Dimo 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.

Gyi Excels
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.

Gunewardena Brilliant
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.

Gymkhana Events
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.

Cocktail Time
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 vulgar occurrence.

Aussie Trip
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.

Outstation teams shine
Outstation 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.

However, Bandarawela 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.

Rover pinpoints

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.

Bad behaviour
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 out.

Junior Coach in tears
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.

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