Rukmini Kodagoda Junior Match Play Golf: Akash meets Vinod in Gold div. final today

S. Dhuwarshan (NEGC)  beats Haroon  Aslam in Silver  Div. semis
S. Dhuwarshan (NEGC) beats Haroon Aslam in Silver Div. semis

In the Gold division the finalist made the cut to battle it out for the coveted Rukmini Kodgoda trophy and the Sri Lanka Junior Match Play Champion title.

In this division age group boys 18 yrs and below, Vinod Weerasinghe overcame stiff competition from Armand Flamer Caldera to win the game 3/1. Both golfers showed much promise and being long off the tees they battled it out with good play and ultimately Vinod won on the putts.

In the final, past champion Weerasinghe is looking to go for his second win back to back.

T. Akash had a narrow 1 up win over Vihan de Alwis, after Vihan being 3-up on the turn but careless play cost him the match. In the final top seed T. Akash will take on last year’s winner Weerasinghe.

In the girls open Taniya Minel beat Binaara Dias 9/7 and Anelka Desinghe beat Kiyara Dunuwilla 4/3. Taniya Minel goes out as hot favourite to win the coveted title.

In the silver division age group under 15 yrs, top seed Dilshan Malinda beat S. D. M. Hirushan 4/2 and S. Dhuwarshan (NEGC) beat Haroon Aslam 7/5.

Emerging talent was evident in the Bronze division age group 12yrs and below with Yannik Kumara playing regulation golf to secure the win over Shanal Binuksha 2/1. Though defeated we are likely to see talent blossoming from Shanal in the future, youngest in this age group. In the second semifinal Nirekh Tejwani trounced K. Danushan 6/5.

The most junior category 9 years and under (Copper Division) saw Kaya Daluwatta play consistent golf to beat Kvahn Tejwani 3/2 and long hitting Reshan Algama beat C. Dharaniyan 3/2. The match was played over 9 holes. More competition in the final between two evenly matched players Kaya and Reshan is expected. The final day of play will see the prize distribution hosted by the sponsor Perera and Sons Bakers Ltd. The tournament is organized by the Sri Lanka Golf Union.

The plate winners are as follows:

Gold division (under 19 years) – S. Sanju 87

Silver division (under 15 years) – not awarded

Bronze division (under 12 years) – M. H. Hiruna Sathsara 92 B/B

Copper division (9 years & under) – Akira Yatawara 57


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