Sri Lanka Junior Open Golf Championship Over 80 juniors to participate in event

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By 2017-12-07

The most prestigious event in the junior golf calendar, the Sri Lanka Junior Open will take place at the Royal Colombo Golf Club from 13 to 15 December 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), a media release states.

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 Sri Lanka Junior Open Golf Championship is the litmus test for juniors who are also required to make it through two Regional Junior Opens and is the benchmark for the national rankings of the juniors.

The popularity of the sport is seen to be growing throughout the island, mainly due to the focused outreach programmes carried out by the Sri Lanka Golf Union (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. Last year's winner among the boys, Vinod Weerasinghe, remains the firm favourite 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 sparkling form.

Leaders in the girls' category, Taniya Balasuriya and Kayla Perera will battle it out at the top.

In the most junior categories players to watch are, Nirekh Tejwani, Yannik Kumara, K. Danushan, Shanal Binuksha, Reshan Algama, Sherine Balasuriya and Haroon Aslam, all of who will have 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.

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