Two 16-year-olds, Dhanushi Senadhira and Maleena Awn will represent Sri Lanka at the Queen Sirikit Cup Asia Pacific Golf Tournament to be held from May 28-30 in Tokyo, Japan.
Teenagers Senadhira and Awn from Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya and Ladies’ College, Colombo, respectively have been selected based on their performances at the recently held trials, a spokesperson for RCGC told ‘The Island’ yesterday.
Although there had been four players selected earlier, two players have dropped out due to personal and medical reasons leaving it to teenagers to battle it out at the 30th edition of the Queen Sirikit Cup.
Nilu Jayathilaka, the most senior golfer of the quartet and Thuhashini Selvaratnam have dropped out citing personal and medical reasons.
The tournament, which was earlier scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka was shifted to Japan due to security reasons and the Sri Lankan authorities believe that the tournament will be a huge exposure for the sixteen year olds.
Despite their young age, the duo has represented Sri Lanka in several International Golf Tournaments with Danushi Senadhira being the most experienced of the two.
Danushi, who has a previous Queen Sirikit Cup experience when she took part in the last tournament in the Philippines, has played in the British Junior Open in Manchester, SAC Championship (2007) in Nepal, the Malaysian Open (2007) and Pakistan open in Islamabad (2007).
Danushi was the runner up at the Pakistan Ladies’ Open and her contribution helped the Sri Lanka team finish runner up in the SAC Championships beating eight other countries. Currently playing what the officials said as very good golf at the RCGC, she has taken part in several club tournaments in the United States, an experience which will benefit her immensely when she competes at the 14 nation tournament.
Meanwhile, Maleena Awn who is considered an energetic and an up and coming golfer will have her Malaysian Open and recent Northern India Open championship experiences to challenge her opponents in Japan.
Maleena, who has worn the National cap also in sailing will want to see her repeated in the field of golf as well. She won a Gold medal at the South Asian Yachting Regatta.
While Usha de Silva, Lady Captain of the RCGC will accompany the team as the Official cum Delegate, Anusha Senadhira will be the non playing captain and the manager of the team.