Thursday, 4 September 2014 00:00
Prashan rises to the occasion once again
By Shamseer Jaleel
Prashan Peiris won the Gold Division Championship with an aggregate of 146 over two rounds in the Prima Sunrise National Junior Regional Golf Tournament worked off at the Eaglesâ€™ Heritage Golf Course in Anuradhapura recently.
Over thirty juniors competed for honours over two days played at the new course under challenging wind conditions with intermittent storm conditions. However current National Junior Match play Champion Prashan Peiris showed that his rise to the top was no surprise and displayed his skills in Stroke Play over the two days coming out a worthy winner 10 strokes ahead of 1st runner-up Lamindu Rainika who scored 156 and 15 strokes ahead of 2nd runner up G. Dhanaranjanan 161. The Silver Division was won by Armand Flamer Caldera while T. Vikash took the Bronze Division title.
Ian Pieris played consistent golf to secure the Silver Division with scores of 85, 82 closely followed by Sathsara Dilshan with scores of 85, 84. Indusara Senadeera 85, 88 and Vinod Weerasinghe 84, 89 both on same total score were placed 3rd and 4th runner up in the tournament. Much potential was shown by Kayla Perera who competed with the boys although she did win any prizes. In the most junior category T. Vikash the youngest player at the age of ten displayed promise along with up and coming golfer Levon Niyarepola and K. Danushan who were runner up and 2nd runner up respectively in the Bronze Division.
The championship was conducted by the Sri Lanka Golf Union with the support of Principal Sponsors Prima Sunrise Bread together with Pro Golf Ltd along and Eaglesâ€™ Heritage Golf Club. The Sri Lanka Golf Union in order to achieve its mission of producing world class golfers has taken bold steps in introducing National Regional Open Championships to identify the young talent island wide and create a pipeline of potential golfers, who donâ€™t necessarily come from privileged backgrounds, to take after and possible exceed the performances of former Asian Silver Medallists Nandesena Perera and Anura Rohana.
Secretary of the Sri Lanka Golf Union Ana Punchihewa speaking to Daily FT said, â€śItâ€™s only by promoting such Regional Championships we can spot, foster talent island wide. We are grateful for the support of Prima and other sponsors as well as the Sri Lanka Air Force for their facilities to conduct a successful golf championship.â€ť
Gold Division (15 â€“17 yrs)
Prashan PeirisÂ Â Â 146
Lamindu RainikaÂ Â Â 156
G. DanaranjanÂ Â Â 161
Januka DilshanÂ Â Â 162
Silver Division (11 â€“ 14 yrs)
Armand Flamer Caldera 167
Sathsara DilshanÂ Â Â 169
Indusara Senadeera 173
Vinod WeerasingheÂ Â Â 173
Bronze Division (10 and under)
T. VikashÂ Â Â Â Â Â 96
Levon NiyarepolaÂ Â Â 103
K. DanushanÂ Â Â 104