Smart Zen outsmarts Stewart in tough contest
A hotly contested tournament for handsome Tigo Trophies took off superbly at the Ridgeways of the Royal Colombo in cool and comfortable weather.
A brilliant lively teenager Zen Dharmaratne has had a meteoric rise to be recognized as an outstanding player. Now on handicap 4 the stunner cracked a smart 7 under part nett 64 to win the Tigo classic outsmarting Stewart Ritchie by 2 strokes. "Young Zen has a helluva future" volunteered Ritchie. There was an ugly collection of confetti from Nimal Hettiaratchy's effort while L. Senadhira, Sarath Wickremanayake, S. Vairavanathan & Mangala Niyarepola piled misery on themselves with indifferent performances.
Jeong Goan U & S. Tatabe played handsome golf to end on 67 and 68 respectively. It’s comforting to see more Japanese and Koreans playing competitive golf. There is much talent among them and their participation is most welcome. Jeong Goan took the Tigo Trophy with a permanent broad smile.
J. Hou Wins
The Tigo 3rd Division Trophy went to J. Hou who had a stunning nett 6 under par 65. He celebrated incessantly soon after sunset for the additional good reason that his nett 65 was the lowest for the day. Ken de Alwis did well on nett 67 and still better he won the special Tigo users trophy.
Dr. S.A.K. Abeywardena played great to strike 2 under par nett 69 to be identified as the Tigo master. He certainly had good reasons to celebrate at the 19th. Jit Wanigasekera moved out of debris to strike a fine nett 70 to prove that the game is still unpredictable.
Here the performers were not so hot. Don Indran shot nett 73 to win beating Dhammika Ratnayake on nett 76.
The award ceremony was put together excellently and cocktail time was quite lively.
The D.M. Fernando I referred to last week was not Dhammika, the senior maestro of yester-year but the new young man named Dammindra who flies the open skies and when he hits soil he cracks the open fairway of the Ridgeways with a high average of accuracy. He is a good player.