KARACHI: The final leg of arrangements for the successful hosting of the UMA-CNS Open Golf Championship — Pakistan’s first Asian Tour event in 11 years — has received the thumbs up from the Asian body.

In a recent visit to the Karachi Golf Club (KGC) – the venue of the prestigious US$300,000 tournament to be played from October 11-14 — a three-man Asian Tour team expressed its satisfaction on the arrangements being made by the event’s organisers.

The Asian Tour officials inspected the sprawling 27-hole KGC course and gave it the green signal to host the UMA-CNS Open which will feature Asian stars alongside top Pakistani professionals.

US$300,000 golf event will be held from Oct 11-14

Rear Admiral Asif Khaliq, Commander Karachi and President KGC, is confident that the UMA-CNS Open will provide a boost to Pakistan golf.

“Pakistan Navy is delighted that its premier golf event will be an Asian Tour tournament featuring international stars. The UMA-CNS Open Asian Tour tournament will be the highlight of our national golf calendar. This will herald the return of international golf to Pakistan after a gap of 11 years,” he said.

Sohail Shams, CEO UMA. also hailed the return of international golf to Pakistan. “We complete a decade of our association with the CNS Open this year and what better way to celebrate it than by giving Pakistan an Asian Tour tournament,” he added.

Published in Dawn, September 19th, 2018