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Prima Sunrise Junior Open Golf C’ships from 13-15

The sponsorship cheque was handed over by Mr. Tan Beng Chuan, Group General Manager, Prima Group- Sri Lanka, Mr. Shun Tien Shing – General Manager Ceylon Agro Industries (Prima Group Sri Lanka) and Sajith Gunaratne – Deputy General Manager of Ceylon Agro Industries (Prima Group Sri Lanka), the promotors of Prima Sunrise Bread. Priath Fernando – President and. Niloo Jayatilake – Council Member and Chairperson of the Junior Golf Development Subcommittee represented the Sri Lanka Golf Union, while Vice-Captain
The sponsorship cheque was handed over by Mr. Tan Beng Chuan, Group General Manager, Prima Group- Sri Lanka, Mr. Shun Tien Shing – General Manager Ceylon Agro Industries (Prima Group Sri Lanka) and Sajith Gunaratne – Deputy General Manager of Ceylon Agro Industries (Prima Group Sri Lanka), the promotors of Prima Sunrise Bread. Priath Fernando – President and. Niloo Jayatilake – Council Member and Chairperson of the Junior Golf Development Subcommittee represented the Sri Lanka Golf Union, while Vice-Captain - Mr. AvanckaHerath represented the host, the Royal Colombo Golf Club.

The 10th edition of the Ceylon Agro Industries (Prima Group, Sri Lanka) sponsored most prestigious event in the junior golf calendar, the Sri Lanka Junior Open will be played from the December 13 to 15 at the royal Colombo Golf Course. The sponsorship by Prima Sunrise Breadmarks marks a milestone of the company completing a decade of promoting junior golf at national level in partnership with the national body for golf the Sri Lanka Golf Union. The Sri Lanka Junior Open Golf Championship is the litmus test for juniors who are also required to make it through two Regional Junior Opens, also sponsored by Prima Sunrise Bread, and is the benchmark for the national rankings for the juniors.

The committed sponsorship of junior golf by Prima Sunrise Bread has been invaluable to the Sri Lanka Golf Union in promoting the sport and this year increase in participation is expected, especially from the Kandy and Nuwara Eliya regions.

The popularity of the sport is seen to be growing throughout the island, mainly due to the focused outreach programs carried out by the SLGU to propagate the sport at the grassroots. This initiative was developed by the SLGU as a means of identifying the nation’s young golf talent in order to nurture and develop them for future national and international representation.

It is expected that over 80 juniors will participate in the forthcoming event, and be conducted according to the following age group categories 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 of three days of stroke play over 18 holes will be declared the ‘Sri Lanka Junior National Golf Champion’ for the year 2017. The under 9 years group introduced to the championship for the first time with the view of attracting these juveniles get involved with the sport from their tender age will give them the opportunity to come to the Golf arena which will be of great help for them show case their talents at this meet.

This will also give them to play at the best course in the country for the first time which can be considered as a chance to come up with their best said Council member and Chairperson of the Junior Golf Development Sub-Committee of the Junior Golf Niloo Jatatilleke.

Last year’s winner among the boys, Vinod Weerasinghe remains the firm favorite to successfully defend his title. Vinod will be high in confidence, going into the event with the strength of experience gained by his exposure in recent international events in Thailand and India.

However, he is likely to face stiff competition from Nuwara Eliya’s local lad, Dhuwarshan, as well as from Sathsara Dilshan and Armand Flamer Caldera from Colombo. All three young men are currently in peak form.

Leaders in the girls’ category are Taniya Balasuriya and Kayla Perera and will battle it out as the top contenders for the title. In the most junior categories players to watch are, NirekhTejwani, Yannik Kumara, K. Danushan, Shanal Binuksha, Reshan Algama, Sherin Balasuriya and Haroon Aslam all of them will get an opportunity to display their temperament and maturity. This year’s tournament will also mark the very first time in which participants in the youngest category (under 9 years) will be required to compete in stroke play over all three days of the event.

Prima Sunrise Bread, the main sponsor of this tournament, will once again provide nutrition and sustenance for the players during the event. 

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