HSBC International Junior Golf C’ship’ on 10th August
By Hiru Kumara
CT Sports: Sri Lanka's Junior team is all set to compete against India, Pakistan and Bangladesh at the HSBC International Junior Golf Championship to be held at the Royal Colombo Golf Club (RCGC) course on 10th August.
This was revealed by the Golf Union along with HSBC officials at the press conference held at RCGC on Wednesday.
Each country will be represented by a team of six players consisting of two female and four male golfers under the age of 18. Sri Lanka team will be chosen after trials are held next week. The event was initiated by the Sri Lankan Golf Union (SLGU) as they aim to improve the standard of junior golf in Sri Lanka.
By indentifying the existing talent and nurturing the young players for national representation they try to close the gap between the current players at international level and future players.
HSBC, the major promoter of golf worldwide is the main sponsor of this tournament. Additionally the bank will open up new opportunities for young talent by setting up a grassroots golf programme in Sri Lanka called 'HSBC Future Lions'.
As patrons of the world's oldest major, the Open Championship, they were proud to launch such a programme in the United Kingdom in 2015.
They offered free golf hours for over 300 clubs in the whole of the UK. That was such a great success that they extended their offer to clubs in China, Singapore, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates in 2016. Now they are ready to launch the programme in Sri Lanka on 1st – 5th August 2017.
It will take place on various locations all over the country and is open to kids aged between 8 – 13 years. All current junior golfers are able to compete in the HSBC Junior Golf Championship held one day before the international tournament, on 9th August.
"Last year we sent juniors to compete in India for the first time and this gave us the idea to create an international Junior Tourney for National Junior team from Sri Lanka. We are happy HSBC came forward to support this championship and this will help our junior golfers to get more international exposure," said Priath Fernando President of Sri Lanka Golf Union.
Thushara Gunasekara – Head of Marketing and Communication HSBC also shared his views at the press briefing and said golf is supported globally by HSBC and as a long standing supporter of the game, their ambition is to open up the game of golf in Sri Lanka.
"We hope to open up new opportunities for young golfing talent with our HSBC future lion grassroots golf programme in Sri Lanka," said Gunasekara.
The HSBC Junior International Golf Championship is supported by several prestigious partners such as Cinnamon Life, MAS Kreeda, IMORICH from Elephant House, OLU Tropical Water and Callaway Golf. All of the committed partners hope to make this inaugural event a great success and expect to develop the game in Sri Lanka.
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