Islamabad: Serena Hotels in collaboration with the Pakistan Golf Federation and the Islamabad Golf Club hosted the President of Pakistan 31st Gold Medal Golf Championship 2015 under the banner of their Sports Diplomacy Initiative.
The three day tournament took place from 26 October, 2015 to 28 October, at the Islamabad Golf Club. The prize distribution ceremony was postponed to a further date due to the devastating earthquake that struck Pakistan last October, 2015. Serena Hotels launched a Spirit of Compassion relief fund in November across all its Hotels in Pakistan to aid relief efforts.
The Championship is the most prestigious golfing event in Islamabad’s calendar year with a prize money of 1.6 million Rupees. The President of Pakistan graced the Prize Distribution Ceremony as Chief Guest.
He lauded the initiative taken by Serena Hotels and the Pakistan Golf Federation in hosting the Championship and said it was an excellent way to promote cultural exchange in Pakistan, and promote interaction amongst various segments of society.
CEO Serena Hotels, Mr. Aziz Boolani also spoke at the occasion, “Serena Hotels will continue to serve the communities wherever we are located. Events such as the President of Pakistan Gold Medal Golf Championship 2015 help promote and revive an interest in sports amongst Pakistan’s youth. Our guests’ continuous support and participation is a vital aspect of the success of all our Initiatives. “
The Hotel annually hosts a Polo Cup Match, the Serena Hotels invitational Golf tournament, Cricket tournament and the Serena Hotels – Chief of the Air Staff Squash Championship, they also sponsored the President Gold Cup International Squash Championship 2015. For the first time the hotel sponsored Serena Hotels 1st Open Tennis Championship 2015having the richest prize money in the tennis circuit.
Prizes were awarded by the honourable President of Pakistan Mr. Mamnoon Hussain to the defending champion, M.Shabbir Iqbal, who won the main event again this year. Major Najam won the Amateurs Net Category, Mr. Adnan emerging victorious in the Junior Professionals Category. Mr. Malik Afsar won the Senior Amateurs Category and played over a two days course play Rimsha Ejaz emerged victorious in the Ladies category
The winners of the Serena Hotels Invitational Tournament were H.E Dr. Song Jun, South Korean Ambassador for the Diplomatic Category and Mr. Riaz Pesnani for the Main Category.