Lalith Kotelawala without doubt is the man for all seasons. An alert, smart trader and merchant he handles a massive empire with great distinction and success. In his early youth he was an excellent golfer and he adorned the Havelock Golf Club and The Royal Colombo with many memorable performances. Until a few years ago he was a regular at the Royal Colombo. Drifting from golf he got deeply involved in the day-to-day lives of caddies and did a hefty job to improve their desperate situation. He had resistance which soured his interest and forced him to call it a day. His enthusiasm for golf continues and his support is always around. Just recently he sponsored a rousingly successful tournament for Trillium Trophies and over 15 dozen golfers took off enthusiastically. His success has not been a sole effort. They say that behind every successful man there is a woman and that’s where Sicille stands – a gorgeous lady.
Arshad Ahamed moved clear of the wilderness and came off with a smashing nett 67 to beat bright spark Sanjay Wettimuny by 2 strokes. Sunil Jayakody, Manjula Chandrasoma and Zhuang Lizhou messed around like hell. Ahmed also had the distinction of striking the lowest score 73.
Kushal Johnpillai was bright and quite accurate off the tees as he measuredly collected a praiseworthy nett 67 to beat Ken de Alwis on 69. There were dozens of hundreds with the sparklers coming from Manjula Karunaratne and Rohan Fernando. Johnpillai had a commendable gross score of 79.
Kamlesh Johnpillai was at his brilliant best smashing a resounding nett 62 to shock his system and call for applause. He wore a broad grin of pleasure throughout the afternoon. B.K. Jun came behind with 69. There was a massive collection of centurions and packets and packets of confetti. Kamlesh also hit recognition with the best gross score of 81. Rex Hatherely, Lal de Mel, Pathmasiri Dias, Vinod Hirdaramani, Prasanna Goonetilleka and a few others moved earth, crept into the sticks and gave the pond boys adequate funds for their July trip to Adams Peak.
Mohan a great senior
Mohan Wickramanayake has been knocking at the door and this time his knock opened the door wide open to give him a creditable victory nett 69 and the senior honour. Wickramanayake lit up the 19th and did some autographing. L.P.V. Jayaweera walked behind with nett 71.
Victor Casttellino was in brilliant form shocking his whole system with a stunning nett 62. An unprecedented score in the history of his game – the man was so elated he was looking for an audience to relate the story of his outstanding feat. He was joyous.