wins DMS ‘A’ Classic
Hefty Michael Matthysz, son of the rugger star
of yesteryear the late Noel Matthysz, happily heads the sponsorship
panel of DMS Garment Technologies in their annual contribution to
promote golf. The last stroke play tournament at the Ridgeways of
the Royal Colombo was a huge success. 153 players in 3 categories
struck the tees in excellent weather with the ‘B’ players
striking the best scores.
Sanjay Wettimuny, a young stylist, playing off 5 performed splendidly
and in mercurial style brought in a praiseworthy one under par nett
70 to collect the plum award. Long driving Murad Ismail, the son
of former flashy golfer Iftie Ismail, came behind with 73 nett.
Mithun Perera, the prodigy and son of Nandasena, struck a brilliant
score of gross 70 nett 73. His handicap is plus 3. Very unusual,
very rare in the ‘A’ Division category, was Capt. Navin
de Silva’s complicated century – he moved into distress
in uncontrollable turbulence. Sanath Wickramaratne and Tissa Jayasinghe
both single figure handicappers, joined into a partnership to produce
Tae Hwan Kim made a very pleasing round of gross 80 nett 67 to win
from S.M.A. Hameed on gross 86 nett 69 - both creditable performances.
Priya Samarasinghe was quite tidy and pleased with himself with
a nett par round of 71. There were eight smashing centuries with
Ivor Mahroof producing the most confusing collections of strokes.
Eight worked pretty hard in the preparation of confetti, and the
main architects were Ranjan Gooneratne and Jerome Rajendran.
Lucien Ratnayake and Hemal Fernando, the renowned ‘ticker’
specialist, tied one nett 68 each. Ratnayake had a better back nine
depriving the specialist of his first victory in 24 months of golf.
Both celebrated on pots of tea and cream crackers. 20 in this division
cracked centuries - some earth-moving, others neighbourhood disturbing.
Five made small packets of confetti. It was pleasing to see a grand
collection of new to the game players enjoying the outing in splendid
Poolists Left Out
Notable by their absence from the playing scene and another opportunity
of competitive golf lost. I counsel, keep the elitist structure
and standards at the Royal Colombo. Many members have the right
to expect and seek such status as it is a private club. However,
no member will want you to neglect, discard or ignore the talent
of the caddies. We are all aware that there are very many members
who individually and collectively support the stricken caddies in
different forms and then there is a wise guy who thinks that public
golf courses must be built. This thought is as farcical as building
bridges over water hazards.