Victoria Golf Resort (VGR) and Nuwara Eliya Golf Club (NEGC) will tee off in an exhilarating golf tournament, marking the much-anticipated 4th installment of their annual rivalry on the 14th of October 2023. With a history that dates back to 2017, this tournament has become a highly anticipated event for golf enthusiasts in Sri Lanka. However, due to the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament was on pause between 2020 and 2022.
Both teams are led by formidable captains who have a wealth of experience on the golf course. Nayana Dehigama, who has numerous achievements on the course and a deep understanding of the sport, leads NEGC whilst the VGR team will be led by Kanchana Wickremasinghe.
In the Ladies event, Ahalya Rajan leads NEGC while another veteran in the golfing circle, Niloo Jayathilake leads the VGR team. The golf course itself will provide a challenging yet rewarding backdrop for the players to exhibit their skills. The lush greens and breathtaking landscapes will add to the overall excitement of the tournament.
Nayana Dehigama, skipper of NEGC said “The return of this tournament after a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic has been a breath of fresh air. It is an honor to be a part of this tradition that brings together golfers from both clubs.”
Kanchana Wickremasinghe, the captain of VGR, said, “These tournaments provide us with an incredible opportunity to showcase our skills and forge strong connections with fellow golfers. This annual event not only strengthens the bond between the two golf clubs but also highlights the resilience and determination of the sporting community in overcoming obstacles”.
In the initial year 2017 saw NEGC Gents winning the event while on the following year VGR regained the trophy winning both the Ladies and Gents events. The last tournament in the series was played in 2019 which saw NEGC winning both the Ladies and Gents events.
The tournament will be sponsored by Lynear Wealth Management. Commenting on their association with the tournament Dr. Naveen Gunawardhana, Managing Director, and Co – Founder of Lynear Wealth Management, said “LYNEAR Wealth Management is excited to partner with Victoria Golf Resort and Nuwara Eliya Golf Club as sponsors of the Derby 2023. We wish both teams the best of luck!”
Commenting on the tournament Head of Asset Management, John Keells Properties and Vice President John Keells Holdings, Rusiru Abeyasinghe said, “We are pleased to host the Victoria Gregory Derby and resume the rivalry after a brief pause. We are also happy to welcome Lynear Wealth Management as sponsors of the tournament. Best of luck to both teams!”