32 Gents, 16 Ladies qualify for knock out stage

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The top 32 Gents booked their berth for the knock out stage of the 132nd Amateur Golf Tournament being worked off at the Royal Colombo Golf Course (RCGC) in Colombo.

Meanwhile, the 116th Ladies event played concurrently for the F.B. de Mel Cup, too, reached the knock out stage with the top 16 Ladies booking their berth.

Top class golfers Amrith de Soysa, Kushal Johnpillai and Shanaka Perera have qualified in the Gents segment, along with young guns Reshan Algama, Nirek Thejwani (who toured Scotland recently) and K. Danushan. All three are quite capable of giving the seniors a run for their money.

Taniya Balasuriya, Anouk Chitty and Anushya Weerakkody are the three top lady golfers in the final 16, but another leading golfer, Kaya Daluwatte, is in India at present and missed the event.

Gents draw

Amrith de Soysa vs Thenuk Sathnidu

Nirekh Tejwani vs Reshan Algama

N. Ranga vs L. Lowaranve

Kushal Johnpillai vs R. Sureshan

Varun Murugan (India) vs Aloksbana Weerasinghe

J. Indika vs Nilantha Waidyarathna

K. Danushan vs Selvakumar

Rosana Prasad vs Januka Dilshan

Chalitha Pushpika vs Noordeen Sethwala

Suhayb Sangani vs Suraj Doshi (India)

A. Dhanaranjan vs Jaya Prakash

Chanaka Perera vs Ravindra Wijeguneratne

M. Amarapathma vs R. Rajapaksha

Husni Uwise vs Sampath Kalum

U. Ranasinghe vs R. Rupasinghe

U. Dinesh vs Shamal Perera

 Ladies

Jade Jiggens vs D. Wanasinghe

Manori Jayakody vs Gnei Jehan Lye

Sumithra Ukwatta vs Dinumi Sanjana

Fran de Mel vs Dinoo de Mel

Taniya Balasuriya vs Anushya Weerakkody

Anouk Chitty vs Dhevinka Kanag Isvaran

Shayanika Fernando vs D. Boralessa

Sherin Balasuriya vs Yun Jeong Chui

By Special Correspondent