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Mark Bostock golf on July 28

A full house of over seventy-five golfers have already entered the annual Mark Bostock Memorial Golf Championship organized by the Victoria Golf and Country Resort and sponsored by the Bostock family, Etisalat, Carlsberg and 60 sponsored by DT Options, Debug Computers and Pericyl which will be worked off at the Picturesque Victoria Golf course at Rajawella off Kandy this Saturday (July 28) with the first tee off at 7 am.

The final number of golfers for this major competition is likely to reach the three figure mark with the last minute entry by foreign participants and local golfers.

The Mark Bostock Memorial Golf Championship is one of the biggest golf championships to be organized by the award winning Victoria Golf and Country Resort which has won the award as the best golf course in the Sub-Continent for five years since the golf course was opened 12 years ago in 1999.

This yearís championship will see in addition to the glittering array of trophies, the winner of the main championship will receive a fully paid trip to Agra in India where the winner will spend three days and two nights by courtesy of the organizers Victoria CGR, said the General Manager Australian born Errol Johnston.

The defending Mark Bostock Trophy winner is Swede Bo Lindberg who will be out there to defend the title which he won last year. The winner of the trophy in 2010 was Kandy SCís rugby coach South African born Johan Taylor who may not participate as his club will be playing Havelocks SC in a key rugby match the same day.

No competition is close to the heart of Victoria than this golf championship as it was late Mark Bostock was the founder of the Victoria Golf Course on a 600 acres coconut plantation which was once a Dutch farm. It was during one of his visits to Victoria he conceived this idea which has given a tremendous boost to golf tourism and also to other tourists who would like to have a quiet holiday in sylvan surroundings at the same time living with nature. Plenty of accommodation is available within the golf complex in the form of a chain of chalets and guest houses coupled with the state-of-the-art Araliya restaurant.

Late Mark Bostock was a planter, ruggerite, cricketer and better known as a marksman whose feats are legendary. Later he became the Chairman of the John Keells Group of companies where he displayed his acumen in the field of business. Being a nature lover, one of his main instructions was that the golf course should be constructed without disturbing the environment and this was carried out to the letter and the land has become home to many small wild animals, 80 varieties of birds and also flora indigenous to the country.

The course was designed for 36 holes by that world famous golf architect Donald Steel with the assistance of Martin Ebert and this was implemented by Mark Bosticks trusted Lieutenant and former Group Manager of Aislaby Group Tony Witham who flew over from Australia to undertake this assignment.

Victoria region has benefited much from this golf course as a large number of girls and boys from Digana and Rajawella have found employment in the golf course and over a 100 line room dwellers have been provided with alternate form of accommodation in the form of Cottage type houses with 40 perches of land. This was a windfall for the workers living within the plantation which was earmarked for the golf course.

Thus the people of the area backed this golf course project to the hilt throwing the spanners in the works of the one time protesters who were under the mistaken notion that the golf course would cause harm to the area Ė an idea which was a figment of their imagination.

The Manager Marketing and Events Dhanushika Medagoda who handles the media said that the following events will be worked off in addition to the

Main Championship Ė Mark Bostock Trophy, Ken Balendra Trophy for menís gross winner and runner-up, Menís net event: trophies for winner and runner-up, Nearest to the Pin (Menís), Nearest to the Pin (Ladies), Longest Drive (Menís), Longest Drive (Ladies), Ladies net: Trophies for winner and runner-up, Tony Witham Trophy for ladies gross winner and runner-up

Some of the top golfers who will be seen in action are Gary Chatfield, Ian Tait, Sujeewa Lankatillake, Sirath Kasthuriratne, Sunil Jayakoddy, Rohitha Batapola, Steffan Hansson, Lalith Ramanayake, Bo Lindberg, Thusith Wijesinghe, Richard Haneed, Suren Wass, Fazly Azar, Tony Witham, Sidath Wettimuni, Nimal Wettimuni, Scott Wanigasekera, Errol Johnston, Noel Joseph, Priyantha Kumara, A. Dantanarayana, Veinert Holm, Ajith Krishantha.

Some of the lady golfers who will be seen in action are Niloo Jayatillake, Manori Jayakoddy, Suwen Selvaratnam, Sonia Boyle, Fran de Mel, Jyoti Haynes, Roshni Sangani, Pauline Morley, Chris Benjamin, Yolande Aluwihare, Helga Spendier.

The Victoria golf course is in excellent condition after the recent showers and has been made more challenging the Course Manager Indu Rodrigo under the guidance of General Manager Errol Johnston and there will be plenty of spills and thrills to the golfers.



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