A dynamic two-member junior team will represent Sri Lanka at the R & A Junior Open Championship to be played at the 6,655 yards, Par 71 Monifieth Golf Course in Scotland from 11 to 13 July. They will be accompanied by Niloo Jayatilake and Tharanga Gunasekera.
Kaya Daluwatte will play in the R & A Girls Junior Open Championship, whilst Nirekh Tejwani participates in the Boys Championship.
Junior Golf in Sri Lanka has been nurtured with dedication and commitment over the past ten years, and these two talented juniors have been selected to represent Sri Lanka Golf at the prestigious event. The R & A Junior Open 2022 coincides with the 150th British Open Championship, happening concurrently from 10 – 17 July at St Andrews just 30 minutes away.
13-year-old Kaya playing golf at the age of 7, fell in love with the game within months and today she holds a handicap of 4 and is the youngest member of the Sri Lanka Golf Women’s National Squad. Kaya is the winner of the Sri Lanka Junior Open Golf Championship played in December 2021 (Gold Division Girls 12-18+) and is the current RCGC Ladies Section Club reigning Champion.
Kaya said; “I am honoured to represent Sri Lanka at the prestigious Junior British Open this year, playing against the best in the world in my category, and excited to watch my favorite players at the 150th British Open Championship.”
16-year-old Nirekh took his first steps into the world of golf at the tender age of four and won his first tournament – Sri Lanka Junior Open Golf Championship Copper Division at the age of 9. Over the last 7 years he has participated and ranked in over 50 tournaments locally and overseas. Some of his noteworthy performances include overall winner at the 2018 and 2019 Sri Lanka Junior Open Golf Championships, gaining 3rd place in the IGU All India Junior Golf Championship (Category C) in 2018, winner of the 2020 Maclauchlan Cup and HSBC Premier Junior Golf Championship. Nirekh has been ranked first nationally 3 times and second twice in the relevant age category between 2016 and 2020. He is eagerly looking forward to representing Sri Lanka at the prestigious R&A Junior British Open Championship in 2022.
“I am honoured and excited to represent my country. This is a fantastic opportunity for me to compete and meet golfers of my age group from around the world,” said a smiling Nirekh on the threshold of his debut representation at International Level.
Niloo Jayatilake said: “I am thrilled to be accompanying our junior golfers this year and look forward to seeing them compete amongst the very best in the world. In addition, receiving a pass to witness ‘The 150th Open’ is a dream come true for me.”
Sri Lanka can be hopeful of a good showing by these two immensely talented and dedicated young Golfers.