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Ryle, Zaffar and Vinod provide the sparks at Junior Golf

GOLF: Ryle de Silva (Gold Division), Zaffar Sikkander (silver Division)and Vinod Weerasinghe (Bronze Division) stole the limelight by winning their respective divisions at the annual Sri Lanka Open Junior Golf Championship 2011 organised by the Sri Lanka Golf Union (SLGU) and worked off at the Royal Colombo Golf Course during last week. This golf championship was sponsored by Prima Bread.

The Secretary of the Sri Lanka Golf Union Ana Punchihewa said it was encouraging to see so many young golfers especially from Kandy and Nuwara Eliya participate along with the golfers from Colombo and this augurs well for the game.

Ryle de Silva, all the way from America took away the 'plum' the Gold Division for the golfers between the age of 15 to 18 in the 18-hole championship. He scored 74 in the first round with the runner-up Sachin de Silva one shot behind with 75 in the first round. But Ryle de Silva took control of the championship in the second, getting a fine 69 two under par against 78 by Sachin de Silva and this seven point lead proved to be decisive and hard to bridge in a closely contested game.

Ryle de Silva farther extended his lead by getting 76 in the third round against 80 by Sachin de Silva, thus romping home easy winner by a clear 14 strokes. Chanaka Perera finished third getting a total of 241 with 77 in the third as his best.

The Silver Division Championship for golfers between the ages of 11-14 was won by Zaffar Sikkander of Royal Colombo Golf Club with a three round total of 256 against the runner-up Prashan Peiris' total of 256 - just two strokes behind in a close contest.

It was Prashan Peiris who got into in the lead in the first by getting 80 against 83 by Zaffar Sikkander who fared slightly better in the second being one stroke ahead.

Sikkander got 83 against 84 by Prashan Peiris. Zaffar Sikander forged ahead in third round by scoring 90 against 94 by Prashan Peiris. This was also a 18 hole competition.

The nine-hole competition for Bronze for golfers of the age 10 and under was swapped up by Vinod Weerasinghe who made 90 in the two round competition. The runner up Arvind Hidramani got 99 and the second runner- up Yohan Rukmal got 105.

The scores of the first six positions in the Tree Divisions are as follows:

Bronze Division: 10 years and under - 9 holes

1. Vinod Weerasinghe 43 and 47 - total 90

2. Arvind Hidramani 99

3. Yohan Rukmal 105

4. Ishara Umayanga 106

5. Vinuk Welikala 136

6. Levon Niyarepola 137

Silver Division 11 to 14 years - 16 holes

1. Zaffar Sikkander 83, 83 and 90 - total 256

2. Prashan Peiris 80, 84 and 94 - total 258

3. J. Shiro Fernando 91, 85 and 87 - total 263

4. Charya Kannangara 97, 98 and 99 - total 294

5. Rajindra Uswatte 97, 104 and 98 - total 299

6. Praveeray 101, 97 and 106 - total 304

Gold Division 15 to 18 years - 18 holes

1. Ryle de Silva 74, 69, 76 - total 219

2. Sachin de Silva 75, 78 and 80 - total 233

3. M.U. Chanaka Perera 83, 84, 77 - total 241

4. S. Sasinathan (VGCR) 87, 91 and 93 - total 271

5. Amitha Hashan 88, 90 and 99 - total 77

6. Gimantha Perera 89, 93 and 97 - total 279.

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