Sixteen-year-old Armand Flamer Caldera played brilliant golf on the final day to card a gross 73 and win the Kandy Regional Junior Open Golf Championship held at the Victoria Golf and Country Resort course in Dagana, Kandy.
He beat the leader until then, Vinod Weerasinghe in a sudden death playoff after being 5 strokes behind at the start on the final day.
It was an exciting play off, where both players were matching shot to shot but Armand’s nerves was the stronger as he proved himself worthy of the coveted title of “Prima Regional Junior Champion” in the Gold Division.
Januka Dilshantoo who came with a good last round score had to settle for second runner-up place.
In the Silver Division (12 – 14 years) playing 18 holes, experienced Taniya Balasuriya enjoyed a comfortable win, playing consistent golf over the two days with an aggregate score of 167. Both P.A. Dimuthu and Dhuvarshan were tied on 175 but Dimuthu went on to be first runner-up on the countback and Dhuvarshan ended second runner-up. In the Bronze Division (age group category 10 – 11 years) playing 13 holes saw Sherin Mithara have a comfortable win with a total score of 119 over Nirekh Tejwani with a total score of 122 over two days of play. Followed by Yannik Kumara who improved on the second day but failed to close the leader gap and had to settle for second runner-up with a total score of 128. In the Copper Division (Age 9 & under) playing 9 holes Shanal Binuksha won by 7 shots with a score of 85 and took the most junior category win in style. Kvahn Tejwani was first runner-up with a total score of 92. For second and third runner-up places saw a battle between Musa Shariff of UAE and Pranav Muralidaran, however Musa with total score of 102 got the better of Pranav who had 105.
The event was conducted by the Sri Lanka Golf Union and sponsored by Prima Sunrise Bread.
Ken de Alwis, Secretary of the Sri Lanka Golf Union, gave the winner’s trophy. Dinesh Wimalachandra-Manager, Special Events, represented Prima Sunrise Bread, the sponsor at the prize presentation.
Gold Division (Age 15 – 17yrs)
1.Armand Flamer Caldera 155, 2. Vinod Weerasinghe 155, 3. J. K. Januka Dilshan 160, 4. T. Akash 175.
Silver Division (Age 12 – 14yrs)
1.Taniya Minel 167, 2. P.A. Dimuthu 175, 3. Dhuvarshan 175, 4. Kayla Perera 180.
Bronze Division (Age 10 – 11yrs)
1.Sherin Mithara 119, 2. Nirekh Tejwani 122, 3. Yannik Kumara 128, 4. K. Danushan 133.
Copper Division (Age 9 & under)
1.Shanal Binuksha 85, 2. Kvahn Tejwani 92, 3. Musa Shariff (UAE) 102, 4. Pranav Muralidaran 105.