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Shangri-La Hambantota to host Regional Junior Golf Championship

Sri Lanka Golf, in its initiative to popularize the sport in the country, is taking this year’s Regional Junior Golf Championship to Hambantota.

The tournament will be played over the course of two days, on March 8 and 9, at the Links Course.

The Prima Group will sponsor the event, while Shangri-La Hambantota will be the hospitality partner.

“There is now a successful junior golf academy set in place by the SLGU. National Golfer Pradeep Kumara, assigned to the academy by Sri Lanka Golf, provides youngsters advanced coaching; and the programme is supported by Shangri-La’s Hambantota Golf Resort & Spa. Kausalya, a 16-year-old girl studying at Delgahalanda MMV in Hambantota, is a proud product of this junior academy. Next week, she will be competing with the best of Sri Lankan junior golfers just two years after taking up the sport. This was just what the SLG set out to achieve,” said Niloo Jayatilake, Chairperson of the Junior Sub-committee of the SLG.

Shangri-La Hambantota’s 18-hole par 70 golf course is spread across a coconut plantation with stunning views of the Indian ocean, and is USGA (United States Golf Association) Course-Rated and Slope-Rated.

The tournament will be conducted in the following age group categories, as follows: 15-18 years (Gold Division), 12-14 years (Silver Division), 10 -11 years (Bronze Division), and 9 years and under (Copper Division).

In the boys Gold division, stiff competition is expected between Nirekh Thejwani, Yannik Kumara, S. Dhuwarshan, and Levon Niyarepola; whilst in the girls' division, once again, a keen tussle is expected between the rising stars Taniya Balasuriya and Kayla Perera.

In the divisional junior categories, Reshan Algama Thejas Rathis Kanth, C Dharaniyan from Nuwara Eliya and K Danushan, Kaya Daluwatte, and Shanal Binushka from Colombo will be strong contenders for the top spots. The prize-giving is scheduled for March 9 at 3.00 PM.

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