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Vinod Weerasinghe & Taniya Minel Balasuriya Sri Lanka Junior Boys’ & Girls’ Champions 2017 sponsored by Prima Sunrise Bread

December, 15, 2017

~ Duwarshan wins Boys’ Silver Division, Shanal Binushka Bronze Division winner and Kaya Daluwatte victorious in Copper Division 

The Sri Lanka Junior Boys & Girls Golf Championship 2017, sponsored by PRIMA SUNRISE BREAD for the past 10 consecutive years, produced 2 champions in the Boys’ & Girls’ categories representing the Gold Division for the Boys and the combined Gold & Silver Division for the Girls.

Vinod Weerasinghe’s six over par 77 was enough to secure the title in the Boys Gold Division, by nine strokes from Armand Flamer Caldera. In a field of 13 Gold Division juniors, Darren Hall finished 3rd a further 14 strokes behind the runner-up.

The Girls Category combining the Gold & Silver Division saw a keen tussle to the very end between Taniya Minel Balasuriya & Kayla Perera. Locked together as joint leaders, both Taniya & Kayla were off to a great start in the final round birdieing the 1st hole! Kayla dropped a shot at the 2nd to give Taniya the lead, which Taniya maintained extending the lead to 2 strokes at the 9th hole. Taniya’s birdie on the 10th to Kayla’s double bogey established a 5-stroke lead. Kayla showed tremendous resolve to fight back with a birdie on the 11th and par on the 12th to pull back 2 strokes. Taniya fired back with birdies on the 13th & 14th to lead by five strokes again. Kayla pulled back a stroke on the 15th when Taniya made a bogey and then finished with much grit making pars on 16th, 17th & birdieing the 18th hole, whilst Taniya made a double bogey on the 17th and just about held on to Win by 2 strokes, the Girls Junior Championship combined for the Gold & Silver Division. Kayla Perera’s performance is all the more creditable, being one year younger to Taniya Minel, producing a 3-round total of 220, 4 over par for 54 holes. The two teenage girls Taniya & Kayla have proved their potential to Sri Lanka.

  1. Duwarshan of Nuwara Eliya Golf Club, another promising 14-year-old won the Boys Silver Division comfortably by 15 strokes from Levon Niyarepola who improved in each round to return a 9 over par 80 in the final round.

 

Shanal Binushka won the Bronze Division by a wide margin of 22 strokes having led all the way in the 3 rounds, 42-hole tournament for the age group category 10 – 11+.

Kaya Daluwatte captured the Copper Division Trophy extending her overnight lead to 4 strokes from stylish left-hand golfer Reshan Algama.

The PRIMA SUNRISE BREAD Sri Lanka Junior Boys & Girls Golf Championship 2017 being the finale of the Junior Golf calendar, was a fitting tribute to the progress made by all the juniors through the year. The scores reflect much progress and the sponsors PRIMA SUNRISE and the Sri Lanka Golf Union Junior Sub-Committee Chairperson Ms. Niloo Jayathilaka should be given a thunderous applause and credit, for the promotion of junior golf in Sri Lanka, which is the cradle to foster and develop golf to the next level.

The interesting final days play was followed by a solemn prize giving and distribution of awards by Mr. Sunil Leeniyagoda, Director/ Group Treasurer of the Prima Group Sri Lanka, the Chief Guest, representing PRIMA SUNRISE, Mr. Priath Fernando, President of the Sri Lanka Golf Union, Council Member Mr. Ranil Peiris, and Junior Sub Committee member Mr. Chandana Weerasinghe. Rules Committee members Mr. Johnny De Saram, Mr. Nishan Navaratne and Mr. Dian Abeywardena too gave away awards. Ms. Niloo Jayathilaka, Chairperson and the live wire of the Junior Golf Development Sub Committee was the Master of Ceremonies and surely gets the ‘Bouquet’ for a wonderfully conducted Sri Lanka Junior Golf Championship 2017.

 

Sri Lanka Junior Boys & Girls Golf Championship 2017 – Sponsored By Prima Sunrise Final Results

 

Sri Lanka Junior Golf Championship - Girls Winner

1 Taniya Minel Balasuriya 71 73 144 74 218

Sri Lanka Junior Golf Championship - Boys Winner

 1 Vinod Weerasinghe 73 68 141 77 218

 

Gold Division (Age 15 – 17+) – Boys

1 Vinod Weerasinghe 73 68 141 77 218
2 Armand Flamer Caldera 79 72 151 76 227
3 Darren Hall 76 81 157 84 241
4 S. D.S. Dilshan 94 76 170 76 246

Gold & Silver Division (Age 15 – 17+ & 12-14+) - Girls

1 Taniya Minel Balasuriya 71 73 144 74 218
2 Kayla Perera 71 73 144 76 220
3 Sherin Mithara Balasuriya 91 98 189 96 285
4 Iman Sangani 91 93 184 101 285

             Silver Division (Age 12 – 14+) 4

1 S. Dhuwarshan - NEGC 82 76 158 76 234
2 Levon Niyarepola 86 83 169 80 249
3 Haroon Aslam - VGC 89 79 168 81 249
4 T. Vikash 83 78 161 95 256

Bronze Division (Age 10 - 11+) 4

1 N.W.G. Shanak Binuksha 64 70 134 67 201
2 Musa Shariff - VGC 75 73 148 75 223
3 M. Lidhurshan - NEGC 70 79 149 78 227
4 M. S. Sanjey - NEGC 79 79 158 74 232

Copper Division (Age 09 & under)

1 Kaya Daluwatte 42 44 86 44 130
2 Reshan Algama 45 44 89 45 134
3 Kvahn Tejwani 43 48 91 45 136
4 C. Dharaniyan - NEGC 45 51 96 50 146
5 Jacob Norton 48 50 98 52 150

 Photo caption: (Above) The Sri Lanka Junior Boys & Girls Golf Championship 2017, sponsored by PRIMA SUNRISE BREAD

[caption id="attachment_41910" align="alignnone" width="750"] Kayla Perera[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_41911" align="alignnone" width="750"] N.W.G. Shanak Binuksha[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_41912" align="alignnone" width="750"] S. Dhuwarshan[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_41913" align="alignnone" width="750"] Vinod Weerasinghe[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_41914" align="alignnone" width="750"] Taniya Minel Balasuriya[/caption]