LAHORE -  The Chief of Naval Staff (CNS) Amateur Golf Championship will roll into action today (Friday) here at the Royal Palm golf course.

Addressing a press conference, Pakistan Navy Station Commander Commodore SM Shahzad, along with Royal Palm GM Omer Mir, Director Golf Col (R) Jameel Khalid and Director Media Kh Pervaiz Saeed here, said: “Pakistan Navy is sponsor of this prestigious championship and maintains and seeks to enhance its association with sports promotion and development. Chief of Naval Staff Admiral M Zakaullah NI (M) is a sports lover and wholeheartedly subscribes to the holding of this national golf event and wishes the best to all participants.”

Omer Mir said: “The players consider this championship as extremely beneficial to their golfing careers and an event that can give them competitive experience and a chance to compete with the best amateur golf players of the country.” Col Jameel said the events at stake were seniors event, ladies event, juniors event and the prime event for amateurs. “The main event for amateurs will be contested over three rounds with 18 holes to be played each day making it a total of 54 holes. M Rehman of Royal Palm is the defending champion.”

Khawaja Pervaiz said the leading players vying for the title were M Rehman and Mohsin Zafar (Royal Palm), Tariq Mahmood (Islamabad) Ghazanfar Mehmood, Khalid Mehmood and Tashfeen Ashraf (Rawalpindi), Zulfiqar Ali and Ashiq Hussain (Multan), Salman Jehangir and Wazir Ali (Lahore Gymkhana).