Shabbir leads opening round of Sindh Open

Pakistan Navy golfer scores three under-par on day one.

Nabil Tahir August 15, 2014

KARACHI: Shabbir Iqbal started the opening round of the Sindh Open Golf Championship with an impressive performance, recording a three under-par (69) at the Arabian Sea Country Club (ASCC) on Thursday.

The Islamabad-based golfer, representing Pakistan Navy, secured a two-stroke lead in the professional category, according to information provided by an ASCC official.

“Iqbal has proved himself against tough opponents like Muhammad Munir who scored four over-par (76),” ASCC CEO Arif Ali Khan Abbasi told The Express Tribune.

“He is definitively the favourite to win the event. There are only two golfers who scored under-par on the first day — Shabbir and Imdad Hussain, who posted a score of one under-par (71).

“We still have long way to go. Anything can happen in the remaining two days.”

Championship leader Shabbir said understanding the wind was a key factor on this golf course.

“This golf course has the wind factor,” said Shabbir. “This can go in favour of good golfers whereas it can be a disadvantage for the others.”

Meanwhile, last year’s champion Muhammad Siddique played a disastrous first round with a score of seven over-par (79), with six bogeys and one double bogey.

In the senior professional category, Asghar Ali secured the lead in round one with two under-par (70), followed by Muhammad Ilyas with a par-score (72), while the third spot was jointly shared by Ghani Khan and Akhtar Ali with a card of one over-par (73).

Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2014.

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