LAHORE - The first round of the three days and three rounds 39th Millat Tractors Governors Cup Golf Championship, being contested here at the Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course turned out to be a remarkable one in terms of excellent golf play and sparkling application of golfing skills.

Quite a few single digit handicappers revealed their capabilities by hitting powerful tee shots on all the par four and par fives and further supplementing this strength with marvelous approach shots from the fairways to the greens, thereby making putting undemanding and trouble free. 

Out of the 20 front runners, the incredible one was Usman Akram Sahi of Defence Raya Golf Club who played to a handicap of five and became visible as a strong contender through a caliber loaded golfing skills application. With birdies on holes 6, 8, 15, 16 and 17, twelve regulation pars and just two bogies, he had a gross score of 69 and a net score of 64, eight under par and this undeniably was a dream score for him. 

Though Usman is placed honorably on top of the leaderboard, his adversaries are suitably positioned with masterly scores against their names. Farid Maneka, 12 handicapper of Lahore Gymkhana is just one stroke behind at a score of net 65. He also went through the first round with admirable display of his capabilities and in the second round seeks to edge past the star of the first round.

Three young ones are bunched together at a score of net 67 and they are Hussain Atta, Behram Khan and Abdullah Farooqi (all from Gymkhana). Their performance in the first round is noteworthy and all the three look determined to establish themselves as golfers of merit. No doubt the first rounds performance can be graded as excellent and their first day’s score of net 67, five under par reflects ability and temperament. 

Besides these five top contenders for the Governors Cup title, Ahmed Ibrahim (Royal Palm), NowsherwanAlam (Lahore Garrison) and Mohsen Zafar (Gymkhana) are bracketed at a net score of 69, three under par and lie five strokes behind Usman. Dawar Lashari, Ghulam Qadir, Hamza Kardar, Saad Habib Wasey Ali and Salman Jehangir are together at a score of net 70.  The ladies will compete over 36 holes and enter the race for honors from Saturday in this 39th Millat Tractors Governors Cup Golf Championship being played at Lahore Gymkhana Golf Course.