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Shabbir, Naeem win titles in Independence Day Cup golf

Shabbir, Naeem win titles in Independence Day Cup golf

KARACHI: Noted golfer and defending champion Mohammad Shabbir proved that he was still a force to be reckoned with when he retained the title in the seventh Independence Day Cup Open golf championship at the Defence Authority Country and Golf Club on Sunday.

Shabbir, who surged to the top after second round in the 54-hole event, shot two under 70 to win by three shots over strong contender Mohammad Munir, who posted best card of the day, five under 67.

Shabbir’s three-day aggregate came to 207, nine under par, which envisaged 70, 67, 70.




Munir, who was tied in the fifth place with Waheed Baloch, six shots behind the overnight leader, jumped three places to finish runner-up.

Though Shabbir, who left an indelible mark by sweeping three titles of the Karachi-leg of the circuit last year, could not repeat the feat but managed to retain Sindh Open and Independence Day Open titles after finishing third in the CNS Open eight strokes behind champion Munir and three behind runner-up Shahid Javed Khan.

Meanwhile, overnight leader M. Naeem annexed the amateurs title by three strokes mustering a score of 220, four over par, pushing holder Zohaib Asif to second place with a score of 223.

Top finishers:

Pros:

207 — Mohammad Shabbir (Islamabad) 70, 67, 70

210 — Mohammad Munir (Islamabad) 70, 73, 67

212 — Hamza Amin (Islamabad) 68, 71, 73; Matloob Ahmed (LGGC) 71, 71, 70

215 — Amjad Yousuf (KGC) 71, 74, 70

216 — Waheed Baloch (KGC) 70, 73, 73

217 — Shahid Javed Khan (Royal Palm) 68, 72, 77; Aadil Jehangir (Gymkhana) 73, 75, 69

Amateurs:

220 — M. Naeem (ABT) 72, 73, 75

223 — Zohaib Asif (DHA) 69, 77, 77

224 — Ghazanfar Mahmood (Bahria) 74, 77, 73

Winner Net: 209 — Sameer Merchant (DHA)

Runner-up Net: 214 — Ahmed Noman Khan (DWGC)

Senior pros:

70 — Iftikhar Ahmed (Gymkhana)

71 — Manzoor Ahmed (Gymkhana)

Juniors:

Winner Gross: 80 — Vivek Anand (DHA)

Runner-up Gross: 81 — Junaid Irfan (KGC)

Winner Net: 69 — Hamza Siddiqi (KGC)

Runner-up Net: 71 — Asad Ali Khan (SGA)

Ladies:

Winner Gross: 81 — Humera Khalid (DHA)

Runner-up Gross: 94 — Maha Ahmed (DHA)

Winner Net: 75 — Naghmana Atif (KGC)

Runner-up Net: 80 — Farhana Sayeed (KGC)

Masters:

Winner Gross: 41 — Taimur Ali Khan (DHA)

Runner-up Gross: 47 — Hassan Gheewala (DHA)

Winner Net: 27 — Hamza Gheewala (DHA)

Runner-up Net: 33 — Hamza Ali (DHA)

Veterans:

Winner Gross: 42 — Retired Brig Islam (KGC)

Runner-up Gross: 47 — Bakhtiyar Saeed (DHA)

Winner Net: 38 — Retired Capt Syed Fazal Jafar (DHA)

Runner-up Net: 41 — Retired Maj Mohammad Suhail (DHA)

Seniors:

Winner Gross: 78 — Retired Lt Col Zahid Iqbal (DHA)

Runner-up Gross: 80 — Shaikh Mohammad Jawed (DHA)

Winner Net: 62 — Iqbal Mahmood (DHA)

Runner-up Net: 68 — Khalid Hussain (DHA)

Subsidiary:

Winner Gross: 88 — Retired Maj Yasser Haque (DHA)

Runner-up Gross: 90 — Abdul Rahim Amin (DHA)

Winner Net: 72 — Faizan Mian (DHA)

Runner-up Net: 76 — Vu Viet Dung (DHA).

Published in Dawn, August 24th, 2015

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