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12th February 2019 10:08:33 Hours

Golf Receives Re-invigorated Spirit in Diyatalawa with ORs Entering the Fray

The Army's Inter Regiment Golf Championship, one of the fast emerging sports among Army personnel got underway on a grand scale this year on Saturday (9) at the Army Golf Ground in Diyatalawa. All Regiments in the Army contributed to the event this year by sending 28 Golfers to the tournament.

In this club-and-ball game which relates its roots to the 15th century, the Army's Corps of Sri Lanka Engineers Regiment carried away this year's Championship with the highest score. Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment and Gajaba Regiment golfers, displaying their impressive skills and hard training were placed the 2nd & 3rd places respectively.

In the year 2018, with the full backing of the Commander of the Army, Golf as a key sport in the Army turned a new leaf in its march after setting up a state-of-the-art Club House and the full-fledged turf at Diyatalawa, giving a re-invigorated spirit to the aspirants.

Major General Rukmal Dias, Commandant, Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force and Colonel Commandant, Sri Lanka Artillery who was earlier the Central Commander graced this year's Championship meet as the Chief Guest. In the final awarding ceremony, Major General Dias gave away trophies and shields to the winners, including Major General Nirmal Dharmaratne, a popular golfer in the Army. All new entrants to the sport were introduced to the day's Chief Guest before the games began.

Brigadier Nanda Hathurusinghe, Chairman, Army Golf Committee who was instrumental in organizing the event welcomed the day's Chief Guest. Several civil veterans, retired Senior Army Golfers, Other Ranks and a few invitees watched the day's proceedings with interest.

Names of the medalists who performed during the championship are as follows:

Champions - Sri Lanka Engineers

Sapper I.P.K Illangaratne - Sri Lanka Engineers

Sapper M.W.M.S Meegasthenna

Sapper H.P Silva

Runners up - Sri Lanka Sinha Regiment

Lance Corporal H.P Isuru

Lance Corporal A.D.L.M Ranasinghe

Rifleman A.G.P.M Herath

2nd Runners up - Gajaba Regiment

Major General N.A Dharmaratne

Lance Corporal P.S Dharmaratne

Private K.G.J.B Ratnayake

Inter Regiment Golf Championship - 2018 (Open)

Championship

Private P.G.C Supun Udara of Sri Lanka National Guard

Runners up

Lance Corporal A.K.P.S Ajith Kumara of Sri Lanka Engineers

2nd Runners up

Lance Corporal K.M.A.N Keerthisinghe of Sri Lanka Engineers

Inter Unit Championship (Women)

Championship

Private K.W.D.S Wijegunaratne of 7 Sri Lanka Army Women’s Corps

Inter Regiment Golf Championship - 2018 (40+)

Championship

Major General N.A Dharmaratne

Runners up

Major General G.R.H Dias

2nd Runners up

Colonel A.H.L.G Amarapala