Uwise wins Pin Fernando Trophy
Smart and eloquent, Kumar Boralessa paid massive tributes to the
legend, the late W.P. Fernando, affectionately known as 'Pin', in
whose memory a superbly organized and extremely well patronized
tournament took place at the Ridgeways over the last week-end, lavishly
sponsored by United Tractor & Equipment Co. Ltd., whose Chief
Executive is his son, Priath Fernando. The Award Ceremony and cocktail
session was a rousing success and well spent in a great spirit of
warm friendliness. Attractive Sarita co-ordinated superbly.
14 handicapped Ajmal Uwise hits a helluva straight ball
and mighty far too. He was in stunning form when in the finals he
beat a strong field with a praiseworthy 68 to collect the handsome
Pin Fernando Trophy, and a replica from great-grandmother superior,
Pam Fernando. Ajmal celebrated at the expense of UTE. Primal Wijenayake,
a dashing player of some class, came behind with 69, followed by
Mohan Ratnayake who took nett par round which must have pleased
him. Additionally, he was recognised with the best gross score.
There were several gymkhana and the winner's received
their awards from Graham Lythgoe, Area Manager, Catepillar; attractive
Druki Martenstyn and Priath Fernando. Narendra Wijemanne was exceptionally
smart with a superbly compiled nett score of 39 points and Arshad
Ahamad flashed a bright gross score of 30. J.J. Ambani picked 2
birdies to be recognised.
Strong and positive Sumedha struck a stunning drive of
350 yds to win the longest drive contest comfortably. Arshad Ahamed's
winning streak was disturbed. C. Thurairajah's victory in the closest
to the pin contest must have embarrassed him. Tony Nadarajah was
beaming all evening demonstrating shot by shot his effort of collecting
Silver haired, well preserved Thiagalingam Nirmalalingam,
was the oldest qualifier and he was amply rewarded, and young Suhayb
Sangani, a very talented fella, was the youngest to impress.
Fernando was eloquent at speech time and his dear mother, Pam, a
shade emotional related the success of Pin's life as a golfer, gentleman
and popular personality, which was fully endorsed, with an incessant
round of applause.
up the rear, Stephen Griffin and Anoup Kundanmal moved into cracking
centuries studded with visits to the ponds. Janak Hirdaramani was
restless through both rounds. He has quickened his swing, which
moves him faster to the drink.