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Taniya defends girls’ crown, Nirekh boys’ champion

Sri Lanka Junior Golf Champions Taniya Minel Balasuriya and Nirekh Tejwani with their trophies. Picture by Herbert Perera
Sri Lanka Junior Golf Champions Taniya Minel Balasuriya and Nirekh Tejwani with their trophies. Picture by Herbert Perera

Three days of competitive golf sponsored by Prima Sunrise Bread unearthed quite a few rising ‘future stars’ as the 12th consecutive Sri Lanka Junior Open Golf Championship concluded at the Royal Colombo Golf Club.

Over ninety junior golfers ranging from age group 9 & under to 18+, vied for honours in four age group divisions representing Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, Navy Junior Golf Academy Welisara, Victoria Golf Academy- Kandy, Anuradhapura Junior Golf Academy, Shangrilla Hambantota Junior Golf and RCGC Junior Golf.

High standard of golf was on show with Taniya Minel Balasuriya, member of the Sri Lanka women’s golf team that won the Team Gold Medal at the recently concluded SAF Games in Nepal, shooting a three under par 69 on day one followed up with an even par round but blew—up quite like in the Nepal final round to return a final round of 82, despite which she won the girls junior champion title by eight strokes from Kayla Perera.

Similarly, Nirekh Tejwani was 2 under par in the final round after 14 holes which made Nirekh only 2 over par for 50 holes of the 54-hole championship, but probably felt some unwanted pressure and dropped nine shots in the last four holes. Nonetheless, Nirekh Tejwani had enough of an early lead to be crowned boys Junior Open Golf Champion a further nine strokes clear of the runner-up Yannik Kumara.

K. Danushan captured the boys’ Silver Division for Age Group Category 12 – 14+ in a canter beating the runner-up Abinev Basker from Bangalore by 16 strokes and third placed Shanal Binushka a further three strokes behind.

Danushan also Teeing-Off the Black Markers (same as Gold Division) performed incredibly with a 3 Round aggregate of 229, 4 strokes to the good of the runner-up in the older Gold Division Age Group. Danushan’s consistency and an aggregate of 16 over for 3 rounds off the Black Tee-Markers speak volumes of his potential, practically playing to a formidable 5 Handicap.

The Bronze Division for Age Group Category 10 -11+ boys & girls competing off the same Tee Marker, saw the closest tussle in the Junior Open Championship, played over 14 holes per round, Reshan Algama held his nerve throughout the 3 Rounds but could not relax as Kaya Daluwatte played very courageously stalking Reshan all the way, However, Reshan did well to hold on to the lead from day one to the final hole in Round 3 and finally beat Kaya by a comfortable six strokes. However, Kaya earned the runner-up berth ahead of Khvan Tejwani nine strokes clear.

In the Copper division for Junior Boys & Girls Age group 9 & under, Thejas Rathis Kanth held the lead from start to finish to become the winner by seven strokes from Kaiyen Johnpillai who was a clear runner-up.

“Taniya Minel is the best example of junior golf laying the foundation to become great and the next target is to win medals at the Asian Games coming-up in China 2021,” said Niloo Jayatilake Chairperson of Junior Golf Sri Lanka.

Chief guest General Manager Prima Sunrise Bread Shung Tien Shing said that Prima Ceylon was proud to be associated with the progress and development of Junior Golf over the period of twelve years, watching the juniors grow and flourish as top potential Golfers.

All participants received gift-packs from Prima Sunrise Bread and certificates of participation given away by Shirani Buffin, Lady Captain of RCGC. ‘Well-wishers’ Shyama Perera, Usha De Silva and Pawan Tejwani gave away special awards to “Future Rising Stars”. H.P. Alokshana Weerasinghe from Anuradhapura Junior Academy, F.Imran of NEGC and Shanal Binushka of Colombo received the Special presentations.

Final Results:

Sri Lanka Junior Open Golf Championship (boys’)

Winner - Nirekh Tejwani 224 [72, 74, 78]

Sri Lanka Junior Open Golf Championship (girls’)

Winner - Taniya Minel Balasuriya 223 [69, 72, 82]

Gold & Silver Division (age 12-18+) - (girls’)

Winner - Taniya Minel Balasuriya 223 [69, 72, 82], Runner-up - Kayla Perera 231 [78, 76, 77], 3rd - Sherin Balasuriya 239 [80, 78, 81]

Gold Division (age 15 - 18+) (boys’)

Winner - Nirekh Tejwani 224 [72, 74, 78], Runner-up - Yannik Kumara 233 [76, 81, 76], 3rd - Levon Niyarepola 235[82, 73, 80]

Silver Division (age 12-14+) (boys’)

Winner - K. Danushan 229 [77, 75, 77], Runner-up - Abinev Basker 245 [85, 81, 79], 3rd - Shanal Binushka 248 [80, 81, 87]

Bronze Division (age 10-11+) (boys’ & girls’)

Winner - Reshan Algama 178 [60, 59, 59], Runner-up - Kaya Daluwatte 184 [64, 57, 63], 3rd - Kvahn Tejwani 193 [67, 62, 64]

Copper Division (age 9 & under) (boys’ & girls’)

Winner - Thejas Rathis Kanth 133 [46, 43, 44], Runner-up - Kaiyen Johnpillai 140 [47, 47, 46], 3rd - H. Shenal Nimsith 177 [65, 55, 57]

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