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KARACHI: Pakistan’s golfing ace Mohammad Munir said on Wednesday that he was looking to make his mark on the Asian Tour after qualifying for the continental events.

The 38-year-old Munir of Islamabad Golf Club earned the right to feature on the Asian Golf Tour after a fine performance in the Asian qualifying school.

Munir played rounds of 72, 70, 66 and 75 to end with a total of 283 to confirm his place in the Asian Professional Golf Association (APGA) tour.

Munir, rated as Pakistan’s number two golfer, is in the metropolis to feature in the Rs1.5 million All Pakistan Open Golf Tournament, starting at Defence Authority Golf Club from Friday.

“I paid US$2,000 entry fee for appearing in the Asian qualifying school,” he said.

“Good showing at the Mena Tour in the UAE and in Saudi Arabia raised my confidence level to join the Asian Tour,” he disclosed.

Munir won his maiden professional event — the Ras-ul-Khaimeh Classic — and he also performed creditably in other events in the UAE and Saudi Arabia over the past few months.

Experienced Munir ended the Mena Tour with Merit of Order earning of $18,000 in four events.

He said his first assignment on the Asian Tour will be $300,000 Myanmar Open in Yangon, being staged there from Feb 21-24 which will be followed by Sail Open in New Delhi, the Malaysian Open and other Asian golf tour events in March and April where he intends to make his appearance.

Munir said Shabbir Iqbal and Matloob Ahmed are the other two leading golfers of the country who will be posing a tough challenge for him on the national circuit.—APP