Nirekh pips defending champ Chanaka


Young Nirekh Tejwani, fresh from his return with a satisfactory showing at the Junior Open in Scotland, played wonderful golf showing maturity beyond his years to be crowned the 132nd Sri Lanka Amateur champion, when he pipped defending champion M.U. Chanaka Perera at the post over the 36-hole final on 10 September,  He became the second member of Royal Colombo Golf Club to secure the Championship, 53 years after legendary Pin Fernando achieved that feat.

Taniya Balasuriya won the Sri Lanka Ladies Amateur Open Golf Championship beating younger sister Sherin in the final and creating yet another record for the history books. Taniya continues to perform at the top level amongst the women golfers in Sri Lanka.

The women’s final too went to the wire with the experienced Taniya pipping Sherin at the post.

“It was a wonderful tournament with many good performances which augurs

well for Sri Lanka Golf in the future. Congratulations to young Nirekh and Taniya.

 “A big thank you to Royal Colombo Golf Club and Vice President Ranil Peiris and Lady Captain Anouk Chitty who organised the tournament ably supported by
SI Kasturiratne and Brg.(Retd) Nanda Hathurusinghe. Our thanks go out to The Colombo Linen
Merchants – Chaminda Sitambaram, Manjula Lanerolle and Dev Jewelers – Rathis Kanth,” said President
Sri Lanka Golf Michael Magala Perera.

Almost hundred golfers participated, with a few entries from India.