Golfers from all over Pakistan flocked to Rawalpindi for the much anticipated Prime Minister Golf Open, each looking to win laurels and respect of their fellow golfers. Professionals were seen two days prior to the tournament practicing and taking in the feel of the course in their practice rounds. The tournament kicked off on the 22nd of Oct and the fervor of each golfer participating was clearly evident. Day 1 ended with Pakistan No.1 M. Shabbir Iqbal leading the elite golfers closely followed by Pakistan No.2 & a member of the Ufone team Matloob Ahmed.
The two fought it out over the three day tournament with Shabbir continuing to increase the gap between the 1st and 2nd position alas he ended the tournament 15 under par (-15) and Matloob who secured 2nd position was 5 under par (-5).
Speaking about his win Shabbir said “ I am fortunate to have held the No.1 position for a number of years and till date I feel the pressure from other professionals in each tournament we participate in. Winning the Prime Minister Open is indeed a moment of pride for me but at the same time I am extremely excited that Ufone too decided to give me Rs.100,000/- for this memorable win. Ufone has played an active part in golf over the last year and has encouraged each member of Team Ufone to bring out our best on the course”.
“Before the tournament, Ufone announced to us that they would be giving away a cash prize to each of those who secure the top 3 positions in the tournament which encouraged me to focus harder on my win, hence Matloob too will be given a cash prize for his great performance.”
“Ufone is the only organization in Pakistan to take such a big leap in the sport of Golf, in July this year Ufone organized a children’s golf clinic at the Karachi Golf Club which I participated in as a coach and was overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the children. We as golfers look forward to the development of the sport and an honored to be a part of such a positive initiative.”