KARACHI: Battle for supremacy in Faysal Bank 16th Sindh Open Golf Championship will begins at the splendid setting of Arabian Sea Country Club which tee-off on Friday at 7:30 am with top professionals.
The main attraction in event played over 54-hole, professional competition which carries Rs 1.5 million in prize money while Rs 500,000 will be at the offer for the seniors professionals.
Muhammad Siddique, who surprised aces golfers to win the title in 2013,will be defending his title in the three-day competition.
However, it will be a big challenge for Siddique to retain his crown in presence of big names like Pakistan number one Shabbir Iqbal, Muhammad Munir, Matloob, Shahid Javed Khan, Waheed Baloch, Aadil Jehangir, Muhammad Tariq, Shafiq Masih, Javed Inayat, Amjad Yousuf and host of other golfers.
Pakistan’s only golfer Hamza Amin, who qualified for the Asian Tour, earlier this year will be only prominent player missing from the championship as he is currently in USA.
Besides lucrative cash purse, one Suzuki Wagnor will also be at the offer to the golfer performing first hole-in-one. The winner expected t collect over Rs.250,000.
Prize money of the event has been increased from Rs.1.5 million to last year to Rs.two million this year.
A large number professionals and amateurs underwent a training session at ASCC in build-up for the on event the Independence Day.
“My goal is to regain my title here where I won nearly half a dozen titles,” Shabbir Iqbal after playing an 18-hole practice session.
“I know the surroundings, fairways and greens mentally well prepared to perform well in the championship,” Shabbir of Islamabad Golf club said.
Another top pro Muhammad Munir, who had arrived here on Wednesday, also looked confident to regain the title.
“Greens of the course are in super shape and good putting can be very fruitful,” Muhammad Munir, who won the event in Dubai, last year, commented.
President Sindh Golf Association (SGA) Asad I.A.Khan said 72 professionals, 25 senior professionals, over 50 amateur golfers are in the the fray for different titles.
“We have gone through process of preparing draws and first flight will tee-off at 7.30 am,” he said.