defend his title among more than 200 golfers in the amateur category. The DTA has entered in a partnership with us for the first time, but we are hopeful that this will turn into a long-term partnership,” he said and added: “We will continue to sponsor other sports as well. The PGF is providing technical assistance to us, while Pakistan Navy is doing all other efforts and arrangements for the event.”

DTA’s Col Sohail said: “We have entered first time in Pakistan, as we deal in trade-in blue economy. We will definitely extend cooperation to other sports as well.”


Kim of Korea and Nari of Japan pace setters in Pakistan Open Golf Championship

After the completion of the first round in this four rounds Pakistan Open Golf Championship 2019 being held under the umbrella of Pakistan Golf Federation along with Asian Development Tour,  in progress in Lahore ,and participated by 113 aspirants for the national golf title including   81 leading Pakistani Golf Professionals ,21 foreign players from 10 countries ,five amateurs and six invitees,it was Johyung Kim of Korea and Nari Gamma of Japan  who  played an amazing  and inspiring  first round  of gross 66,six under par,to set the pace in this title bearing event . 



Lahore, Pakistan, October 16:Joohyung Kim of Korea is determined to extend his lead on the Asian Development Tour (ADT) Order of Merit with another commanding performance at the Raya Pakistan Open which starts on Thursday.

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The in-form 17-year-old had just dethrone Japan’s Naoki Sekito as the Merit leader thanks to a solid tied-fifth finish at the Combiphar Players Championship in Indonesia a fortnight ago. With his eyes now set on becoming the youngest-ever ADT Order of Merit champion, Kim is targeting another grandstand finish at the US$80,000 tournament, which is the fourth last event on the region’s secondary circuit. Kim stressed the importance of taking advantage of the absence of his closest rivals especially Sekito and Thailand’s Itthipat Buranatanyarat, ranked second and third on the money list respectively. “It’s a pretty important week here because we don’t have lot of events left and a lot of the rivals are not here.

“A good week here can give me a bit of breathing space, but the plan is just to try the best I can and hope for the best,” said Kim, who boast two victories in his last six ADT starts. Besides the Merit charge, Kim will certainly tee off at the Defence Raya Golf Club with an added motivation knowing that he is just one title shy of an immediate Asian Tour promotion. “I’m just trying to play the best that I can and I would say that goes for every week. But without a doubt if I play my A game I know I have chance to be up there,” said the winner of the PGM ADT Tiara Melaka and Ciputra Golfpreneur Tournament. 

Kim has heaped praise on the organisers for reviving the Pakistan Open after a lapse of 10 years, adding that it augurs well for the golf development in the country. The Pakistan Open, which was inaugurated in 1967, had previously featured twice on the Asian Tour schedule in 2006 and 2007. “It is my first time in Pakistan and it’s a good experience for me to come to a country I’ve never been to and play.

“I have no doubt that the event is going to generate a positive impact. This is no ordinary tournament, it is a national Open, which the people of Pakistan can be proud of! “I’m hoping that all of us who are competing this week can play a big role in helping to grow the sport in this country. I’m absolutely honoured to be playing here this week,” said the Korean.

Even without Sekito and Itthipat in 125-man field this week, Kim can still expect a strong challenge coming from the likes of Sweden’s’ Oscar Zetterwall, Thailand’s Pannakorn Uthaipas and American Sam Gillis, who are all ADT winners, and local stars Hamza Amin and Muhammed Munir. The Pakistan Open is the only second ADT event to be held in the country following the staging Defence Raya Golf Championship in 2017.

About Asian Development Tour

The Asian Development Tour was launched in 2010 with the aim of creating a career pathway for professional golfers in Asia. Sanctioned by the Asian Tour, the Asian Development Tour will ultimately create a new playing platform for emerging stars from across Asia and around the world. Through the Asian Tour Qualifying School, players will qualify for the Asian Development Tour and enjoy the opportunity to hone their games and talent through a secondary circuit in Asia. Designed in the same structure as the Tour in America and European Challenge Tour, the Asian Development Tour is a stepping stone to the Asian Tour and the exciting world of international golf. The Asian Development Tour has been structured to ensure the best opportunities for its members. The leading seven players on the Asian Development Tour will earn coveted Asian Tour cards for the following season, ensuring a proper career pathway for aspiring professionals. All ADT events receive Official World Golf Ranking points. The winner of each ADT event will receive at least six OWGR points while the top six players and ties will also earn points based on a sliding scale.


Shane Lowry Wins British Open 2019

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Ireland’s Shane Lowry has won his first major golfing title at the British Open. He became the 148th Open Champion after a six shot success at Royal Portrush Golf Club in Northern Ireland with a score of 269. Royal Portrush last hosted the British Open in 1951, the only time it had been outside Scotland and England.

Lowry, the 32-year-old Irishman with stout nerves and a soft touch around the greens, endured the worst weather of the week and the Sunday pressure of a sellout crowd cheering him along to win the British Open by six shots at Royal Portrush.

The silver claret jug is staying on the Emerald Isle.

In emotional scenes during the 148th championship, a sellout crowd cheered Lowry on after every shot.

He had a four-stroke lead heading into Sunday’s final round. He increased it to win the British Open by six strokes, finishing at 15 under par and transforming the typically fraught closing holes into a merry march through the drizzle as his compatriots — Irish and Northern Irish alike — accompanied him with song, roars and good cheer.

And no one got closer than three shots all day of Lowry, who finished at 15-under. Three years ago he was presented with the same scenario at the US Open and his nerve failed him. Today, willed on by the sodden spectators, he was well and truly up to it.

Tommy Fleetwood had to settle for his second runner-up finish in a major. He missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the opening hole that would have cut the deficit to two, and he missed a 5-footer for par on the third hole. His hopes ended with a double bogey from the bunker and the rough, and he closed with a 74.

Tony Finau shot 71 to finish alone in third, though he was never closer than seven shots. Brooks Koepka, going for his fourth major in the last seven, began the final round seven shots behind and opened with four straight bogeys. He shot 74 and tied for fourth.

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About Open championship:

The Open Championship or the British Open, is an annual golf tournament conducted by The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews. It is one of the four major championships in professional golf, and is the oldest of the four.

It was first played in 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club in Scotland. The Open is hosted in the United Kingdom and is the only major played outside the United States.
The first Open Championship was played on 17 October 1860 at Prestwick Golf Club in Ayrshire, Scotland, over three rounds of the twelve-hole links course

Here’s everything else you need to know about Shane Lowry:
Age: 32
Hometown: Clara, County Offaly
Turned professional: 2009

Tour victories: FIVE – 2009 Irish Open (as an amateur), 2012 Portugal Masters, 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, 2019 Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship, 2019 Open Championship

Shane Lowry is an Irish professional golfer who plays on the European Tour and the PGA Tour. His notable achievements include winning the 2019 Open Championship, the Irish Open as an amateur in 2009, and the 2015 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

Here’s what the winners get to take home.

First place: $1.935 million
Second place: $1.12 million
Third place: $718,000
Fourth place: $558,000
Fifth place: $449,000
Sixth place: $389,000
Seventh place: $334,000
Eighth place: $282,000

The top 70 players, including ties, who made the cut on Friday, bring home five-figure paychecks for their four rounds of play. Here’s a look at how much those in 65th-through-70th place will earn:

65th place: $25,700
66th place: $25,600
67th place: $25,400
68th place: $25,200
69th place: $25,000
70th place: $24,750