Sri Lanka’s premier connectivity provider, Dialog Axiata PLC continuing with its long-standing commitment to support Sri Lanka sports has come forth to power the Sri Lanka Golf Open 2023 which will tee-off on the 30th of May 2023 at the picturesque Royal Colombo Golf Club.
The Sri Lanka Open first played in 1972 is the feature Golf Championship introduced by Sri Lanka Golf as an Open event unearthing immense talent since its inception producing two Asian Games Silver Medallists’ in 1990 and 2002.
Currently, five Sri Lankans participate in the Professional Golf Tour of India (PGTI) and the current top-ranked Chouhan Om-Prakash along with past Sri Lanka Open winner Rashid Khan now playing in the Asian Tour, will add value to the strong field led by R A Anura Rohana, a seven-time Open Champion attempting to hold the record of highest number of wins on his own, which is presently shared with the Late K. Nandasena Perera a seven-time champion as well.
K.Prabagaran 3 time Champ and N. Thangarajah, another former champ will be challenged by Udayan Mane, a prominent Asian Tour top golfer, Jamal Hossain the leading Bangladesh professional in the PGTI, a top golfer from Pakistan and many others from India, Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, United Arab Emirates will decorate the Sri Lanka Open 2023. There are also single entries from Australia and a Sri Lankan born golfer residing in America.
Mithun Perera, a star performer ranked in the top 50 currently in the PGTI is yet to win the Sri Lanka Open and is sure to make a bold bid this year. Vijitha Bandara, B.G. Lalith Kumara, Tissa Chandradasa experienced professionals at the RCGC and among the top Sri Lankan amateurs such as past Amateur National Champion M U Chanaka Perera, Chalitha Pushpika and young rising star Reshan Algama enrich the already strong field.
“After a dearth of three years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, pro and novice golfers can pull out their irons and swing into action and join us at the beautiful RCGC course for a day of fun and competition at our annual tourney,” Michael Magala, President Sri Lanka Golf said. “I take this opportunity to thank our valued partner and title sponsor Dialog Axiata PLC for the support not only in helping us host a successful tournament but also make a positive impact on the sport which is a wonderful package for the whole golfing community.”
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“We are happy to be on board propelling the national golf open championship of the country,” Navin Pieris, Group Chief Officer, Dialog Enterprise said. “We are also excited to launch the special ‘Dialog invitational tournament’ bringing together keen golf enthusiasts for a friendly round of golf’.
The Sri Lanka Open 2023 will be preceded by a high-profile PRO-AM Tournament sponsored by, COURTYARD by Marriott Colombo, graced by European Tour Golfer, Shiv Kapoor, the Golf Ambassador of the Marriott Hotel chain worldwide. Shiv Kapoor will participate in the Pro-Am event and all other professionals participating in the Sri Lanka Open are also expected to play with the amateur member golfers of Royal Colombo Golf Club and other member Clubs in Sri Lanka.
The Dialog Sri Lanka Open Golf Championship 2023 will be an excellent platform for Sri Lanka Golf to generate greater interest in Golf in Sri Lanka as a golfing destination.
The Dialog Sri Lanka Open played over 4 rounds from 30th May to 02nd June 2023 has also attracted many other sponsors such as SriLankan Airlines, Courtyard by Marriott Colombo, Transcend Drive, OLU among other ‘goodwill’ sponsors organized by Sri Lanka Golf under the auspices of R&A.
Dialog Axiata is the proud sponsor of the Sri Lanka National Cricket, Volleyball, Netball and Esports teams. The Company also has a close association with the President’s Gold Cup Volleyball, National Junior and Senior Netball tourneys, Schools Rugby, Premier Football and Paralympic sports by powering the Army Para Games, National Para Games and the Sri Lankan contingent to the World Paralympic Games.