Army Gifts the Nation with Re-laid Golf Course & Clubhouse of
[July 01 2018]
'Highlanders' Cup Golf Tournament - 2018' in re-laid
Diyatalawa Army Golf Course received another fillip when it was gifted
with the new state-of-the-art Clubhouse of exceptional design on
Saturday (30), marking its exposure to both global and local golfers
Initiated by the Sri Lanka Army Golf Committee (SLAGC),
chaired by Brigadier Nanda Hathurusinghe, the most required new
Clubhouse was made a reality, thanks to the unstinted support extended
by the Commander of the Army, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake who
inspired the SLAGA to complete it within 3 months and vested it in both
Army golfers and others as a conceptual notion of the Commander of the
The day's itinerary on Saturday (30) kicked off with
the arrival of the Chief Guest, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake and
the subsequent welcome speech, delivered by Brigadier Nanda
Hathurusinghe, Chairman, SLAGC, in connection with the inauguration of
the tournament and the ceremonial opening of the Army Golf Clubhouse.
The day's Chief Guest for the opening of the new
Clubhouse, Lieutenant General Mahesh Senanayake in his speech soon after
the awarding ceremony traced history and recalled how Golf gained
popularity in the country with the arrival of colonial masters and
pointed out how it discriminated, keeping locals away from the game,
confining it to a 'privileged' community of aristocrats in the period.
"The British who introduced the game to Diyatalawa
garrison town when they were in Sri Lanka considered the game
exclusively, meant for 'Royals' and kept the locals away. The world has
now opened it to all those interested and crossed all boundaries. Sri
Lanka with several golf courses of great beauty and variety has
stimulated golfing delight, and I am sure, the Diyatalawa Army Golf
Course would raise it to new heights and add a new dimension to the
game," the Commander quipped.
The completely re-laid Golf Course at Diyatalawa, now
with the new Clubhouse, built, identical to a Scottish architectural
design, has cost the Army about Rs 5 million. The climax of the day's
ceremony awarded trophies and certificates to the winners in the
Highlanders' Cup Tournament for the overall Best Net points, the winner
with Best Gross points, Best Winners and Runners-up in Divisions 'A' and
'B' and several awards to lady players in the tournament.
The tournament was also graced by a fine assortment of
serving and retired Army Golf fans, who had assembled together under one
roof, to either witness or participate in the tournament, in addition to
the large group of outside players who have enthusiastically contributed
to the second Army-organized Golf Tournament in Diyatalawa.
Troops of the 17 Corps of Engineer Services (17 CES)
Regiment threw their full weight behind the marvellous construction of
the Clubhouse in Diyatalawa and the handover of it well in time to meet
with the deadline.
Golf which does find a place in the sports calendar of
the country as well as among Army personnel and servicemen, following
the addition of the new Clubhouse, will make a landmark entry into the
field, to match with international standards.
In his welcome brief to the occasion, Brigadier
Hathurusinghe paid a glowing tribute to the Commander and said that it
was the Commander's strength as the driving force behind the project,
made the exclusive erection of the new Clubhouse to make it a reality
within a matter of just 3 months.
"It was his vision that this Clubhouse should be
completed, along with other improvements to the Course in order to make
this as one of the best golfing attractions in the Island", he
Air Marshal Kapila Jayampathy, Commander of the Air
Force, Major General Seevali Wanigasekara (Rtd), Major General Srinath
Rajapaksha (Rtd), Major General Rukmal Dias, Commander, Security Forces
- Central (SFHQ-Cen), Major General Jagath Gunawardane, Master General
Ordnance at the Army Headquarters, Major General Jagath Rathnayake,
Engineer Brigade Commander, Army, Navy and Air Force Senior Officers and
a gathering of invitees attended the inaugural ceremonies.
Courtesy : Army Media Unit