Vairavanathan wins Lexmark Classic

At the Royal Colombo Sanjeewa Wickremanayake has been identified as the very best caretaker of the Ridgeways in recent years with the exception of Kumar Boralessa's period when he was in complete charge. The course is in great nick with superbly manicured fairways and true greens. Saturday's golf was enjoyable followed by great fellowship and a swanky award ceremony, a classy banquet and the choicest of alcoholic beverages. I am sorry I missed all the fun and games because I am still stricken.

The Results
Closest to the pin: Winner Mithum Perera – special award to Prof. M.H. Ismail.
The distance was nothing much to talk about 9 ft. is a helluva long way from the pin.
Best Gross score on par: 5 holes Pferoze Billimoria - 12 Strokes.
Best Gross Score on 6 hidden holes: Mohan Ratnayake 24 strokes. A commendable performance which I understand 4 pars and 2 birdies. His posh award came from Ferrin the "merry man" Careem, the Hilton Jeweller & President of the Royal Colombo. Mohan celebrated briefly at the one stop 19th on the way home.

A Division
Sanjiv the young bright spark still quite "lupperty" has a long way to but he can shorten that distance with more application and may be a few lessons from our renowned coach Vairavanathan is an excellent prospect. Sheron Fernando another star performer came behind him by a very slender margin of 1 stroke 71.

"B" Division
Amal Cabraal is neat and compact. He had a rousing round of nett 67 to win the "B" Classic and call the shot at the 19th. Time to play is his constraint. His professional career is quite demanding. Greg Ritchie followed him with nett 69.

"C" Division
This was the battle of the rookies which Warinda Madanayake came through with a brilliant nett 66. His system was rocking all day but steadied down after sunset. Bernard Tan was behind him with nett 67.

Debit & Credit Dayanda Hewawasam was quite spritely. He played a sharply contested game, gave little away and settled for 69 nett to beat a seasoned campaigner Sarath Wickramaratne by one stroke.

W.H. Lee had little to talk about with nett 72. Mohan Wickremanayake was breathing down his neck to fall behind by one stroke nett 73.

Disaster Zone
C. .Amerasinghe struck an ugly 103. Mihindu Chandrasoma, Doc.Thurai. Anel de Silva, Lalit Ramanayake and Ian Pragnell played hell with 19 over par each. In the "B" Division there were 13 centurions – the most scintillating came from the club-head of Sarath Piyaratne. Sumal Perera and Kumar Boralessa made pretty packs of confetti. In the "C" Division 35 cracked sparkling centuries. Victor Castellino struck 122 strokes with many visits to the sticks, ponds and the roofs on the outer fringe of the course. Dan Jayasuriya's confetti was the absolute pick.

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