golf in B’lore
By Ruwanthi Herat Gunaratne
They are back. Tired yet happy. For Amrith de Soysa, Binupa Wijesinghe
and Mithun Perera this was the ideal opportunity to exhibit their
talents in the field of golf.
The All India Golf Championship was held close to the end of last
month at the Karnataka Golf Club in Bangalore, India.
a 15-year-old student of the Colombo International School, this
was the second All India Championships. When the Sunday Times spoke
to him he said he really missed the team spirit which existed last
year at the same competition. He said he remembers going to the
Philippines some time ago. "It was just me, in the team whilst
the other countries were represented by at least six junior golfers"
He added : "It was much more interesting this year". Amrith
stumbled on to golf quite
"A couple of years back I was having lunch at the Golf Club
and one of the caddie's came up to me and asked if I was willing
to play a round of golf. The rest as they say is history. And the
future? I'm leaving for the States in a few days to attend a golf
school in Florida. Here I'll be studying in the morning and playing
golf in the evening".
youngest member of the team is a 12-year-old student of Wycherley
International School. He was quoted as saying, "It was my uncle
who introduced me to the game. Now I play golf about five days of
the week". Binupa participated in the 10 - 12 age category.
Though he was not able to make it to the top five, Binupa was able
to gain a lot from the experience of travelling out of the country
as a group representing Sri Lanka. Is it only golf that interests
him? "I also swim, but my aim is to one day grow to be a professional
golfer", he said.
no introduction. This 16-year-old is a student of President's College
and is the son of veteran Golfer Nandasena Perera. It was inevitable
that his focus too would soon turn to golf. "I started playing
with my father's clubs a few years ago, and the sport simply grew
on me", he said with a wry smile.
This was his
first tournament abroad and it was helpful he said. "It was
nice to travel as a team". He too plans to go into professional
golf soon. Though these youngsters were unable to bag any of the
titles the experience was worth it. Amongst the others that participated
were golfing juniors from all over the region.
Some of the
Indian teams play a minimum of 11 tournaments a year, travelling
extensively. Considering the fact that we do not play as many games,
our placing at this tournament was well worth the effort. Pheroze
Billimoria coaches both Amrith and Binupa whilst Mithun is being
coached by none other than his father. Sri Lankan Airlines sponsored
their Air tickets.
effort to promote hill capital rugby
By Bernie Wijesekera
Kandy S.C. and Kandy Youth CC have joined hands to organise a Mobitel
'Sevens' rugby tournament for the first time in the Kandy District
today (Sunday) at Nittawela, starting at 9.30 a.m.
This was revealed
to The Sunday Times by Dr.Sarath Kapuwatte, the president of KSC.
He said, the organisers will not participate, but encourage newcomers
(Clubs) to join the scrum. There are quite a number of schools playing
rugby barring Colombo. The respective schools have formed clubs
- schools like Trinity, St. Anthony's, Kingswood, Dharmaraja, Vidyaratha,
St. Sylvester's, Dimbula Planters Summer Hill N'Eliya, Matale and
Kurunegala, Kandy combined hotels, Combined Banks will take part.
The event will be sponsored by Mobitel.
This was the
brainchild of the former Minister of Sports, Lakshman Kiriella to
uplift this popular sport in the district with the formation of
more clubs in Kandy than confining it to one or two clubs. This
is not going to help the school leavers to be in continuity said
Kiriella, when he was the Minister of Sports to The Sunday Times.
have already organised coaching clinics to beginners in the district
at Nittawella, handled by Hemantha Yatawara, overlooked by George
Simpkin. It's open to all and no barriers. Even the parents are
harnessed into this programme.
This is a laudable
move jointly organised by KSC and Kandy Youth to afford the merging
clubs scrum down at competitive level. Thilanga Sumathipala, Chairman
of the S.L.T. and former president of the Cricket Board will be
the chief guest.