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Four emerge joint leaders in Memorial Golf

15 February, 2012

KARACHI: At the end of the first round of the Rashid D Habib Memorial Open Golf Tournament at the Karachi Golf Club here on Tuesday, the competition was extremely tough as four top contenders emerged in front with a similar score of 3 under par 69, each one playing a game of top quality.

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KARACHI: At the end of the first round of the Rashid D Habib Memorial Open Golf Tournament at the Karachi Golf Club here on Tuesday, the competition was extremely tough as four top contenders emerged in front with a similar score of 3 under par 69, each one playing a game of top quality. The four champions bunched together at the top of the leaderboard were Shabbir Iqbal (Islamabad), Matloob Ahmed (Garrison Club), Muhammad Safdar (Gujranwala) and Jafal Hussain (Gymkhana Club). Two other leading professionals, Shahid Javed Khan (Royal Palm Club) and Nadeem Inayat (Karachi) were placed one stroke behind at a score of 2 under par 70. Mohammad Nazir of Islamabad was at 71.

As this championship moves into the second round, the competitors are likely to try and undo each other through more excellence, although with Shabbir there playing superbly, it is not going to be easy to curb his winning ways. However, Matloob looks determined to prove that he has the ability to capture the top slot and equally charged up is Shahid. In the seniors' professional category, Ghulam Nabi, a former star of the eighties and nineties, looked the man in charge of the seniors section and had the best round of the day, a gross 71. Others who look good in the seniors' section were Asghar Ali (72), A Hameed (75) and Akbar Ali 75.

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