supports Mercedes Benz Golf Championship
Pandithage D. Alexander, the great old gentleman pioneered everything
at DIMOs. From cars to machinery and then to the sports field to
envelop soccer and finally golf. He was a tremendous sportsman himself
with soccer his favourite game. Ranjit
Pandithage who took over from him prefered golf and he very soon
moved in to get the Royal Colombo Golf Club conduct the international
Mercedes Benz annual tournament. He was in absolute ecstasy absorbing
the scene at the Ridgeways last Saturday enjoying the success of
the Eastern leg of the international tournament sponsored by Mercedes
Benz through DIMO. The tournament was a rousing success.
David Gyi's son Alain struck a great patch of fluent stroke play.
The diminutive chap was extremely long to pick up birdies on the
par 5 holes. He was in distress on the 5th and 11th but came out
admirably to collect pars. His commendable score of 38 points tied
with Jehan de Saram but he was judged the winner with a better score
on his rear nine. De Saram and Gyi will fly to the Gold Coast in
Queensland in Australia to participate in the semi-finals. Erath
Gunaratne who collected a praisworthy 36 points will be wait listed.
Joll Ko Wins
Once again Korean Jo ll Ko hit the high spots with an excellent
win in the "B" Division. He had a great round and collected
a formidable 38 points. Navin de Silva, cricketer turned golfer
was happily on the way to an attractive score when a small degree
of untidiness got into a couple of strokes. Head up and a bad shot
and with that went the chance of victory. He is sound off the tee
and fairly dependable on the greens. He picked 36 points to tie
with Ananda Jayasekera and with a better back nine he was able to
confirm a seat to the Gold Coast. Ananda Jayasekera had much to
be proud of. He played a solid round and was quite unfortunate to
miss the flight to Aussie.
15-year-old slender Sanjay Gunewardena was a smashing success. New
to the game the little fellow plays intelligent stuff. Hits a long
ball, very calculatingly round the green, the boy is showing great
prospects. He picked 40 points to win the "C" Division
and also score the highest for the day. Father Rucchi and Grandpa
Norman were beaming with joy. Shivantha de Soysa and Thejan de Silva
played exceptional rounds of 37 points each. Soysa was eventually
judged the better of the two and makes the trip to Aussie.
Rahula Seneviratne got closest to the pin through an absolute miracle.
Amrith de Soysa was unmatchable with the longest drive and Mohan
Alles hit the water, Alles removed earth, Alles hit the boundary
fences and walls all on the way to collect a Wooden Spoon, the prize
for a pauper performance.
The Award Ceremony at Cocktail time was a terrific hive of great
camaraderie. Ranjit Pandithage and his charming petite wife Jeewani
played perfect hosts to a smart gathering of players, spouses and
invitees Those outstanding were Vinita Piyaratne, Neliya Perera,
Nirmalene Ramanayake, Jeevani Pandithage, Fiona Tranchell, Charmaine
Mylvaganam, Niranjala Perera, Tahireh Fonseka. Kirthi Sri Karunaratne,
the famous designer was seen scouting the scene of classic garments.
He looked pretty smart in a translucent silk shirt with Cravat to
match. Lalith Ramanayake, the new Captain of the Royal Colombo was
skilful in speechcraft and Ranjit Pandithage was worth listening
to despite the rude disturbances created by some of the invitees
who kept chattering when their host was speaking. This is a common
Alain Gyi, Jehan de Saram, Jo ll Ko, Navin de Silva, Sanjaya Gunewardena
and Shivantha de Soysa will fly to the Gold Coast in Queensland
to play in the semi-finals and if they win there they will move
to Stuttgart in Germany for the International Finals. All expenses
will be paid courtesy Mercedes Benz and DIMO.
teams won major honours at the Badulla District inter-AGA's division
team games conducted over the weekend at the Vincent Dias Stadium.
In the men's Volleyball Tournament Ella AGA's division emerged champions
defeating Bandarawela AGA's division by 25/21 and 25/07. Ten AGA's
divisions participated at this tournament organised by the Ministry
of Sports, Uva Provincial Council conducted on Saturday.
AGA's division won the Women's Volleyball championships defeating
Welimada AGA's division by 25/18 and 25/16.
In the Men's Kabady Tournament conducted on Sunday Soranatota AGA's
division emerged champion defeating Kandaketiya AGA's division.
Seeing is believing
It was seen that the Minister of Sports made an inspection of the
Sugathadasa Indoor Stadium complex and found fault in its maintenance,
but the Minister should make it a point to be present at the next
swimming meet and see for himself the malfunctioning of the electronic
stop watch which sometimes does not function properly since it is
said to be of inferior quality. Remedial measures should be taken
to attemd to this lapse before it is too late.
A rugby referee in a schools game behaved like a rowdy by forcibly
taking the chair of the doctor in attendance and the parents and
the officer looking after the interests of the doctor were ordered
How is it that a Junior Cricket Coach from a leading school in Colombo
is always seen crying like a child whenever his team loses a match.
I think he should have courage to accept defeat.