David Evans captures Squadron Cup
The annual Southwest Monsoon Tournament at the Ridgeways of the Royal Colombo was exceptionally successful with excellent weather prevailing despite promise of windy showers.
5- handicapper David Evans was outstanding. He was quite badly behaved in the first round with an untidy nett 78. He then picked up the threads to collect rewarding scores of 73, 66 & 69 to make up an excellent winning total of 286, and capture the handsome Squadron Cup. He received a standing ovation at the awards ceremony and he smiled all the way home. S. Kumaratunga came behind Evans with nett 288 averaging 72 per round which was quite praiseworthy.
‘Hi’ Tudawe as reported earlier, had a smashing round of nett 64. Delighted with success, his Rosmead Place residence was an open house for friends and well wishers soon after sunset when he wore the Calcutta medal with considerable pride throughout the pleasurable evening.
Well preserved Shiran de Soysa had 2 good nett rounds of 72 & 70 to beat Stewart Ritchie on the same score but with a better back nine. A glutton for merriment and celebrating, de Soysa was on the tiles all evening and then moved over the moon intoxicated with success. He filled the Victoria Cup.
Aggregate Gold Medal
The plum classic event was quite open with Russi Captain and Mithun Perera out of the scene. 2-handicapper Stewart Ritchie was in absolute form through the first 3 rounds of 73, 72 & 73 and then he got badly messed up with an ugly 80. His gross score through 4 rounds was 296 averaging 74 per round. His pretty wife Heather’s face was creased with a smile of glee basking in the glory of Stewart’s excellent gold award. Sheron Fernando was completely off the game and was obviously unhappy with his collection of 307 to come 2nd.
Elegant lefthander Michael Sproule came back to the game with 4 splendid rounds to collect 288 and average 72 per round.
Saakya Ukwatte still quite tender or ‘lupperty’ is striking the ball superbly. In the Squadron Cup he tied with S. Kumaratunga & Michael Sproule on 288 to average 72 and give much pleasure to his Dad, Sanath.