|Saturday, 10 January 2004|
B'desh champ Lalith Kumara wins 'Golf Challenge' trophy
By Richard Dwight
Lalith Kumara, continuing in his winning vein having won the Bangladesh Amateur Golf Championship last November, won the Inaugural Golf Challenge Trophy at the RCGC yesterday by defeating the consistent Jeya Kumar 5 and 3.
The clash between the two leading national golfers, Lalith Kumara, and Jeya Kumar turned out to be a fitting final to the 4-day golf tournament - with Lalith Kumara not having things easy with the hard to beat Jeyakumar, who proved to be a dominant force in the competition, having earlier beaten Nandasena Perera in the semi-final.
Both golfers matched each other equally well from the first tee-off in the morning session, to be all square after the 18th hole.
In the afternoon session Sri Lanka captain Lalith Kumara outplayed Jeya Kumar even though Jeya Kumar started the round with a birdie, to go one up. Thereafter Lalith Kumara broke loose with some brilliant golf to take a commanding dormie 6 up lead on the 12th.
Jeyakumar fought back to win the 13th and 14th to make it 4 down on the 15th. Lalith Kumara sealed the match when he won the 15th and the 36th hole final 5 and 3.
In the plate there was a ding dong battle for all 36 holes and were all square - young national player Indika drove water on the sudden death 37th hole and conceded the match to the senior Tissa Chandradasa who failed to qualify for golf challenge trophy.
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