The ‘India Cup’ golf tournament, organised annually since 2006 by the Indo Lanka Chamber of Commerce & Industry (ILCCI) in association with the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka, was held on January 24, 2020. The ultimate award was a grand trophy – the ‘India Cup’ depicting the lion head symbolising strength.
The tournament was held at the Royal Colombo Golf Club and was viewed mainly as a social event rather than a competitive one. It was a resounding success with over 100 players, both male and female taking part. The atmosphere was extraordinary! The players prepared to tee-off in their respective teams, exactly as planned at 10a.m.
From the 30 teams of four, the overall gents’ winner was Radesh Daluwatta, first runner up was Upul De Silva and the second runner up was Sanjiv Vairavanathan. In the Ladies category, the overall winner was Irene Scarth, first runner-up was Suwaneetha Selvaratnam and the second runner-up was Niranjali Amarasooriya.
Other awards presented were Closest to the Pin Hole No. 9, which went to Andy Anderson and Closest to the Pin Hole No. 13, which went to Amal Cabraal. Longest Drive gent’s winner Hole No. 8 winner was Somanath Fernando and the ladies winner was Ruvani Desinghe. In the 9 Hidden Holes, No. 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 16 & 18, Tyab Akbarally emerged as the winner.
An enjoyable day of events ended with an award ceremony and gala dinner at the India House hosted by His Excellency T. S. Sandhu. The award ceremony, which took place in the beautifully maintained garden of the India House, started with a welcome speech given by Romesh David, President of the Indo Lanka Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
As the guests were greeted and welcomed to the India House, their business cards were collected for the raffle draw, which was held after the award ceremony. The Organisers are thankful to their member organisations, Air India, Brandix Apparel Limited, Carson Cumberbatch PLC, South Asia Gateway Terminal, Cinnamon Air, Hilton Colombo, Tata Communications Lanka Ltd., Hemas Holdings PLC, Associated Motorways (Private) Limited, Piramal Glass Co., Lanka IOC, Tal Lanka Hotels, Watawala Plantations and Sunshine Holdings PLC., and also the High Commission of Indian for the support extended in making the event a success.