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Unique golf scramble a huge success

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The Royal Colombo Golf Club introduced a fascinating, new Golf format to ensure high comradeship, fellowship and team building when Dialog Telekom sponsored the 1st ever Texas Scramble 2012 played on Sunday 1st July 2012 at the Ridgeways. The tournament was played on a 5 member team basis with 19 teams teeing – off at the same time (shot gun start). The uniqueness of this format was that a high level of integrity is expected as all 5 members form one team and whatever the score returned is accepted on trust. Golf is a Gentleman’s Game and as such the Ladies and Men of the RCGC displayed great attributes returning very acceptable scores.

The Texas Scramble originated in the United States generates a high level of cooperation and strategic thinking and evokes very great sense of enthusiasm and team spirit. The average best score possibility is 9 under par Gross as there is no application of handicap. However the teams have been evenly distributed with Golfers in different handicap categories slotted in by the luck of the draw to formulate well balanced teams. A total number of 95 entries formed 19 teams with 5 teams reduced to 4 members unfortunately. About a dozen Ladies participated and 1 each was drawn into some of the teams. Analyzing the results it prominently reveals that having a Lady in a team was a great advantage.

The winning score was 8 under par Gross with 3 teams tied where veteran lady Golfers Niloo Jayathilake and Swen Selvaratnam were in 2 teams and the 3rd team to tie on 8 under par an all ‘male’ outfit. The team comprising Niloo, James Bakelmun, Thejan De Silva, Ian Williams and S.M.Korathota won on the count back to receive valuable prizes and the Trophy distributed by Jeremy Huxtable – Group Chief Officer of  Dialog Enterprises.

The runners up team comprised Swen Selvaratnam, Shirosha Gunatillake, Jayanath Kumarasiri, C. Hettiaratchchi and Kan Butani. The all men team comprising Nilkamal Perera, Ranjith Jayawardena, A. Manawadu, Pandula Kuruppu and A.K. Thaper finished in 3rd place also receiving valuable prizes.

Special prizes were also awarded to the team with the most accurate Drive on the 10th hole and the nearest to the Pin on the short 9th hole.A word of congratulations to the Captain of RCGC Priath Fernando and his Committee for venturing out into interesting aspects of Golf which introduce novelty and variety adding spice to life – Golfing Life!

Detailed results are as follows:
Texas Scramble 2012 Sponsored By Dialog Enterprise
Winning Team
Trophy –Jeremy Huxtable – Group Chief Officer Dialog Enterprise
Awarded brand new Samsung Smart Phones courtesy of Samsung Electronics Pvt Ltd.
4 Tee Mrs Niloo Jayathilake(8)
63 James Bakelmun
Thejan De Silva(20)
Iam Williams(20)
S. M. Korathota(24)
1st Runner Up Team
Trophy – Mr Jeremy Huxtable – Group Chief Officer Dialog Enterprise
Awarded brand new Sony Experia Mini Phones courtesy of Metropolitan – Only Authorised Distributor in Sri Lanka for Sony Mobile
15 B Tee    Mrs S Selvaratnam(10)
63 Shirosha Gunethilake (18)
P. D. Jayanath Kumarasiri (20)
C. Hettiaratchchi(22)
Kan Butani(24)
2nd Runner Up Team
Trophy – Mr. W. Priath Fernando – Captain RCGC
Awarded brand new Black Berry 8520 Phones from Dialog
17 Tee Nilkamal Perera(10)
63 Ranjith Jayawardena(15)
S. A. W. Manawadu(16)
Pandula Kuruppu (25)
A. K. Thaper(27)
Most Accurate Drive – Team
Trophy – Mr Jeremy Huxtable – Group Chief Officer Dialog Enterprise
10 Tee Amal Thudawe(13)
N   K Piyaratne(15)
Ranjith Wirasinha(17)
Alan J. Saloan(24)
G. Nihal Fernando(26)
Closest to the Pin 09th Hole – Team
Trophy – Mrs.  Jane Hong – Lady Captain RCGC
11 Tee Wasantha De Silva (10)
69 Ranjit Perera(17)
Rohitha Silva(20)
Mrs K Herath(20)
Rahula Seneviratne(27)

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