Rising Star Vinod victorious

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By 2017-07-18

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Vinod Weerasinghe, a rising star of Sri Lanka Golf, joined a select band of Pin Fernando Trophy winners at the Ridgeways course on Sunday.

Displaying solid match temperament, but above all playing good steady golf, Vinod playing off a 4 Handicap, had to give 10 strokes to Tyronne Weerakkody in the final, but Vinod withstood the early pressure of giving a stroke per hole in the first 5 holes.
Tyronne managed to win the 1st hole, lost the 4th even with a stroke and was all square after 5. Then Vinod got in to top gear with no strokes given for the next five holes quickly built up a 4 up lead after 10. Tyrone pulled back one by winning the 14th but Vinod halved the 15th to seal the match and lift the Pin Fernando Trophy 2017, 4 & 3.

The Pam Fernando Trophy final was more closely fought, with Niranjalee Amarasuriya taking an early 3 up lead after 5 holes but Shirani Buffin clawed her way back winning the 6th, 8th and 10th to be all square. Shirani won the 11th to lead 1 up for the first time in the match but immediately lost the 12th to square again.

Shirani won the15th & 16th to be dormie 2 up but lost the 17th to play the final hole 1 up. Shirani kept her cool and won the 18th to be victorious in a well-played final between high handicap lady golfers.

The Pam Fernando Trophy is in memory of the outstanding achievements of the Late Pam, who holds the World Guinness Book of Record to date as the oldest to win a National title.

The Main Trophies were presented by Sunil Udalagama representing the RCGC.

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