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LAHORE: Ahmed Baig played another excellent round of 70 to accumulate a two-day aggregate of 142 to maintain his top position on the second day of the first Wapda Chairman Golf Championship at the Defence Raya Club here on Saturday.

With a round of par 72 he played on Friday, Ahmed exhibited more commitment and skillful play to add the card of 70 to strengthen his chances for the title. Those seeking to unnerve him in the final round are proficient and savvy ones like Ghazanfar Mehmood of Garden City Golf Club — who is just two strokes behind the leader at 144 — and Salman Jehngir of Gymkhana, who is at the third place with 146 while Zunair Aleem has an aggregate of 149.

They three golfers vying for the title in with the final 18 holes on Sunday will be an interesting encounter to watch. At 151 is Ashiq Hussain (Multan), Sulman Akhter (Gymkhana), Hussain Hamid (Royal Palm) and Qasim Ali Khan (Gymkhana ) all bracketed with identical score of 152.

Net section leader is Salman Jehangir at a score of net 142 and sharing his position with Ahmed Jabran. Hussain Hamid and Sulman Akhtar are bracketed at net 144.

The race for honors in the seniors section concluded after 36 holes. Tariq Mehmood of Garrison was outstanding and emerged as the winner of gross category with commendable rounds of 75 and 77 and a two rounds aggregate of 152.

He managed to beat another ace player, Col.(r) Rustam Ali Chatta by a single stroke who had to be content with the second gross.

Col. Asif Mehdi of Wapda and Defence Raya played steadily and won the third gross. His aggregate score was 158. Net first in seniors section went to Maj. Gen Tahir of Defence Raya. His winning score was net 138.

Dr. Tariq Malik of Gymkhana picked up the second net, his net score being 142.

Published in Dawn, December 2nd, 2018

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