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The first round of Bank Al Habib’s 12th Rashid D Habib Memorial National Professional Golf Tournament 2023 was played at Karachi Golf Club (KGC) on Thursday, January 19. Last year’s defending champion Waheed Baloch, Pakistan’s national golfer Shabbir Iqbal , Mohammad Zubair, Zahir Shah, Mohammad Shehzad and Asad Khan jointly topped the first day with scores of 69, three under par. Khalid Khan, Ashiq Hussain and Mootal Ahmed were joint second on 70, two under par. Mohammad Shabbir Iqbal started the round brilliantly on the red course and played four under par. Shabbir scored one more goal for the blue side. Waheed Baloch started in the blue field and played one under. Waheed completed the red training with two surgeries. Zubair shot a par 36 in the red but finished three under par to complete the blue team. Youngster Asad Khan also had a good round of 32 on the red course, four under par but one on the blue. Wind and cold weather make it difficult for golfers during the early hours but the view is clear. The freshly cut grass and controlled rollers of Karachi Golf Club make the ball speed high. A hole-in-one prize of a Toyota Corolla and a Suzuki Alto awaits the winner on day one. The final round will take place on Sunday, January 22.