Januka Dilshan became the Sri Lanka Junior Open golf champion for the first time at the Junior Golf Championship that concluded at the RCGC course at Model Farm Road on December 17.
The 17-year-old, son of a caddie, a school dropout, played excellent golf in the three rounds to win with an aggregate score of 225. His scores of 72, 74 and 79 are considered good for a lad of his age. Amazingly, his handicap is just 2 having taken to the game only three years ago.
Despite rain affecting the course, where bounce was not visible, almost the all golfers who competed played very well to make the competition very exciting.
A total of 78 entries were received and this is the highest number in the history of junior golf. According to tournament officials the participants surprised everyone with their play.
Prashan Peiris was the runner-up in the overall standing with an aggregate of 233 which was the same standing as in the Gold division. He too obtained scores of 79, 78 and 76 in the three rounds.
The competition in the Silver division finished in a cliff hanger with the winner Taniya Minel Balasuriya winning by just one stroke.
Nigel Fernando won the bronze division with a score of 173 while Yannik Kumara finished second with 186.
The Copper Division, for those under 9 years, was won by Nirekh Tejwani who obtained a score of 92.