Sunny Masih and Minhaj Warraich emerge as leaders in 9th JA Zaman Open Golf

11:59 PM | 25 Feb, 2023
Sunny Masih and Minhaj Warraich emerge as leaders in 9th JA Zaman Open Golf

LAHORE – The six days 9th JA Zaman Memorial Open Golf Championship being held in memory of the noblest of icons JA Zaman is in progress at the historic par 72 Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course.  

Out of the six days, two (Tuesday and Wednesday) were reserved for events like veterans, senior amateurs and lady amateurs. The following four days starting from Thursday to Sunday (18 holes round each day) were days for the professional golf champions of the country, 98 of whom were eligible to seek appealing cash prizes totaling Rs 6 million as well as honors in the shape of the esteemed JA Zaman Golf title. 

Another segment of golfers falling in the grading men amateurs would compete over three days starting from Friday. Regarding senior golf professionals and junior golf professionals, the assigned days were Wednesday and Thursday, 18 holes each day adding up to a total of 36 holes. 

And as for the golfing activity during the 18 holes on Thursday, the 98 golf professionals played with self-assurance, golfing grace and equilibrium and as the 18 holes concluded the front runners were two bright young stars of the national golf circuit. Sunny Masih of Lahore Gymkhana, a product of the Jinnah Development Tour was one and a youthful Minhaj Warraich of Rawalpindi Golf Club another one. 

Both these professionals are on the rise and showed their capabilities by appearing as joint leaders in this Zaman Family-backed golf championship through similar scores of gross 68, four under par. This amazing score of gross 68 was achieved through praiseworthy hitting off the tees, crisp and sharp shot making from the fairways and nerve free putting on the greens. Sunny’s hole by hole performance was five birdies on holes 2,8,10,15 and 16, twelve regulation pars and one bogie on the 6th hole, a real meritorious show of golf playing ability. 

Analysis of Minhaj’s round was birdies on holes 1,5,7,13 and 15 (five in all), regulation pars on twelve holes and a single bogie on the 4th hole. While Sunny and Minhaj have surfaced as leaders, they have two accomplished adversaries in the form of M Munir (Rawalpindi) and Ahmed Baig (Royal Palm) placed just one stroke behind them. Munir played a round of gross 69, three under par and Ahmed Baig also played gross 69, three under par. 

Matloob Ahmed (Lahore Garrison) is at gross 70 followed by eight golf professionals bunched together at a score of gross 71, one under par, their names being Usman Ali (Garrison), Talat Ijaz (Gymkhana), Amjad Yousaf (Margalla Greens), Abdul Zahoor (Multan), Aamir Khan (Peshawar), M Imran (Defence Raya), M Rehman (Royal Palm) and Bilal Khan (Sargodha).  

At a score of gross 72 are placed ten golf professionals. They are M Sajid, M Shahzad, Kashif Masih, M Alam, Akbar Mehroz, Shahid Javed Khan, Waheed Baloch, Syed Bilal Hussain, Khalid Khan and the great one Shabbir Iqbal, winner of 200 titles. The tee off today (Friday) will take place at 7am at Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course.


USD to PKR: Pakistani rupee remains stable against dollar as IMF talks underway

ISLAMABAD – Pakistani rupee remained stable against the US dollar as the market is looking for direction amid Pakistan’s ongoing negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Amid the economic uncertainty, the local currency remained unchanged against the greenback, moving up 0.01 percent during the opening hours of trading. Before noon, PKR was hovering at 285.40 in the interbank.

In contrast to the inter-bank, the dollar continued its upward trajectory in the open market and is reportedly available at Rs315, as the gap between the official rate and open market rate is Rs30 per dollar.

As the money market is waiting for a positive development from the economic front, International Monetary Fund (IMF) Mission Chief to Pakistan said they continued engagement with Islamabad focusing on the restoration of foreign exchange proper market functioning, with special on the upcoming budget.

Today's gold rates in Pakistan – May 30 2023

KARACHI - The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 232,700 on Tuesday.The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs199,510.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs163,624 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 190,880.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Karachi PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Islamabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Peshawar PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Quetta PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Sialkot PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Attock PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Gujranwala PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Jehlum PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Multan PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Bahawalpur PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Gujrat PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Nawabshah PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Chakwal PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Hyderabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Nowshehra PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Sargodha PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Faisalabad PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500
Mirpur PKR 232,700 PKR 2,500


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