Dhruv Sheoran salvaged some pride for India defeating Chalitha Pushpika 3 & 1 in the 1st semi-final yesterday to set up an intriguing India â€“ Sri Lanka 36-hole final in the 130th Sri Lanka Amateur Golf Championship to be concluded today at the spectacular Nuwara Eliya Golf Club.
Chalitha made too many mistakes, hitting out of bounds on the 4th and 8th, in addition to several missed putts. Despite all these errors, Chalitha was just 1 down playing the 15th and a missed putt cost him the hole to be â€˜dormieâ€™ 2 down. Dhruv Sheoran hit a brilliant tee hot on the Par 3, 17th to seal the match 3 & 1.
In the all Sri Lankan second semi- final, G P Sisira Kumara continued his steady golf to defeat team Mate, N. Amarapadma 3 & 2. Sisira Kumara reached his second consecutive Sri Lanka Amateur Golf Championship final, having been the runner-up last year to Namuangruk of Thailand. The 36-hole final commences at 7.30 a.m. and Sisira Kumara is expected to avenge his loss in the final last year and annex the Amateur Championship title for 2017. Nevertheless, Dhruv Sheoran of India is a leading Amateur who was the top qualifier in the 2017 PGTI Q-School, awaiting the opportunity to represent India in the Asian Games in 2018.
The Sri Lanka â€“ India clash is sure to be a cracker and an opportunity for Sri Lanka to win the championship last won in 2012 by N. Thangaraja, whilst India last won in 2013, courtesy of Syed Saqib Ahmed.
Semi- final results:
Dhruv Sheoran beat M H Chalitha Pushpika 3 & 1
G P Sisira Kumara beat N Amarapadma 3 & 2