LAHORE - Saleem Raza of Gujranwala Golf Club was the only disabled Pakistani golfer who not only competed in the World Disabled Golf Championship 2013 but also won laurels for the country.

The championship, which concluded Thursday night at the Westwood Golf Course in Glasgow, UK, was participated by 76 golfers from all European countries. Saleem successfully elevated himself by emerging as the top player of the championship. The points were calculated on stable-ford basis and in the first round, he aggregated 31 points, 30 on the second day and 37 on the third day which ultimately turned out to be the final day as the fourth round was cancelled because of extremely stormy weather.

Talking to this scribe over phone call, Saleem attributed his success to a lot of hard work and the playing facilities provided to him by Royal Palm Golf Course management. “Indeed the Royal Palm Golf Course is comparable with the leading golf courses and practicing there really helps. I am so glad that I have brought honour for Pakistan and based on this achievement, I am getting invitations to play from all over. Now, I will move to Sweden for taking part in an international event there.”

He also complimented the Punjab Golf Association (PGA) and Pakistan Golf Federation (PGF) for lending financial support for the trip. In this championship, Kevin Harrison of Scotland came second and Fleming Rasmuffta of England came third.

The event in-charge was gladdened by the presence of a competitor from Pakistan and pleasantly surprised that he had performed so well in the World Disabled Championship.