Oct 22, Colombo: Responding to SriLankan Airlines' consistent overseas promotional drive to promote leisure golf combined with family holidays, over 170 amateur golfers from 15 nations across the globe have flown into Sri Lanka, to participate in the 14th SriLankan Airlines' Golf Classic on Victoria Golf and Country Resort course in Digana, Kandy, from 23- 27 October.
The international line-up of golfers will be joined by over 50 of local golfers that will increase the total number of participants to around 220 players, creating a great challenge and an opportunity to enjoy 4 consecutive days of leisure golf on the par 73, 18 hole course overlooking the picturesque Victoria Reservoir.
The tournament will be played on two consecutive days by each player and points will be allocated for a player's Gross and Nett Stableford scores over their two rounds.
"We are pleased with the very positive response from players in our online as well as offline destinations who are discovering Sri Lanka's potential as a leisure golf destination which offers a range of options for combined family holidays as well," said SriLankan Airlines Chairman Nishantha Wickremasinghe.
The tournament is supported by the main international aviation industry sponsor, Airbus Industries. Two other industry sponsors are Lufthansa Technik and Rolls Royce who have supported SriLankan's Golf Classic many times before. The airline's Communications Partner is Mobitel while all ground handling for the tournament and tours are entrusted to LankaSportReisen (LSR). Other sponsors are Premadasa Jewellers and Lion Breweries (Carlsberg).
Spread over 200 hectares with Knuckles Range as the backdrop, the Victoria course is among the best in the Indian sub-continent with a fairly challenging turf, as described by many who have played there.
"As the flag carrier, SriLankan Airlines has been actively promoting sports tourism to attract holidaymakers to the country," said the Chief Executive Officer Kapila Chandrasena. " We are encouraged to enhance and make the Golf Classic grow, as it is drawing a lot of interest from golfers all over the world, who are always looking out for new challenging courses."
This year the airline has attracted golfers from the US, Australia, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Malaysia, the UK, France, Germany, Japan, China, India, Abu Dhabi, Oman, Dubai, Pakistan, Italy and our own players in Sri Lanka.
Apart from the Golf Tournament Package which was on offer for the players, several excursions and tours to places such as Nuwara Eliya, Pinnawala, Kandy, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kitulgala, Horton Plains, Minneriya and Uda Walawe were also available for accompanying families and friends on holiday.
SriLankan Airlines flies to 64 cities in 34 countries covering South Asia, South East Asia, the Far East, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and Canada.