Sensational Salman victorious in 2nd PGF Match Play Golf

The Nation  |  Sep 27, 2021

LAHORE - Sensational Salman Jehangir of Lahore Gymkhana emerged as champion of match play contest beating Hussain Hamid of Royal Palm in a 36 holes final of the five-day 2nd Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF) Match Play Golf Championship 2021 that concluded here at the Royal Palm Golf Course on Sunday. 

With four holes to go Salman Jehangir was five up and that meant his adversary had to concede victory as per tradition and practice. By achieving this resplendent success, Salman has secured national honors for himself, his parent club, Lahore Gymkhana and brought a cheer to the life of his ailing father and golf mentor, Jehangir Aziz, a golfer of merit in his younger days. 

The 36 holes formidable match play encounter between Salman and Hussain teed off at 8am at the Royal Palm Golf Course on Sunday and noticeable was the exhilaration all around when these adversaries hit their opening tee shots on the first hole, a par four measuring 430 yards. Tee shots were well timed and magnificent and brought applause from their yearning fans. For the first five holes, it was all pragmatic and business-like application of golfing skills and then suddenly Hussain hit an errant tee shot on the 7th hole while Salman started showing his mastery. Two birdies helped him exhibit his excellence and this backed by regulation pars uplifted his command and control and enabled him to end up four up after the completion of the first nine holes. 

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Thereafter, Hussain did try to chisel his game but nothing seemed to make an impression. Salman was completely in command. In no way could one imagine Hussain cutting back the lead. This kind of advantage becomes a daunting prospect in a match play situation for any opponent. It goes to the credit of Hussain that he scored regulation pars right from the 19th to the 31st hole but while he was steady and impressive, his opponent continued to retaliate with brilliance. Salman finished the marathon golfing session with a superlative display of golfing expertise and surfaced as the worthy match play champion for 2021-22. 

According to final results, Salman Jehangir (Lesco-Wapda) clinched the trophy and gold medal while Hussain Hamid (Royal Palm) earned silver medal and Danish Javed (Lesco-Wapda) claimed bronze medal. 

The concluding ceremony was graced by former Governor Punjab Lt Gen (r) Khalid Maqbool, who, along with Brig (R) Ajaz Ahad Khan of PGF, awarded prizes to the winners in the presence of Hammad Hassan of Royal Palm, participating golfers and families at Royal Palm Golf Course.

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