Sri Lanka’s professional golfers will get the opportunity to showcase their true skills in the Asian circuit, when they face a field of professional golfers from Asia at the JAT Sri Lanka Open Golf Championship which will be played at the Ridgeways course from July 18 to 22.
Sri Lanka’s golfers are known to be doing well at the Indian and Asian professional tours held throughout the year.
The Sri Lanka Golf Union (SLGU) is negotiating with a leading national television company to relay the final two days live to Sri Lankan viewers.
Sri Lanka’s top professional golfers in the likes of Mithun Perera, Anura Rohana, K. Prabagaran and defending champion N. Thangaraja will face top golfers from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Malaysia. At least six Indian golfers, who played in the Sri Lanka Open in 2014 and 2015, are certain to participate.
The Sri Lanka Open was first held in 1970 with the objective of motivating golf club members to take up golf professionally. This venture resulted in Nandasena Perera representing Sri Lanka and winning several titles within the Asian Region.
Speaking about the venture of the SLGU to promote the game throughout the country, Priath Fernando, President of the SLGU said that Army, Navy and Air Force have already built their own golf courses. The game will also be promoted in schools with tournaments to be held at junior level.
JAT Sri Lanka Open is a stroke-play event and high prize money will be presented to the winners.