Parkha wins gross title in 4th PGA Ladies Amateur Golf

The Nation  |  Dec 06, 2021

LAHORE - Parkha Ijaz won the gross title in the 4th PGA Ladies Amateur Golf Championship 2021 that concluded here at the superbly-maintained Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course on Sunday. 

All the ladies golfers amused the spectators with their powerful shot-making and excellent golfing skills and those, who played better golf, dominated the day and emerged as title winners. Parkha Ijaz clinched the title in category A with a gross score of 228 while Suneya Osama (245) finished second and Bushra Fatima and Ghazala Yasmin tied with a gross 260 to share the third position. 

In category B, the first gross was won by Shabana Waheed, second by Rubarb Haider and third by Hussain Bano. Similarly Shazadi Gulfam won the first net, Shaheen Irfan second and Uzma Khurshid third net. In category C, the first gross was won by Mina Zainab, second by Rabia Tiwana and third by Nasira Shaheen. In the net category, Rabia Rashid was winner followed by Aliha and Saadia Asim. In the junior girls section, Yasmin Khan was winner while Aleesa Rashid secured second, Nataliya Ch third, Uswa Siddique fourth and Manhal Ahsan fifth position. 

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A total of 50 lady golfers participated in this tournament. As the golfers were divided into three, handicap based, categories, i.e. Categories A, B and C, golfers with higher handicaps also had the opportunity to win a prize. In addition, a special category for junior girls U-14 was also included, with the aim of ‘catching them young’. Maj Gen Shela Baqai, a serving lady Army officer, was the chief guest at the immaculately-conducted prize distribution ceremony and distributed prizes and shields among the winners. 

The 4th PGA Ladies Amateur Golf Championship was held from 3-5 December 2021 at Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course. The planning and execution of this event was carried out entirely by women, under the personal supervision of Dr. Asma Afzal Shami, Chairperson Ladies Golf in Pakistan. However, its actual conduct was carried out by its dedicated Tournament Committee working under its Director, Mrs Maimoona Azam. The credit for conducting this championship, strictly according to the rules, must go to the chief referee Mrs Munaza Shaheen. Incidentally, she is the first Pakistani lady to have qualified as a Level-I Referee from an International Golfing Institution. 

Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar's car fined in London for violating traffic rules It is worth mentioning that, till 2016, ladies golf was as low key as could be. But then, on Dr Shami’s request, the President PGF instituted an annual, exclusive, Ladies Golf Championship, at the national level. Its outstanding success, enabled her to successfully petition the PGA to institute a similar event at the Punjab level in 2017. As the Federal, Sindh and KPK Golf Associations soon followed the suit, there are now five exclusive Ladies Tournaments in the Annual Golf Calendar. This has had a very healthy effect on the development of ladies golf. In the Punjab Open Golf Championship, held recently at Lahore, two young sisters, Parkha and Rimsha Ijaz, stunned Pakistan’s golfing community by fielding dream scores of 8 and 6 under par respectively over two days. 

The PGA also deserves credit for establishing a mechanism for talent hunting at the grassroots level. In 2019, the PGA agreed to the joint request of Dr Shami and Mrs Maimoona Azam, to sanction an annual PGA Junior Girls Match for girls U-14. Whereas in the first event, 19 girls participated, this number increased to 35 in the second Match. And then came a break of 2 years due to the Corona Pandemic. It, therefore, goes to the credit of Gen Aziz, current PGA President, for readily agreeing to revive this initiative. 

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Consequently the 3rd PGA Junior Girls Golf Match was held last month in Lahore Garrison Greens, in which over 60 junior girls participated with an increase of 300 percent from the 1st Match. Incidentally, 13-year-old Bushra Fatima, who was one of the original 19, today won the 3rd Gross Prize in Category A. She has reduced her handicap from 36 to 9 in just one year. A euphoric Dr Shami now has her eyes set on sending a ladies team to the Paris Olympics. 

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