LAHORE - Showing brilliance and command, M Shabbir Iqbal of Islamabad Golf Club annexed the title of the third edition of the JA Zaman Memorial Open Golf Championship here at the historic par-72 Lahore Gymkhana golf course here on Sunday.

Shabbir, dubbed as favourite to win the title in the pre-championship ratings, remained unchallenged during the final round of this three-round event and emerged as victorious, showcasing his talent and class in a professional manner. His total aggregate score was 203, 13 under par for the three competitive rounds.

Talib Hussain of CDA was runner-up with an overall score of 208, eight under par over the three days while defending champion Matloob Ahmed came third with a score of 209, followed by Latif Rafiq (Gymkhana) 209, Shafiq Masih (Gymkhana) 212 and Aasher Masih (Gymkhana) 212.

Imdad Hussain of Pakistan Railways won the seniors professionals title with a gross round of 66, with M Akram second through a round of 73. As for the junior professionals, Akash Masih came first and Usman Ali second.

The race in amateur section was won by Robin Bagh of MianWali Golf Club. His score for three rounds was 223. Fakhar Imam of Defence Raya Golf Club came second with a similar score of 223 but the first prize tilted in favour of Robin because he had a better score on the last 36 holes. The net section performers were Ahmed Khalid (first), Sardar Murad Khan (second) and Mohsen Zafar (third).

Ghazala Yasmin won the ladies gross and Ana James Gill was runner-up gross. In net section Zaib un Nisa won first net and Sameea JavedAli second. The veteran section winner was Inam Rana with Maj UD Najmi second while Javed A Zia was first in net and Gp Capt Asim Durrani second. Air Cmdr ZI Ahmed came first in gross section of age category above 80 years. Dr Ehsanullah was first in net section of this age group. Senior gross was won by Shafiq Bhatti and second gross went to Javed A Khan. Senior net went to Talha Majeed and second net to Omer Farooq.

In a grand prize distribution ceremony, the prizes were awarded to the winners by chief guests Begum JA Zaman and her son Hamid Zaman.