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2018 Sri Lanka Junior Golf championship :

Vinod and Taniya clinch top titles

Top division champions Vinod Weerasinghe (3rd from left) and Taniya Balasooriya (4th from left) along with other division winners, SLGU officials and representatives from sponsors. Picture by Herbert Perera
Top division champions Vinod Weerasinghe (3rd from left) and Taniya Balasooriya (4th from left) along with other division winners, SLGU officials and representatives from sponsors. Picture by Herbert Perera

Vinod Weerasinghe cruised to a 6 & 5 victory over Sathsara Dilshan to win the Rukmini Kodagoda Challenge Trophy and the title of Sri Lanka Junior Boys champion 2018. Vinod, winner in 2016 and runner-up in 2017, clinched the Junior champion title for the second time, playing excellent golf in the final.

The Sri Lanka Junior Match-Play Golf Championship, sponsored by P&S Bakers for the fifth consecutive year, displayed beyond reasonable doubt the improvement and development of junior golf in Sri Lanka.

Chairperson of the junior Sub- Committee, Niloo Jayathilake said: “Today, we witnessed some amazing golf by juniors with the girls’ final taking center stage. The first hole saw Kayla sink an amazing 20 foot putt for a birdie with Taniya Minel responding with an eagle to win the first hole. The final produced 3 eagles with Kayla making an eagle on the 7th whilst Taniya added the 11th hole eagle to her 1st hole spectacle and a flurry of eight birdies between them.”

SLGU Council member Niloo also added that even the members and amateurs at the RCGC rarely produced this high standard of golf in a final as displayed by Kayla and Taniya.

Nirekh Tajwani continued his consistent performance to win the Silver Division defeating K. Danushan with consummate ease 5 & 4.

Ten-year-old Shanal Binuksha, a talented junior following in his father’s and grand father’s footsteps cruised to a 7 & 6 victory over M.S. Sanjay of Nuwara Eliya Golf Club to win the Bronze Division. Kaya Daluwatte won the Copper Division (9+ & under) for the second consecutive year defeating Thejas Rathis Kanth comfortably 3 & 2.

The Rukmini Kodagoda Challenge Trophy was given away by Gihan Perera (CEO - P&S) on behalf of the sponsors Perera & Sons Bakers. “We are proud to sponsor the Junior Golf Match-play Championship in memory of the late Rukmini Kodagoda, a Family Director of P&S,” said Gihan Perera.

Rukmini Kodagoda was a star golfer, tennis national champion and above all an exemplary sportswoman who was committed to developing golf from the junior level. The progress and growth of the junior golf is a tribute to the commitment of the Sri Lanka Golf Union president’s vision of laying the foundation at junior level and the untiring efforts of the Junior Sub-Committee of the SLGU focused on promoting golf among children, students and juniors.


 

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