Ladies at the Royal Colombo….
The Ladies Section of the Royal Colombo Golf Club has over 300 members with its own “Rules & Constitution’. The administration is conducted and managed annually by a committee elected by the members. The RCGC Ladies’ Section is affiliated to the Ladies’ Golf Union, Scotland, and follows the CONGU System of Handicapping. Therefore, all achievements at the RCGC are recognized internationally.
The RCGC ladies enjoy the privilege of playing on a daily basis but have ‘priority on the course’ once a week. The Ladies’ Committee takes full advantage of this to give the ladies something to compete for every Wednesday. The ladies’ programme for the year includes many fun filled social events as well as 16 LGU Medal Competitions, 12 Stableford competitions and other tournaments. The latter are seriously vied for with all participants looking to be winners whose names will hang for posterity on the Honour Boards displayed in the RCGC’s beautiful Rotunda Room. Some of the Honour Board events include the Ladies Strokeplay Championship, Centenary Plate, Bronze Cup, Ridgeway Cup, Rosebowl Foursomes, Gold Medal & Captain’s Cup. Interclub competitions like the Puffin Cup between the RCGC Ladies Section & NEGC Ladies Section take place annually.
The RCGC ladies proudly boast of having produced outstandingly talented players who have achieved international success, bringing fame and recognition and putting Sri Lanka on the golfing map of the world.
Tiru Fernando turned professional in 1980 and joined the European Circuit where her activities were closely followed by the Sri Lankan golfing community until she retired to answer her true calling.
Thuhashini Selvaratnam continues to hold several course records in Arizona and has also earned the Arizona Women’s Golf Association Player of the Year for the last 8 years consecutively. She continues to excel on the amateur scene in the USA. She made history when reflected in the Guinness Book of Records as the youngest to win a national title at the age of 12 years and 324 days. She presently holds the course record at the Royal Colombo Golf Club (gross 67).
Neesha Nirmalalingam is the youngest winner of the All India Open Amateur Championship and took the title at the Royal Selangor Ladies Open Amateur Championship in the same year at the age of 16.
The Queen Sirikit Cup is ‘THE’ team event of the Asia Pacific region and 14 countries participate for this coveted trophy. The Royal Colombo ladies have had the talent and skill to be able to field a team for this tournament which requires the highest standards in golf. On a lighter note, the RCGC Ladies’ Section organizes their own social calendar, with the celebration of its tournaments being the excuse, and the ‘locals’ and ‘expats’ alike have many happy occasions to remember and look forward to.
All in all the Royal Colombo Golf Club is proud to include a ‘Ladies Section’.