2019 Sri Lanka Junior Match-play golf commences | Daily News

2019 Sri Lanka Junior Match-play golf commences

Over 90 Juniors gathered at the Royal Colombo Golf Club from Nuwara-Eliya Golf Club, Victoria Golf Club Digana, Anuradhapura, Kilinochchi, Welisara Golf Range and Shangri-La Hambantota to participate in the Perera & Sons Bakers sponsored Sri Lanka Junior Match-Play Championship 2019. The P&S is sponsoring the event for the 6th consecutive year.

The Qualifying Round for the Match-Play stage Teed-Off with children competing in five different divisions.

The premier category, The Sri Lanka Junior Boys Gold Division Age Group 15-18+, competing to win the Rukmini Kodagoda Challenge Trophy, was led by Haroon Aslam, the highly improved youngster from Victoria Golf Club Digana, who secured the #1 Seeding for the Gold Division Match-play stage.

The significant performance was of Jestin Robinson, representing Killinochchi Golf to have made the Match-play stage and meets the Top Seed Haroon Aslam in the 1st Round.

Taniya Minel Balasuriya expected to win the Gold & Silver combined division for Girls 2019, in the absence of Kayla Perera secured Top Seeding with 75 Gross. There were several girls from Anuradhapura, Hambantota, NEGC and VGCR too participating with credit in the premier Girls division.

Nirekh Tejwani appears to be head and shoulders above the rest of the field in the Silver Division, Age Category 12-14+, with Yannik Kumara a notable absentee in the field, currently playing in overseas tournaments. Nirekh’s Gross 72, the best score of the day secured Top Seeding.

In the Bronze Division, Age Category 10 – 11+ Boys & Girls combined all playing off the same Tee Markers, competing over 14 Holes saw Kaya Daluwatte securing #1 Seeding from Reshan Algama, Shanal Binuksha and Kvahn Tejwani seeded 2,3 and 4 respectively all tied on 64 Gross but separated on the count-back for Seeding purposes.

The Copper Division for Juniors in the age group 9 + & under also saw three players tied on 43 over 9 holes and on the count-back, C. Daraniyan Winner of the Category from Hambantota, gained the Top Seeding while Ayaan Gunasekera was Seeded #2 and Kaiyan Johnpillai Seeded # 3.

The Finals of each Division will be played at the RCGC on Thursday followed by the prize giving at 1.00 p.m. The development of the standard of Junior Golf is certainly accelerated thanks to tournaments of this magnitude and a great salute is in order to P&S Bakers for sponsoring this Match-Play format Championship.


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