Prima Sunrise Bread sponsors Sri Lanka Junior Open Golf

Saturday, 8 December 2018
Prima Sunrise Bread sponsors Sri Lanka Junior Open Golf for 11 th Consecutive Year

This  year  too  and  for the  11th    consecutive  year,  Prima  Ceylon  continues  its sponsorship  of  the  most  prestigious  event  in  the  junior  golf  calendar,  the  Sri Lanka Junior Open. With more than a decade of magnanimous sponsorship   this generous    support   by    Prima    Ceylon    is    ample    testimony   to    its    continued commitment  to  promoting  junior  golf  in  the  country  in  partnership  with  the national body for golf in the country the Sri Lanka Golf Union.

The Sri Lanka Junior Open Golf Championship scheduled to be played between the 2nd  – 4th  January at the RCGC remains the acid test for juniors who are also required  to  make  it  through  gruelling  Regional  Junior  Opens  also  sponsored  by Prima  Ceylon  as  well  as  a  number  of  club  level  tournaments  throughout  the year.   The Sri Lanka Junior Open is thus the established benchmark for national rankings of junior golf. The winner of the Sri Lanka Junior Open will be crowned the National Junior Champion in both boys and girls’ categories.

The  committed  sponsorship  of  junior  golf  by  Prima  has  been  invaluable  to  the Sri Lanka Golf Union in promoting the sport island wide and this year increased participation is expected especially from the Kandy, Anuradhapura and Nuwara Eliya regions. The popularity of the sport is seen to be growing mainly due to the focused outreach programs carried out by Sri Lanka Golf to propagate the sport at the grassroots. This initiative was the brainchild of the Junior Sub Committee of Sri Lanka Golf as a means to identify the nations young golf talent with a view to    nurturing    and    developing    them    for    future    national    and    international representation.

This  event  will  once  again  be  conducted  according  to  four  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).  The  overall  winner over   the   18hole   events   will   be   declared   the   Sri   Lanka   Junior   National   Golf Champion (Boys/Girls) for the year 2018.

Reigning  Junior  Champion  Vinod  Weerasinghe  who  is  currently  in  the  USA  is expected to return to the island in time to defend his title. Vinod, the top ranked junior  has  already  won  this  prestigious  event  twice  before  and  with  the  ongoing professional coaching he is receiving overseas is very heavily tipped to carry the title  this  year  as  well.  However, a  quartet  of  young  golfing  talent  namely  the juniors  S.  Dhuwarshan,  Aroon  Aslam,  Nirekh  Tejwani  and  Yannik  Kumara  are expected  to  provide  stiff  competition  to  Vinod  this  year  provided  these  talented youngsters  steady  their  temperament  and  are  able  to  hold  their  nerve  under pressure.

In  the  girls  category  top  junior  golfers  Taniya  Balasuriya  and  Kayla  Perera  are once again expected to fight tooth and nail for the title. In this, the girls’ category, it is extremely heartening to see such naturally gifted players like Balasuriya and Perera emerge onto the local golfing landscape. Still in their mid -teens, the duo have  enormous  potential  to  go  the  full  distance  and  evoke  memories  of  past  Sri Lankan  greats  such  as  Thuhashini  Selvaratnam  and  Tiru  Fernando.  Provided they  stay  focused,  both  have  the  ability  to  perform  well  in  the  international circuits as well.

In the more junior categories K. Danushan, Shanal Binuksha, Levon Niyarepola, Reshan  Algama,  Sherin  Balasuriya,  Kavindha  Samarasekera  M.  Lidhurshan, M.S  Sanjey  and  C.  Dharaniyan  from  Nuwara  Eliya  have  been  identified  as  the emerging  talent  and  this  event  should  provide  them  a  golden  opportunity  to showcase their skills and it is hoped the youngsters play to their fullest potential.