Golfers play for 111-year old trophy | Sunday Observer

Golfers play for 111-year old trophy

16 July, 2022

One of the most unique events in Sri Lanka’s golfing calendar the Shakspeare Golf Tournament will tee off at the Royal Colombo Golf Club (RCGC) course on Sunday.

The tournament is conducted by the RCGC that has a rich history of 143 years and is sponsored by Carson Cumberbath Group that is 109 years old. Both entities embrace rich history, tradition and legacy.

Played for the 111th year this is Sri Lanka’s pioneering corporate golf tournament open to two member teams that can come from companies, diplomatic institutions, government agencies, the police and the armed forces. The winners will be the team that can obtain the most points through the Stableford system.

This is one of the oldest competitions on record at the RCGC.

The tournament is named after a former Chairman of Carson Cumberbatch PLC, W Shakspeare who was elected to the RCGC Committee in 1908. He initiated the Foursomes Competition in 1911, which to date, has remained an annual fixture etched in the RCGC calendar.

Carson Cumberbatch has since then exclusively sponsored this tournament.

Despite the challenges faced last year due to the pandemic, the tournament saw 23 teams vying for the prestigious Shakspeare Shield, which was won by Eric Ou and Yue Yeqing of Port City, narrowly edging out Kushal and Kamlesh Johnpillai of KAYJAY Group and Liu Qiyuan and Zhao Liang of Hunan Construction Company emerging as second runners-up.