West Monsoon Festival of Golf
This year's South West Monsoon Golf Competition will experience
typical monsoon weather and the reports have it that play may be
affected if the pace of the present rainfall continues.
The first event is for the Calcutta Medal donated to the
Royal Colombo by the Royal Calcutta in the year 1888 and played
on the Galle Face esplanade the first home of the Royal Colombo.
A highly competitive event the winner last year was the dashing
fun lover Kumar Mirchandani.
The Victoria Golf Club folded in 1947 and the Royal Colombo
Golf Club warmly welcomed their entire membership. In appreciation
and a gesture of goodwill the Victoria Golf Club donated the handsome
Victoria Cup for competition at the Royal Colombo. The buoyant and
popular Banker Sarath Piyaratne captured the Trophy last year.
Rusi Captain collected this Trophy last year as he has
done several times before. A comparatively new competition it draws
much attention and huge participation.
This classy event traces its history to the Colombo Golf
Club the original name of the Royal Colombo. This gorgeous Medal
was introduced in 1890 and from 1950-1978 it was the firm preserve
of the maestro legend Pin Fernando on 21 occasions. Through recent
years Rusi Captain has collected the award to add to his Soukh.
I have very little to report the stray news that the powerful
stroke player Sarath Wickremaratne won the "A" Title with
a one under par nett 70. He tied with that elegant young player
Shehan Ramanayake and got ahead with a better rear nine.
The rest of the news is clouded because I reliably understand
that the Captain has decreed and dished out instructions that news
and results should not be given to me in the future, interfering
with an arrangement I have enjoyed for 32 years from 1973 when Pin
Fernando invited me to contribute Golf stories from the Royal Colombo
and Dr. Lance Fernando wanted the Golf Union to be included in my
dispatches. Nevertheless, this does not preclude me from continuing
with my column as I have much more to write about.