National Amateur Golf Championship tees off

The 62nd National Amateur Golf Championship, which teed off on Monday at the Lahore Gymkhana, is featuring players from five countries besides hosts Pakistan for the first time in history.

The championship, supported by Smart City, is hosting golfers from Egypt, Bangladesh, Qatar, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.

Players locked horns in the Longest Drive Competition on the opening day. The competition carries prize money of Rs100,000, while the first runner-up will bag Rs60,000 and the second runner-up Rs30,000.

The tournament has attracted top golfers by setting an eligibility requirement for each player to have a handicap of seven or below.

The four-day championship will see golfers vying for trophies in the categories of Men, Women, Seniors, International Team Match, and JR Jayawardene Trophy.

Pakistani players, including Salman Jehangir, Qasim Ali Khan, Saim Shazli, Hussain Hamid, and Mohsin Zafar, are targeting the silverware and are expected to face competition from youngsters like Omar Khalid, Saad Habib, Damil Ataullah, and Yashal Shah, who won the 14th Faldo Asia Grand Final Golf Championship in Vietnam on April 22.

The Pakistan Golf Federation was also making an effort to live-stream the tournament.

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