Shabbir clinches Sindh Golf Open title

Karachi: Pakistan number one Shabbir Iqbal reasserted his supremacy on the national professional circuit by retaining the 17th edition of Sindh Open Golf Championship title here at the Arabian Sea Country Club here on Sunday.

Shabbir of Islamabad Golf Club ended on the top after carding a total of 203 after rounds of 66, 68 and 69 – ending with 13-under-par at the picturesque surroundings.

It was great comeback by Shabbir, who has lost his CNS title to arch-rival and Islamabad club-mate Mohammad Munir last week at Karachi Golf Club after beating his opponent by three strokes.

Bearded Shabbir played a superb golf at the front nine by carding 32 with three birdies with one bogey and five pars while making 37 at the back nine.

Shabbir Iqbal has dominated both the CNS Open and Sindh Open Golf since their launch.

Diminutive Mohammad Munir, who made a dazzling start by setting a new course with 8-under-par in the opening round faded away as Shabbir maintained consistency.

Munir ended with 206 ten-under-par after rounds of 64, 71 and 71, making two bogeys in last five-hole.

Matloob Ahmed of Lahore Garrison Club, who also started well with first round of 66, but a poor round of one-over-par 73 relegated him to third position with a total of 209.

President of Sindh Golf Association (SGA) Asad I.A. Khan presented the glittering silver trophy and cash award of Rs. 363,138 to winner Shabbir Iqbal while Mohammad Munir collected the runner-up trophy and purse of Rs.244,150 while Matloob Ahmed got Rs.151,406.

Treasurer SGA, Ashraf Khan Ghouri, Captain ASCC Arshad Khan, General Manager ASCC Hasan Jamil, Sajjad Shah and Farrukh Haroon of the club were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Shabbir Iqbal praised the high class facilities and said he always enjoy playing and winning here at ASCC.