Karachi, 13th January, 2019 (PR): Matloob Ahmed beats national golfer Muhammad Shabbir to win Bank AL Habib’s 8th Rashid D. Habib Memorial National Professional Golf Championship. His score of 14 under 274 entitled him for the prize money of Rs. 630,329. Matloob surprisingly maintained his lead during the four-day tournament. The final round of Rs. 7.2 million prize money golf tournament was played on 13th January at Karachi Golf Club.
Ansar Mahmood of Pakistan Navy along with Muhammad Shabbir were the runner ups with 276 -12 under. They bagged Rs. 324,651 each. Muhammad Shabbir is Pakistan’s National golfer and he was also the defending champion from last year. Third position went to Hamza Amin who was paid Rs. 202,380 as prize money.
Bank Al Habib also equally distributed appearance money of Rs. 500,000 amongst the top five Pakistani golfers; Muhammad Ashfaq, Waheed Baloch, Matloob Ahmed, Muhamamd Munir and Muhammad Shabbir. Similarly, top three senior professionals; Mehmood Kiyani, Muhammad Akram and Imdad Hussain were also paid appearance money of Rs. 50,000 each.
Imdad Hussain achieved first position in the Senior Professional Category and bagged prize money of Rs. 131,670. Second position went to Muhammad Akram with prize money of Rs. 82,294, while third position went to Iftikhar Ahmed who bagged Rs. 61,916.
In the KGC Professionals category Ayaz Gul took the lead and bagged Rs. 81,000 as prize money. Taj Nabi of KPT, Shehzad Yousuf and Shakir Ali followed him on second positions. Their prize was Rs. 51,450 each. Nabeel Khan won the KGC Caddies category and won Rs. 82,350. M. Nawaz was runner up with Rs. 66,600 and Kalfort Jan hold third position and got Rs. 49,950. Latif Khaskheli was the lucky winner in KGC Senior Professionals category and was paid Rs. 19,000. His follower Syed Jamal Badshah stood 2nd position and was paid Rs. 15,000. Young Professionals category saw Asad Khan of PAF in first position and Kashif Masih as runner up. Their prize money was Rs. 42,750 and 33,750 respectively. Bank AlHabib’s 1300 cc car kept for hole in one winner remained unclaimed. KGC’s Abrar Ahmed in 2014, proved ownership of the same car with his 147 yard drive played at yellow course.
Chief Guest of the ceremony Commander Karachi Vice Admiral Asif Khaliq HI-M, Pakistan Navy encouraged the efforts of Bank Al Habib for holding such a wonderful Golf event and congratulated the winners.
Speaking at the prize ceremony Bank Al Habib’s Managing Director Abbas D Habib said, “Allah has blessed us with the capacity to deliver this golf tournament and we are thankful to him.
We are talking with Pakistan Golf Federation and looking forward to sponsor training of three 12 to 14 years old golfers for international levels.” Replying to media queries, Matloob Ahmed said that Bank Al Habib’s Golf Tournament is contributing towards the promotion of golf in Pakistan.