Eighty to stroke for supremacy at the Junior Open 2017
For the 10th consecutive year, Prima Group Sri Lanka has come forward to sponsor the most prestigious event in the junior golf calendar, The Sri Lanka Junior Open. The championship will take place from the 13th to the 15th December at the majestic course of the Royal Colombo Golf Club.
The Sri Lanka Junior Open Golf Championship is the litmus test for juniors who are also required to make it through two Regional Junior Opens and is the benchmark for the national rankings of the juniors. The committed sponsorship helps the SL Golf Union immensely in their outreach programs across the island which in turn has increased the number of participants in the junior tournaments.
Over 80 junior golfers are expected to participate in the forthcoming event and will be conducted in the following age group categories; 15-18 years (Gold Division),12-14 years (Silver Division), 10-11 years (Bronze Division) and 9 years and under (Copper Division). The overall winner of the three days of stroke play, over 18 holes, will be declared the Sri Lanka Junior National Golf Champion for the year.
Last year’s winner among the boys, Vinod Weerasinghe remains the firm favourite to successfully defend his title. Vinod will be high in confidence, going into the event with the strength of experience gained by his exposure in recent international events in Thailand and India. However, he is likely to face stiff competition from Nuwara Eliya’s local lad, Dhuwarshan as well as from Sathsara Dilshan and Armand Flamer Caldera from Colombo.
Leaders in the girl’s category, Tania Balasuriya and Kayla Perera will battle it out at the top. In the most junior categories players to watch are, Nirekh Tejwani, Yannik Kumara, K. Dhanushan, Shanal Binuksha, Reshan Algama, Sherin Balasuriya and Harrom Aslam, all of who will have an opportunity to display their temperament and maturity. This year’s tournament will also mark the very first time in which participants in the youngest category (Under 9) will be required to compete in stroke play over three days of the event.
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