The Sri Lanka Golf Union together with Prima Sunrise Bread continue its drive to broad base junior golf in the country and scheduled the two regional opens to be played during the school holiday season in August to facilitate more participation. They are likely to see entries for the first time from Nuwara Eliya with junior schools program taking birth after the initiation of the schools program conducted by the Nuwara Eliya Golf Club and the Sri Lanka Golf Union development program.
The first regional championship will be played at the picturesque Nuwara Eliya Golf Club on 1st and 2nd August followed up at the Victoria Golf & Country Resort on 22nd 23rd August. There is likely to be stiff competition among the juniors vying for top honours. The tournament will be played over two days at both locations and will comprise of four age groups namely; under-18 years (Gold Division) under-15 years (Silver Division), under-12 years (Bronze Division), under-10 years (Copper Division).
The tournament is open to both boys and girls under the respective age categories. We are likely to see the talents of G. Danaranjan the Victoria junior golf champion 2014 and Prashan Peiris the Sri Lanka Junior match play champion 2015 and Lamindu Rainika Sri Lanka junior national champion 2014. Also, stiff competition is to be posed by Vinod Weerasinghe, Sathsara Dilshan, Tania Balasuriya, Kayla Perera, Yannik Kumara, T. Vikash, K Danushan and Levon Niyarepola in their respective divisions.
The standard of golf among the junior golfers has improved in the last year with good coaching and development programs put in place. These events will qualify for the Annual National Junior Ranking Points which the SLGU inaugurated in April this year.