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LAHORE – The Ace Junior Golf League (AJGL) Monthly Medal Regional Match concluded here at the Gymkhana Golf Course with a stunning success.
This will be followed in Karachi, Islamabad, Peshawar, Sona Golf Club, Rahim Yar Khan and Rumanza, Multan respectively. Ace junior golf is an extension of Girls Golf Matches, which was the brainchild of its founder Dr. Asma Afzal Shami, Former President Women’s Golf PGF and Patron and President BOD AJGL.
She has designed the AJGL to be a golf league for both girls and boys, ages 6-21, that can eventually become a much needed grassroots nursery to discover, nurture and produce our future national level golf champions.
Miss. Munazza Shaheen, Rules Official and President AJGL, has configured the format for AJGL including complete web portal equipped with rankings, profiles, event coverage and player registration. Also use of social media will ensure Pakistan’s large presence in the international golf community.
She helped with the necessary framework, adopted from successful Gulf countries like USA, UK, Thailand, Malaysia, to have two basic principles. First principle; The golfers are divided into age categories, not skill level or handicap. Second principle, they must compete on gross and play strategically as green in regulation, two putt strategy, up and down to save pars and learn to keep their scores low rather than winning at the net.
The junior golfers aged 6 to 10 in the Birdie category performed exceptionally well playing 9 holes. In the girls section, top 4 positions were achieved by Noor Bano Chaudry gross 58, Syeda Noor Zara Shah (62), Sara Qasim (77) and Zayneb Akram (78). In boys, Shahzain Iftikhar (49), Issa Khan (59), Nael Haider (65) and Wali Akram (80) excelled.
In the eagle category for girls aged 10 to 14, Nataliya Ch (96), Aleesa Almas Rashid (99), Nataliya Nadeem Khan (102) and Zoay Qureshi (103) bagged positions respectively. In the boys section, Mikail Usman (77), Rehan Asif (82), Sher Ali Khan (82), Ibrahim Wajid (84) topped. In the girls albatross category aged 14 to 18, the top four positions were taken by Laiba Ali Shah (93), Bushra Fatima (94), Aliha Amjad (102) and Ayezah Amin (133).
In the boys section, Ahmed Ibrahim (73), Wajahat Anwer (91), Rohail Ibrahim (92), Hussain Ali Shah (96) got top 4 positions. In the boys’ elite category 18-21 years, M Saim Tahir (73) was first followed by Sam Latif (74), Adam Khan (78) and Muhammad Abdullah (85). The event concluded with an impressive prize distribution ceremony, led by the enthusiastic juniors and professionally organized by Ms. Bela Azam, Lady Captain LGGC.
Dr. Asma Afzal Shami, who read out a special message that had been sent by Lt Gen (R) Hillal, Patron of AJGL, said, “I would like to congratulate Dr. Asma Shami for envisioning this unique concept which, I am sure on, will prove to be a game changer for the future development of golf in Pakistan. I would also like to pay tribute to the technical role played by Munazza Shaheen in bringing Dr. Shami’s concept to fruition on the ground. This unbeatable combination of Dr. Shami and Ms. Munazza is more than a solid guarantee for AJGL’s future success.”
Mian Misbah ur Rehman, the chief guest, remarked, “While the federation and its affiliated provincial associations have long been trying to come up with a workable, sustainable concept to create a golf talent hunt mechanism at the national level, Dr. Asma Shami and Ms. Munazza Shaheen have shown us the way. All kudos and kudos to them and their dedicated team.
“The golf league has Gymkhana’s wholehearted support. The club will make every effort to provide all kinds of support and facilities to the organizers of AJGL. I am aware that such an effort requires a lot of hard work. I am also aware of the financial restraint the league will face. I will try to help you raise funds for your noble cause,” he added.