Golf Sri Lanka Ancient Golfing nation-a Re Birth
JAT SRI LANKA OPEN 2016 COMMENCES MONDAY
Asian Tour 13th ranked Rashid Khan a Multiple Winner on the Asian Tour leads a strong contingent of Professionals in the Open Golf Championship for Professionals organized by the Sri Lanka Golf Union.
The local challenge is led by Mithun Perera also on the Asian Tour who will be eyeing his first Sri Lanka Open Victory. R. A. Anura Rohana Ranked 4th in the PGTI 2016, Thangaraja the defending Champion, K. Prabagaran twice Winner in 2014 & 2013, Lalith Kumara, Vijitha Bandara, former Winner Amarapadma, Tissa Chandradasa can all make a challenge.
Notable absentee is Sri Lankan origin professional Zen Dharmaratne who is currently engaged in Asean Golf
The RCGC Professional Jehan De Saram, other Indian Professionals M. Dharma 2015 Runner-up, C. G. Somiah, Sandeep Syal, Syeb Saqib Ahmed, together with Aadil Jehangir, Ahamed Shahid Javed, Waseem Rana and Danyall Jehangir complete the Pakistan competition.
The Sri Lankan Amateurs Amrith De Soysa, Kushal Johnpillai, Husni Uwise, Sachin De Silva, Prashan Peiris, Zaffar Sikkander, Sisira Kumara, Navinda Ranga will play among the Professionals.
The JAT Sri Lanka Open 2016 has a Prize Purse of Two Million Five Hundred Thousand Rupees thanks to the Title Sponsorship of JAT Holdings (Pvt) Ltd and the Co- Sponsor United Tractor & Equipment (Pvt) Ltd (UTE – CAT). The professional competition encouraged by sponsorship will help lay the platform for the SLGU to conduct a Sri Lanka Professional Golf Tour 2017.
The Golf Open 2016 will be Teed – Off with the Pre- Qualify Round played on Monday for the balance spots from an entry field of 110. About 70 plus automatic qualify spots leave only a few chances to play in the Jat Sri Lanka Golf Open 2016.
Only 90 Golfers will Tee-Off on Tuesday in the 1st Round of the Jat Sri Lanka Open 2016.
The Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, 22nd July after the completion of the Final Round at the Royal Colombo Golf Club Course.